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Northern Engineering Industries plc
Former type Public
Fate Acquired
Successor Rolls Royce plc
Founded 1977
Defunct 1989
Headquarters Newcastle, England, UK
Key people Terry Harrison, (Chairman)
Dr Robert Hawley, (Managing Director)
Industry Engineering, Power Generation, Power Transmission, Power Distribution & Material Handling
Products Industrial Engineering
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]. They manufactured cranes (Clarke Chapman), switchgear (A. Reyrolle & Company) and turbines (C.A. Parsons and Company).

In 1978 NEI took over the crane and excavator manufacturing firm of Thomas Smith & Sons (Rodley) Ltd from Leeds.

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]) and Crossley Engines (founded in 1867 and based in Manchester[4]).

In March 1984 they bought the remains of Hymac Ltd from the collapsed German engineering group IBH Holdings AG.[5] They latter sold badged FAI machines under the Hymac brand.

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)[6] and by Sir Terrence Harrison first as Chief Executive (1983 to 1986) and then as Chairman (1986 to 1989).[7]

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

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