A New Light Metal GroupColonel W. C. Devereux, F .R.Ae.S., incorporates Almin, Ltd. (Associated. Light Metal Industrtes), in order to implement his plans for the scientific development and extended application of light metals and their alloys. As the life centre of the group will be a research institute devoted to the metallurgy of the light alloys and kindred studies for the service, not only of the Almin group, but of anyone who wishes to avail himself of its resources. Mr E A G Liddiard MA agrees to help set up the new research institute. . The institute is to be located in Holly House but to start with new recruits work at what will became known as 'The Hut'. A temporary home located at 2 Buckingham Avenue in Slough, the site of Structural and Mechanical Development Engineers, a member of the Almin Group.
Outline planning permissionEton Rural District Council approve an application by Col Devereux to convert Holly House into Research Laboratories
Official OpeningSir Stafford Cripps, President of the Board of Trade, opened the £50,000 Fulmer Research institute at Holly Hill, Fulmer, formerly an Edwardian country mansion. The Institute, first of its kind in the country, will act as a Brains Trust to industries anxious to translate scientific discoveries into practical industrial processes. More
First Patent – GB643422Fulmer Research together with E. S. Lower granted a patent for 'Improvements in the processing of wool wax alcohols and products derived therefrom'. More
Open Day – Plaque UnveiledSir Archibald Rowlands, G.C.B., Permanent Secretary, M.o.S., unveiled a memorial plaque to the founder of the Institute, the late Col. W. C. Devereux, C.B.E. The occasion was an "open day" on which visitors were conducted round the laboratories. More
Almin Acquired by Imperial Aluminium CompanyIn 1961 Almin Ltd, was acquired by Imperial Aluminium Company, a joint operation of Alcoa in the USA and Imperial Metal Industries (then part of ICI). As a result the Fulmer Research Institute became a constituent part of a much larger company.
Fulmer Research Aquired by IOPWith uncertainties over its future it was decided in 1964 to put the institute up for sale. It occurred to the chairman of Imperial Aluminium, Dr James Taylor (who was also Honorary Treasurer of the Institute of Physics) that Fulmer could be owned by the Institute of Physics and the Physical Society. The IOP would then become the first learned society to have a research company doing research projects on a commercial industrial basis. More
Aeon Expertise (Mike Dewey)Fulmer strengthened its expertise, particularly in electron metallography, by recruiting several key staff who transferred from Aeon Laboratories of Egham, Surrey.
Open DayOn September 30th the Institute celebrated it 20th anniversary with the opening by Sir Paul Chambers, the Chairman of ICI Ltd, of a new laboratory adding 6,000 sqft to the 40,000 sqft that were available previously. More
Mr Liddiard retiresAt the end of May 1969, Mr E.A.G. Liddiard, FInstP, retired from the post of Director of Research of the Fulmer Research Institute, which he had held for 23 years. More
Fulmer Technical Services Set-upThe Fulmer Research Institute has formed a Technical Services Unit to provide a testing and consultancy service to industry. Services that are available include all forms of mechanical testing, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, wet and spectrographic analysis, and the manufacture of special alloys and equipment. Management services such as literature surveys, project planning and evaluation, cost-benefit analyses and aids to company diversification are also provided.
Open DaysFulmer Research Institute celebrates its Silver Jubilee with open days on June 24th and 25th. More
Merger with Yarsley Research Laboratories
Aeon Laboratories AcquiredFulmer purchased the engineering activities of Aeon Laboratories threatened with closure by the liquidation of its parent company, W Wittley. Aeon's engineering work focussed on the manufacture of ancillary equipment for electron microscopes and for computers.
Fulmer Materials Optimizer LaunchedPublished by the Fulmer Research Institute in 1974 'The Fulmer Materials Optimizer' was a tool for design engineers to guide the selection of materials and manufacturing methods that would fulfil the design functions of an engineering component and permit economic manufacture. More
Fulmer purchased the company Independent Plastics Engineering Centre Ltd.The acquisition of this company, which was based in Newhaven, Sussex, strengthened Yarsley's plastics processing capability, particularly in injection moulding. The Newhaven activities were combined with Yarsley's own plastics processing operation to form a new company: Yarsley Polymer Engineering Centre (YPEC).
AICRO – Association of Independent Contract Research Organisations
Together with six other independent contract research companies - laboratories that earn their keep by selling R & D services to outside customers - have banded together to form a trade association. "so that our case does not go by default when competing for government and industrial research contracts along with big government laboratories or Research Associations."
The new group, known as the Association of Independent Contract Research Organisations (AICRO), had a combined turnover last year in excess of £13 million in contract fees and exported no less than £4 million worth of their services abroad.
The basic rules for AICRO membership seem to be, first, that the contract research company concerned must be British; next that it be independent (not even quasi-government or university owned institutions appear to be eligible); that it should have a minimum staff of around 150 persons and a turnover in excess of £500 000.
The founding AICRO members are the Fulmer Research Institute, Huntingdon Research Centre, Inveresk Research International, Ricardo Consulting Engineers, Robertson Research International, International Research and Development and the Electrical Research Association.
Fulmer Singapore RegisteredFulmer Research and Development (Singapore) Pte Limited was registered, No.198200254C, a joint venture between Fulmer with Singapore-based Chemical Laboratories Pte Ltd. A senior polymer technologist was seconded from Fulmer's Yarsley subsidiary to manage the operation in Singapore. After 2 years he was replaced by a senior metallurgist from Fulmer Research Laboratories.
Fulmer South Africa RegisteredThe South Africa office, set up in Johannesburg in 1984, registered as Fulmer Research (SA) Pty Limited. Registration number 1985/000457/07
South Africa operation causes concern
Physics Bulletin, 38 .Fulmer and Africa It is likely that a great many members will be strongly opposed to Fulmer operating in South Africa. More
The Fulmer Research Institute comes to an EndAfter the sale of Yarsley to SGS and the manufacturing unit in Slough to Sintek, the Fulmer activities in Stoke Poges were merged with British Non-Ferrous Metals Research Association at Wantage Oxfordshire. The Fulmer Research Institute created 45 years earlier had come to an end.