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The company was started in 1896 by James George Accles as Accles Ltd and was based at Holford Mill in Perry Barr, Birmingham. Accles Ltd produced cold-drawn steel tubing and supplied the bicycle industry, being the preferred option for many leading bike builders in the UK during the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s.
The company was started in 1896 by James George Accles as Accles Ltd and was based at Holford Mill in Perry Barr, Birmingham. Accles Ltd produced cold-drawn steel tubing and supplied the bicycle industry, being the preferred option for many leading bike builders in the UK during the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s.

In 1901, after financial backing was provided by Mr. Tom Pollock the company was renamed to Accles & Pollock and a year later moved to Oldbury in the heart of the West Midlands. In 1907 the first tubular sections for aircraft and the first tubular furniture were produced.

Since manufacturing the world’s smallest tube in 1963 the company has continued to grow and invest, working closely with CERN on the Large Hadron Collider in 2005 Accles & Pollock is now heavily involved in both the automotive and aerospace sectors. The reputation we have built in our long and varied history is enviable and over the past 20 years the company has continued to change and grow.

Substantial investment in equipment, people and technology has led Accles & Pollock to be a “one stop shop” for our customers giving us the flexibility to provide high quality, manipulated, precision machined and coated tubular assemblies for any application.

The efforts of everyone at Accles & Pollock was acknowledged in 2020 when the prestigious Queens award for International Trade was awarded to the company by the West Midlands Lieutenancy (representatives of her majesty the queen in our region)
Accles & Pollock will continue to work closely with customers and invest in people and technology to ensure that the legacy continues to grow for the next 100 years.

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  • 1896

    Accles Ltd was formed by James George Accles

  • 1897

    Charles McRobie Turrell, General Manager at The Coventry Motor Company Ltd took out a patent for motorcycle starting cranks which allowed the foot pedals to be used for starting and then repositioned to be used as a foot rest.

  • 1899

    Accles took out patents for a carburettor and for ignition systems for petrol engines. By October, Turrell had joined him and a joint ‘autocar’ patent was taken out, shortly followed by the forming of ‘Accles-Turrell Autocars’.

  • 1901

    Company renamed Accles & Pollock after financial backing from Thomas Pollock

  • 1907

    First tubular sections for aircraft

  • 1913

    Accles & Pollock secured the first patent of seamless tapered steel golf shafts; later trading as Apollo

  • 1919

    Formation of Tube Investments (TI) by Accles & Pollock, Tubes Limited, Simplex and Credenda

  • 1931

    Formation of Practical Equipment Limited (PEL) within Accles & Pollock

  • 1932

    Acquisition of Metal Sections trading as part of Accles & Pollock

  • 1939

    The filigree currently housed at the Black Country Living Museum contains 8,050 pieces of Accles & Pollock cold drawn seamless steel tube taken from our stock. It was originally exhibited at the New York world fair.

  • 1946

    Pel becomes a separate TI company, now trading as just PEL

  • 1948

    Metal Sections becomes a separate TI Company, now trading as Metsec

  • 1963

    World’s smallest tube produced

  • 1984

    Accles & Pollock Carbon Steel Tube business (concentrated on the Broadwell site) renamed Cold Drawn Tube

  • 1985

    Accles & Pollock General Manipulation and Bus Seat Departments transferred To TI Tube Products, now part Of Tyco International

  • 1986

    Stainless Fittings, Dudley, sold to Victaulic, now part of Glynwed

  • 1991

    Acquisition of Asdor and additional equipment to re-form Accles & Pollock Aerospace Manipulation Department

  • 1993

    Acquisition of Carbon Aircraft Tube Plant from Cold Drawn Tube to re-form Accles & Pollock Aircraft And Specialist Carbon Mill

  • 2001

    Accles & Pollock ceased tube manufacture to concentrate its resources in manipulation projects for the aerospace and nuclear markets

  • 2005

    Accles & Pollock completed the provision of specialist tubing for the CERN Project – The world’s largest particle accelerator

  • 2015

    Purchased by Liberty House Group as part of Caparo Tubular Solutions

  • 2017

    Accles and Pollock transformed its operation dramatically in terms of the nature of the products manufactured. Manufacturing cells were introduced with latest technology equipment and more robust tooling, dedicated to specific families of parts. Substantial investment was made in shop-floor layout and to include a new bending machine, new CEO room, new Tube store and cutting area. 2 five axis machining centres were added along with CNC lathes, Vertical milling machines, end forming, CMM, mechanised polishing and tube trimming.

  • 2020

    Accles and Pollock wins the International Trade category in the prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2020.

  • 2021

    Accles & Pollock launch new website.