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Cross & Morse was established in 1984 through the amalgamation of two long standing and well respected companies in the Power Transmission Industry, T D Cross and Morse Chain.

T D Cross & Sons was founded in 1870 in Birmingham, concentrating in the production of bicycle components under the direction of the Cross family. They moved to the current factory site in 1950 and developed into production of a popular range of roller chain sprockets and gearing. The competitive pricing and quality of product soon established the company as a major supplier to both Agricultural and Industrial markets.

The Morse Chain Company was founded in 1894 also for the manufacture of bicycles in Pennsylvania, USA. The company moved into production of inverted tooth chain drives and established a manufacturing plant in London in 1907, moving to the new Garden City of Letchworth, Herts, in 1918. The product range in the UK was developed to include Roller Chain and Sprockets, Couplings, Torque Limiters, Sprag Clutches and Timing Belt Drives, whilst in the USA by acquisition Morse also included the Denver Gearbox range and the Sealmaster Bearing products.

In 1987 Cross & Morse closed the Letchworth plant and centralised all production at the 10,000 sq metre factory in Great Barr, Birmingham where current production of Roller Chains, Sprockets, Gears, Timing Belt Pulleys, Torque Limiters, Sprag Clutches and other specialised power transmission equipment is undertaken.

In 1996 the Company was bought out by its management team, and rapidly began expanding its manufacturing capability, particularly in the field of special and adapted standard products.

The Company operates a policy of continued assessment to develop and improve its products and customer service. In pursuance of these objectives Cross & Morse has been successfully assessed by Lloyds and is registered as an approved manufacturer of power transmission products to BS EN ISO 9001.