Northern Engineering Industries

Northern Engineering Industries plc
Industry Engineering, Power Generation, Power Transmission, Power Distribution & Material Handling
Fate Acquired
Successor Rolls Royce plc
Founded 1977
Defunct 1989
Headquarters Newcastle, England, UK
Key people
Terry Harrison, (Chairman)
Dr Robert Hawley, (Managing Director)
Products Industrial Engineering
Number of employees
40,000 (1991)

Northern Engineering Industries plc was a British engineering firm, which for over 10 years was one of the largest employers on Tyneside. It was based in Gosforth in Newcastle upon Tyne.


The company was established by way of a merger between Clarke Chapman and Reyrolle Parsons in 1977.[1] It manufactured cranes (Clarke Chapman), transformers (Bruce Peebles & Co. Ltd.), switchgear (A. Reyrolle & Company) and turbines (C.A. Parsons and Company).

In 1981 the company acquired Amalgamated Power Engineering (APE), a leading manufacturer of engines.[2] APE was itself the result of a merger in 1968 of W.H. Allen (founded in 1880 and based in Bedford),[3] Belliss and Morcom of Birmingham, and Crossley Engines (founded in 1867 and based in Manchester).[4]

Northern Engineering Industries was led through much of its existence by Sir Duncan McDonald, first as Group Managing Director (1977 to 1980) and then as Chairman (1980 to 1986)[5] and by Sir Terrence Harrison first as Chief Executive (1983 to 1986) and then as Chairman (1986 to 1989).[6]

The company was acquired by Rolls Royce plc in 1989.[1]


  1. 1 2 "The Crane Makers". NZR Cranes. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  2. "Northern Engineering Industries". Grace's Guide. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  3. "Amalgamations". W H Allen Engineering Association. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  4. "Crossley Motors". Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  5. "Obituary: Sir Duncan McDonald". The Independent. 1 March 1997. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  6. Debretts People of Today 1994

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