Aveling-Barford

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Aveling-Barford
Type Private company
Industry Heavy machinery, construction equipment
Fate Sold in 1988 to Wordsworh Holdings
Predecessors Aveling and Porter, Barford & Perkins
Successors Wordsworth Holdings (Barfords)
Founded 13 February 1934
Founders Ruston & Hornsby
Headquarters Invicta Works, Houghton Road, Grantham
Area served Worldwide
Products Off-road dump trucks, dumpers
Owners Ruston & Hornsby (1934–67)
British Leyland (1967–88)
Employees c.2,000
Subsidiaries Barford Developments, Barford (Agricultural)

Aveling-Barford was a large engineering company making road rollers and dumper trucks in Grantham, Lincolnshire. In its time, it was an internationally known company.

History[edit]

Ruston and Hornsby[edit]

It had a dramatic formation, and was established by people not new to its field of engineering. It was formed in February 1934[1] when Aveling and Porter of Rochester, Kent effectively went bankrupt, when the parent company Agricultural & General Engineers (AGE) went into receivership in 1932. At the same time Barford & Perkins (related to today's Perkins Engines) of Peterborough were also entering administration. Frank Perkins worked for his family company of Barford & Perkins, and also Aveling and Porter. These two companies were Britain's two leading manufacturers of road rollers.

Aveling Barford dump truck

Aveling & Porter Ltd had been formed in 1850, becoming a public company on 16 July 1895, then a private company in 1919, and acquired the assets of Barford & Perkins Ltd in 1932, which had been formed in 1840. The name changed to Aveling-Barford on 13 February 1934. Early in 1934 the business was transferred from Rochester to Grantham on a 36 acre site which was leased from R & H. On the board of directors were Edward James Barford and William Geoffrey Barford (from Barford & Perkins), and John Heinrich Wulff Pawlyn, a Director of R & H based at the Ransomes subsidiary in Ipswich, and George Ruston Sharpley, the managing director of R & H.

Without the financial assistance of Ruston & Hornsby of Lincoln, both companies would not have survived. R & H funded the amalgamation of the two companies, and gave them part of their Grantham site. For many years all the vehicles were powered by R & H diesel engines. R & H had also previously made road rollers, but concentrated this all at Grantham.

Public company[edit]

In the 1930s it made cooling equipment for dairy farms, and cooking equipment for hotels, hospitals, and canteens. It became a public company on 29 June 1937. At this time it claimed to make 75% of the road rollers in Britain, and world leaders in their field.

Edward Barford (23 April 1898 – 11 July 1979) became the Chairman of the company from 1933, remaining until 1968. It began making its first earth moving equipment – the Aveling Dumper.

During the Second World War the company made Bren Gun Carriers, shell fuse caps and the Loyd Carrier.

The company also made calfdozers (small bulldozers). From April 1946 two subsidiary companies were formed – Barford Developments Ltd and Barford (Agricultural) Ltd. On 17 September 1946 a new factory in Newcastle upon Tyne was opened.

Invicta logo of the company – borrowed from Kent

British Leyland[edit]

In 1967 it became part of British Leyland.[2] British Leyland engines were to be used as part of the deal, but there were reliability problems.

Products[edit]

Aveling-Barford were best known for their line of three-point rollers including the small GA up to the GC, The "Master Pavior" 3-point roller was one of the most famous diesel rollers.

A line of rigid dumpers was manufactured from 30 tonne RD030 through to the 50 tonne RD050 and eventually a RD55 and RD65 were added.

A new dumptruck the RD44 was unveiled at Bauma to try and rejuvenate the line of dumptrucks but with limited success

Site dumpers are still sold under the Barford name

Modern day incarnation[edit]

The site was bought by Wordsworth Holdings in 1988, who went into administration in 2010. Barfords is now owned by Invictas Engineering.

In 2006 Singapore-based ST Kinetics bought the rights to the Aveling Barford RXD series articulated dumptrucks, which are now sold under the TRX Build brand.

In August 2007 Moxy Engineering of Norway announced plans to buy the intellectual property rights of the Barford rigid dump truck range.[3]

In or around 2010–2011 Moxy was purchased by the South Korean Doosan (formerly Daewoo).

Barfords' sports field is still in existence, called Arnoldfield, in Gonerby Hill Foot.

In October 2012 Gravity FM, Grantham's community radio station produced a tribute in words and music to Aveling Barford, on sale to raise funds to support the running costs of the station.

Former employees[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lincolnshire County Council
  2. ^ Baldwin, Nick (1981), The Observer's Book of Commercial Vehicles (#40), London: Frederick Warne, p. 104, ISBN 0-7232-1619-3 
  3. ^ Moxy 2007

External links[edit]

Media related to Aveling-Barford at Wikimedia Commons