110 Years and still forging ahead…
History in the making
Forging company was founded
Forging company was founded by Edwin Mills, a local tool maker, manufacturing oil lamp and shotgun parts (Birmingham Box Lock Co.)
The forge was seconded to the war effort
1914-1918: The forge was seconded to the war effort, manufacturing Saddle and Bridle Hardware, Service Revolvers and Armoured Car Parts.
Victoria Drop Forgings Ltd
Company incorporated as Victoria Drop Forgings Limited (5000 £1 shares issued).
manufacturing products for Rolls Royce Cars
1920- 1938: Awarded orders and commenced manufacturing products for Rolls Royce cars and items for early aircraft components.
Production switched to the war effort
1939-1945 Production switched to the war effort, output directed into Rolls Royce producing parts for Merlin Engines in Hurricane, Spitfire, Lancaster aircraft.
Manufactured fittings for early civil military jets
1946-65: Manufactured fittings for early civil and military jet aircraft. Also guided missiles (MOD Ordinance), automotive and hand tools.
Produced parts for RB211, Boeing 747, Lockhead Tri-Star
1966-1980: With the growth in passenger jets Victoria Forgings produced parts for RB211, Boeing 747 and Lockhead Tri-star.
Key subcontractor in the Trent range of jet engines
1981-2000: Key subcontractor supporting Rolls Royce in the development of forged fuel pipe connectors for the Trent range of jet engines. Also created a niche market for Vintage car and Classic motorbike spares.
Victoria Forging awards and accolades
2001-2012: Began exporting our range of forged fuel pipe connectors and also components for various wing hydraulic parts. Developed a key engine part for high-performance motorsport cars. One of the first forging companies to be accredited to AS9100. Winners of Accelerate UK Small Business Award for supplying parts into the vehicle industry.
Management buyout by Geoff Howles and Geoff Radford
2013-Present: Management buyout by GHR Holdings Limited and assets purchased from Northern Cam Co Ltd Press Forged division giving the company the capability to produce pressed forgings in aluminium and brass, thus broadening Victoria's range of products and expertise.