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Old 07-12-2019, 05:52 AM   #11
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Bonjour mon Ami. In 1954 the Hordern-Richmond Co merged with Permali. I am currently trying to find the name of the German Co who were unwise enough to sell the process to an English Company in the years leading up to WW2.
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In 1954 Permali Limited purchased Hordern-Richmond Limited, both companies were manufacturers of densified wood laminates and Bakelized products, Permali under the trade names Permali and Dialam. Hordern-Richmond were manufacturers of Hydulignum wood laminates and other products.

In 1956 a new Permali factory at Gloucester was opened. This factory brought together the various manufacturing processes within the Permali group, which included Hordern-Richmond, Ltd., Hydulignum-Jabroc, Ltd., and Jabroc, Ltd., under the trade names Permali, Permawood,Hydulignum and Jabroc, together with "Dialam" Bakelized paper bushings and Permaglass glass-fibre laminates.
Permali companies in the UK were still trading in 2013 and probably still are today.

As new composite material technologies were developed and as older technologies were replaced, there have been a number of new companies formed as a result of corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions. Permali Gloucester Limited now concentrates on composite materials using glass and aramid fibres, and used in defence and medical markets, and is privately owned following a management buy-out in 1998.

Permali Deho Limited is owned by a German company, and continues to make laminated wood composites. Mekufa UK Limited
manufactures epoxy insulation products used mainly in electrical engineering applications.
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Old 07-13-2019, 05:26 AM   #13
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Hi,

Bob, thank you very much for these infos. The Ratier prop I showed was from 1938. It seems it was the first of this kind made by Ratier. There was some others between this one and 1944, essentially in 1939 and 1940.

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Bonjour Pierre-Michel,

Did Ratier make props for Les Boches from 1940 until 1944?

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Hi Bob,

Very soon after Germans entered in Paris in June 1940, the Ratier factory was under command of German officers. And yes, I think the factory made prop for Lüftwaffe aircraft and for French ones used by the Germans. We have very few archives for this era because it seems Germans took them and we don't know if they were destroyed or if they are somewhere.
We have just the prop registers where prop destination are written but without knowing if they were trully made nor, if they were made, how much of them.

From people who have worked there in this era, there was many "errors" during fabrication process... In Figeac factory, which stand not a very long time in "free zone", it was the same and there was a bombing by La Résistance in 1944 (see joined pic).

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