3000 ton Closed Die Forging Press, view taken on site, O/No. 67710, c.1969

Order 67710 for Barr Thomson Ltd., Kilmarnock, c. 1969

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  • Hi folks,
    I have the dubious honour of being the last ever Barr Thomson apprentice. I worked there right up until the firms demise in September 1993 and during my early training spent some time working at the forge on this press.

    Ed: Thanks David, so nice to receive comments like this from people who have worked with Fielding presses in the past. Far from being a dubious honour I think it is at the top of the tree! John B

    By David McDade (18/10/2020)
  • This press is still in operation at Arconic Forgings, Ickles Works, Rotherham.

    Ed: Steven, many thanks for the information. Good to know! I believe the purchaser of the press from Barr Thompson was Firth Rixon, who was acquired by Arconic in 2014. John B

    By Steven Lord (06/11/2018)
  • I was the junior draughtsman at Barr Thomson when this press was being installed.

    Andrew Ross was the senior draughtsman and Tom Ferguson was also a draughtsman at Barr Thomson when the forging press was installed .

    By Douglas Dunsmuir (20/09/2016)

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