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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 LMA/4677
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1956-1972
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.05 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Rotax Limited xx Lucas Aerospace Limited


Administrative/Biographical history:

Rotax Limited, manufacturer of automotive electrical equipment was originally based in 43-45 Great Eastern Street, City of London concentrating on equipment for motor cars. The firm moved its registered office and works in 1916 to Rotax Works in Willesden Junction, North Acton where it remained until at least 1970s, opening a factory in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire in the post-war period. Since 1920s Rotax developed links with Joseph Lucas Limited and later became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lucas. From the late 1930s Rotax became solely involved in the production of equipment for aircraft. Rotax Limited later came under a holdings company, Rotax (Holdings) Limited. Rotax Limited was renamed Lucas Aerospace Limited in 1971 reflecting Joseph Lucas group of companies reorganisation of aerospace-related activities.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Rotax Limited including nominal and private ledgers covering holding company and subsidiaries, bound in one volume only. No other records are currently known to survive.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged as follows according to LMA business archives classification scheme: LMA/4677/D FINANCE

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in 2015.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Lucas Industries plc, bicycle, automotive and aerospace components manufacturers: records 1897-20th century are held privately: enquiries to The National Archives, Archives Sector Development - See HMC 'Records of British business and industry 1760-1914 metal processing and engineering', 1994.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Added Jun 2015.

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