2500 ton Metal Powder Compaction Press, views under construction and on site, O/No. 6020/55, c.1955

Order 6020 for Imperial Chemical Industries (I.C.I.), Witton, c.1955

D7338/14/10/4960
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D7338/14/5/9/4968
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D7338/14/5/9/5209
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D7338/14/5/9/5209A
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D7338/14/10/5209D
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  • Hi John! In the first picture the man looking at the drawing is, I am sure, Sid Smart. I don’t remember Sid on the ‘shop floor’, I think he must have moved into the offices by the time I was out in the works, or at least by the time I would have known him. Another of the wonderful characters we had at F&P! I can’t put names to the other four men in the picture or the engineer in the white coat. Mind you, he could be a customers man? Chippy Aston.

    By Graham Aston (07/10/2014)
  • Hi Chippy!  You are correct with the identification of Sid Smart. You may also be interested to know that this press is still in production.  F&P supplied a new main cylinder and a refurbished main ram in 1996, that was installed by John Little over a 10 day period in the ’96 Christmas shutdown.  John B  

    By John Bancroft (07/10/2014)

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