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Years of Achievement

Company history of Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies, agricultural machinery manufacturers of Ipswich

Industry sponsored film 1961 25 mins

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A proud company history produced by Ransomes Film Unit. It shows their vast works producting ploughs, lawnmowers and other specialist engineering, from the drama of the foundry and drop forge, to the quiet concentration of the laboratory. We're shown the apprenticeship scheme and social activities, publicity and awards at shows and exhibitions. Ransomes' equipment is seen in use in a range of environments overseas.

Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies Ltd was a major British agricultural machinery maker also producing a wide range of general engineering products in Ipswich. These included traction engines, trolleybuses, ploughs, lawn mowers, combine harvesters and other ground tilling equipment. Ransomes also manufactured Direct Current electric motors in a wide range of sizes, and electric forklift trucks and tractors. They made aeroplanes during the First World War. Machinery producers at their Orwell Works in Ipswich, Suffolk was exported around the world.