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Formed by the Association of Wrought Iron Chain Manufacturers to standardise the quality of production of chains and anchors.
Lloyds Register of Shipping supplied a Superintendent who had the authority of Works Manager.
Herbert Morris Limited was founded and was to become one of the leading companies in Europe engaged in the manufacture of cranes, electric hoists and pulley blocks
This Act compelled manufacturers to use an independent proving house for cable and anchors supplied to ships built to Lloyds classifications.
It also laid down a statutory price list to be varied only by application to the Board of Trade.
Several proving houses opened to carry out the requirements of the1899 Act, mostly by Lloyds British Testing Co., Cradley Heath, Tipton, Chester, Sunderland, Newcastle and Glasgow.
Steel chain began to replace wrought iron chains and the 750T machine was installed at Netherton in 1934. During the war years there was a boom which continued into the early 1950's.
Then competition from Japan, Germany and Sweden reduced the shipping tonnage ordered in the UK. Proving houses were closed, eventually leaving only Netherton and Newcastle in operation.
Industrial testing and repair began to replace chain, cables and anchors, particularly at Newcastle, as a major part of the work undertaken. Steps began by shipbuilders to remove the 1899 Anchor and Chain Cable Act from the Statute Book.
The amalgamation of Herbert Morris-Brown Lenox, the Royton Chain Company of Manchester and Liverpool, together with the Crane Aid Division of Herbert Morris Limited, led to the formation of a new company, Crane Aid Services.
The new company continued to expand and in 1977 joined forces with Lloyds British Testing Company Ltd.
Lloyds British joins the Davy Corporation
Lloyds British and Morris Cranes were sold to Trafalgar House.
The KONE Corporation of Finland acquired Lloyds British, which then became part of KONE Cranes.
Due to KONE focusing on crane maintenance service. The hire division of Lloyds British Testing was put up for sale.
A management buy-in was completed on 4th March and Lloyds Equipment Hire was created. That same year, discussions started with KONE Cranes in respect of purchasing the former parent company Lloyds British Testing Co Ltd.
The deal was valued at over £5m.
Acquisition of Lloyds British Testing Co Ltd. by Lloyds Equipment Hire was completed and the new Lloyds British Group was formed.
After a short spell on the AIMS market, Lloyds expanded into new areas with the acquisition of Somers Handling which was integrated into Lloyds British Testing and now known as Lloyds Somers.
Lloyds went on to acquire Rota Handling in Dudley.
Lloyds opened operations in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, North Africa, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait and India.
Lloyds acquires Military Marine and creates Lloyds British Defence.
In December 2016, Lloyds British becomes part of Speedy Asset Services Ltd.
Gerry Furlong - Facilities Manager
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