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October 1945

Beginnings

October 1945

A New Light Metal Group

Colonel 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.

December 1945

Outline planning permission

Eton Rural District Council approve an application by Col Devereux to convert Holly House into Research Laboratories

February 1946

Fulmer Research Institute Incorporated

The Fulmer Research Institute Limited is incorporated with Mr E A G Liddiard as its first Director of Research.  

June 1946

Dr Philipp Gross appointed Chief Scientist

July 1947

Official Opening

Sir 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

September 1950

First Patent – GB643422

Fulmer Research together with E. S. Lower granted a patent for 'Improvements in the processing of wool wax alcohols and products derived therefrom'. More

January 1951

New Laboratory

New laboratories at Stoke Poges inaugurated by Duke of Edinburgh

September 1952

Open Day – Plaque Unveiled

Sir 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

January 1961

Almin Acquired by Imperial Aluminium Company

In 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.

January 1965

Fulmer Research Aquired by IOP

With 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

September 1966

Open Day

On 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    

April 1968

First Fulmer Newsletter

May 1969

Mr Liddiard retires

At 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

June 1969

Dr Duckworth Appointed

Dr. W. E. Duckworth, M.A., Ph.D., F.I.M., F.I.S., takes over as chief executive.

April 1970

Fulmer Technical Services Setup

The 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.

June 1971

Open Days

Fulmer Research Institute celebrates its Silver Jubilee with open days on June 24th and 25th. More

May 1973

Yarsley Research Laboratories Purchaced

Fulmer purchased Yarsley Research Laboratories and thus greatly expanded its base for contract research. Fulmer is wholly owned by the Institute of Physics and has acquired considerable expertise in the field of properties of materials and process investigations. It has also developed techniques for technical and economic surveys and provides substantial analytical services.                                                                   .
Yarsley has dealt in another materials field and most of its skills relate to polymers and their applications. Yarsley's experience thus complements that of Fulmer and the merger makes Fulmer one of the leading contract research organizations in materials and their uses.

October 1973

Aeon Laboratories Aquired

Fulmer 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.

October 1974

Fulmer Materials Optimizer Launched

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May 1975

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.

January 1982

Fulmer Singapore Registered

Fulmer Research and Development (Singapore) Pte Limited, a joint venture with Chemical Laboratories Singapore registered.  Registration number 198200254C.

January 1985

Fulmer South Africa Registered

The South Africa office, set up in Johannesburg in 1984, registered as Fulmer Research (SA) Pty Limited.  Registration number 1985/000457/07

August 1987

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

November 1990

The Fulmer Research Institute comes to an End

After 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.