VICKERS

With Rolls-Royce poised to acquire the Vickers group we take a look at the ups and downs of Vickers’ 171-year history. 1828 – Naylor, Hutchinson, Vickers & Co set up in Sheffield 1914-18 – Major armaments supplier in WW1 1919 – Alcock and Brown flew across Atlantic in a Vickers Vimy 1927 – Amalgamation of […]

With Rolls-Royce poised to acquire the Vickers group we take a look at the ups and downs of Vickers’ 171-year history.

1828 – Naylor, Hutchinson, Vickers & Co set up in Sheffield

1914-18 – Major armaments supplier in WW1

1919 – Alcock and Brown flew across Atlantic in a Vickers Vimy

1927 – Amalgamation of Vickers and Armstrong. Maiden flight of R100 airship powered by Rolls-Royce engines

1936 – First flight of Spitfire powered by Rolls-Royce Merlin engine

1939-45 – A main armament supplier during WW2

1948 – Nationalisation of steel business. First flight of Vickers Viscount

1954 – Steel interests de-nationalised

1966 – Acquisition of Roneo

1967 – Steel interests nationalised

1969 – Acquisition of Howson Algraphy. First flight of Concorde

1977 – Shipbuilding and aircraft interests nationalised

1980 – Acquired Rolls-Royce cars

1983 – Vickers sells Rolls-Royce diesel engine division

1986 – Acquisition of Kamewa and Royal Ordnance

1988 – Contract to develop Challenger 2 tank

1989 – Howson Algraphy sold

1990 – Sir Colin Chandler appointed managing director of Vickers

1991 – British Government orders 127 Challenger 2s

1992 – Sir Colin Chandler becomes chief executive. First (and only) export order for Challenger 2 from Oman

1993 – Vickers divisions reshaped and streamlined

1994 – Further order for 259 Challenger 2s from British Government

1995 – Acquisition of Thompson Defence and Aquamaster-Rauma

1997 – Sale of medical division

1998 – Sale of Rolls-Royce cars to Volkswagen. Paul Buysse appointed chief executive, Sir Colin Chandler moves up to chairman. Challenger 2 enters service with British army

1999 – Acquisition of Ulstein Holding ASA and formation of Vickers Ulstein Marine