By 1925 the Dorman reputation had reached the point where other manufacturing
concerns thought it worthwhile to borrow the name for use in the descriptions of
their goods, it is pleasant to be able to report that the wrong doers were detected
and rapped sharply over the knuckles, by Mr. Justice Astbury in High Court, and his
worship then granted to perpetual injunctions with costs against any further misuse
of Dorman's name.
It was at this point at mid-
more closely with Dorman, made extremely wide use of Dorman engines in high quality
cars which they manufactured from 1919 to 1924; one of these sold in 1921 to an Australian
taxi owner was still, it seems, plying for hire, around the streets of Melbourne
thirty years later literally without having had a single breakdown.
The early twenties slump had also seriously inhibited Dorman's plans for expansion after the end of the war; a 48 acre site had been purchased at Tixall Road, on the north eastern side of town and construction began on a new factory laid out on mass-
Road sweeper made by Lacre Lorries., and fitted with Dorman engine, type 4KNO.
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engines, tram cars, road rollers, taxis, single and double decker buses, charabancs
and last but not least road sweepers; such, for example as Sweeper No. 33 of Manchester
Corporation Cleansing Department, a type produced by the Lacre Company from 1920-
Unfortunately with the coming of the nation wide slump the plans for a switch to mass production at the new Tixall Road works had reluctantly to be shelved however, the site was by no means to lie idle for in August 1925 the foundry began a process of gradual transfer to Tixall Road which was finally completed in 1929 when the Newport Road lease expired. At Tixall Road the foundry now produced castings of up to one ton at a rate adequate not only to meet the company's needs but apparently sufficient to handle some volume of outside business — circulars of the early thirties requested shareholders to bring this important development to the notice of any friends who were Buyers or users of Iron and Aluminium Castings.
In spite of the cessation of car engine production the variety of road borne applications for Dorman engines was to expand with the advance of the decade until it came to include not only vans and lorries but fire
Dorman management and foremen in the 1920s.