Rotax is a company manufacturing components used in motorcycles.
1926 An offer to C. A. Vandervell was made by Sir Harry McGowan on behalf of Lucas. The offer was accepted for a consideration of £321,745 in cash. Lucas took the view that joint management of C. A. Vandervell and Co by Lucas and Rotax would not be successful and it decided to take over Rotax also. The consideration of £707,217 for the purchase of Rotax was satisfied partly in cash but for the most part by the issue of Lucas £1 Ordinary shares. Lucas decided to concentrate manufacture of equipment for the heavier types of vehicles in C. A. Vandervell and Co and to develop Rotax for the manufacture of equipment for aircraft.
1937 British Industries Fair Advert for Electrical Equipment for Modern Aircraft. Also Electrical Tools for Industrial and Garage Equipment: Drills, Polishers, Valve Refacers, Sanders and Grinders, Aircraft Electrical Equipment, Rotary Converters, Car Equipment, etc. (Engineering/Metals/Quarry, Roads and Mining/Transport Section - Stand No. Cb.601)
1937 Lighting and starting equipment, magnetos and radio equipment. "Rotax" Aviation Equipment.
1939 Production devoted to components for the RAF and other aviation fields.
Rotax Ltd is now concerned principally with the production of equipment for aircraft.
Post-war, business declined by 90 per cent and the firm was acquired by Lucas. In 1978 One of the two factories at Hemel Hempstead was closed.
Mon Jun 02 2014
philip at multiplicity.co.za
Rotax no 361
Hi. Found this brass headlight, with detailed brass brackets in South Africa. Trying to find out what it was originally made for?
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