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Wind turbines made in the UK, etc‏.

Boost

Boost Energy Phase Converter

Ampair design & make wind turbines in the UK and are the UK’s oldest surviving turbine manufacturer (Ampair, see www.ampair.com) having been making them since 1973. They are also the UK’s oldest manufacturer of single-to-three phase converters (Booster, see www.boost-energy.com ) which they have been doing since 1957. Basically they design & make light electromechanical machinery.  Ampair / Boost Energy continue to invest in their UK manufacturing operations as one of their Directors has commented on it on their website (see http://www.boost-energy.com/about-us ). The business exports a lot and that has been the foundation of how they have rebuilt the business – the approximate numbers are 30% sales to UK, 40% sales to continental Europe, and 30% to rest of world, and they have rebuilt the business to the point where they now employ about 20 people rather than the one person they employed ten years ago. Clearly there are other small wind manufacturers in the UK but it is pleasing to see both the Ampair wind turbines and Boost Energy manufacture in the UK.

http://www.ampair.com

http://www.boost-energy.com

Remote living in Scotland

Remote living in Scotland

Hydro Power Turbines

Hydro Power Turbines

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British Made Tools – British Made DIY, Trade, Agricultural and Garden Tools and Equipment – British Made Engineering Tools and Equipment – Building Materials – Building Tools – Scientific Equipment – Garden related products made in Great Britain

British Made Tools – British Made DIY, Trade, Agricultural and Garden Tools and Equipment – British Made Engineering Tools and Equipment – Building Work – Scientific Equipment

British Made Tape Measures  and Rulers

Fiscohttp://www.fisco.co.uk – make tape measures in Essex in England.  They make tape measures (the kind used by builders and in DIY), spirit levels, laser measures, long tape measures and surveyor’s tape measures, set squares, wooden rulers (bench rules, surveyor’s rods), steel rulers, and chalk line reels.  I am not sure if everything they sell is made in England, so best to check before buying.  Their products are available in Jewson, on the net, etc. Fisco are not British owned, rather they are part of the Hultafors Group AB which is in turn a business area wholly owned by Swedish Investment AB Latour.  I have a Fisco Pro-Flex and it is a really good tape measure at a reasonable price.  I also have a Fisco Un-Vision tape measure. I note their tape measures, whilst still made in England, are now marked Hultafors Fisco rather than just Fisco.

Fisco Pro-Flex tape measure. Made in England.

Fisco Pro-Flex tape measure. Made in England.

Big T tape measure by Fisco. Made in England

Big T tape measure by Fisco. Made in England

A vintage Fisco Uni-Vision 3m 10ft tape measure. Made in England. Photograph by author.

Rabone Chesterman (a company resulting from the 1963 merger of Rabone of Birmingham and Chesterman of Sheffield), maker of spirit levels and rules, of Whitmore St, Birmingham, were sold to Stanley in 1989. Rabone had previously acquired Dean Tape measures, the main British maker of non-metallic tape measures for the haberdashery trade, in 1986. In 1989, Stanley Tools purchased the assets of Rabone Chesterman from Bardsey PLC.  Since then, the name and the name Dean have disappeared from their product lines.

Vintage Rabone Chesterman Handiflex 3.5meter/12′ Tape Measure. Metric and Imperial. Made in England.

VINTAGE STEEL RULE IMPERIAL/ METRIC 6" MADE IN ENGLAND (1)

VINTAGE STEEL RULE IMPERIAL/ METRIC 6″ MADE IN ENGLAND.

I also found made in England tape measures branded Lion Heart on e-bay.

Does anyone know of other companies making tape measures in the UK?  What about sewing / tailor’s measuring tapes (Dean as far as I know no longer exist)?

Vintage Tape Measure with brass ends by Dean. Made in England

Vintage Tape Measure with brass ends by Dean. Made in England.

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