is anything physically left of RA Lister in 2021??

Discussion in 'Discussion' started by pp-admin, May 7, 2021.

  1. pp-admin

    pp-admin Member

    i can answer my own question (i think !!)..

    sadly, no !!

    I visited what was then still working at Dursley in 2010 and the majority of the site had been cleared for new development. All that was left was the Kelvin building, admin block and priory as well as shearing admin block. probably 90% buildings demolished compared to 10 years earlier. At the time, the production line was making badged small compact leisure vehicle generators for Onan and some much bigger sled mounted diesel gensets for UK military with some very elaborate output specs and connectors

    today, 2021, i bet there is nothing at all left at Dursley bearing any commercial relevance to RAL.

    does anybody know for sure ??

    I know that what passes for "Lister" still survives in "Lister-Petter" brand acquired from the ashes of a mismanaged takeover some years ago and now in the unsafe hands of Sl**man and Haw***s. This is probably the best we can hope for as at least they have had a long association with Lister but they seem to have finished off the once immaculate quality of Lister products by resourcing everything humanly possible to Indian factories with assembly in the UK. Nothing remarkable in this in the modern world UNLESS you really do know what Lister once was and see the shallow somewhat worthless brand it is today. For Lister you can replace a wide variety of long established makers names who are no better and have been bought and sold and asset stripped many times over.

    Its a sorry state of affairs if, as Iam sure you all do, know what these great makes once were and how everything was engineered in THIS country and made here to almost every single part.

    Its impossible these days to buy any engineered item across any kind of use or application without it coming from China and being made there. After the last year and the pandemic, I am trying very hard to remove China from my life but this is easier said than done. Almost total dependancy on such a country was never a good idea and their lies and deceipt over Covid and the resulting cost to the rest of us is just staggering. I seem to be in the minority view on this as their exports are booming and the world is back to trading fully with them. It will be interesting to see (if i live long enough !!) what this untrustworthy and militant expansive and acquisitional major world player does in the short term future by way of military hostility and threat.

    I think the enormous wealth and power that we in the Western world have given to China with each £ spent on its exports will prove to be money very unwisely spent. They are not a nation that can be ignored and I suspect we will come to really fear them sooner rather than later.

    Anyway, hope all at IF are well and that you have all managed to be covid free over the last miserable and terrifying year.

    Best wishes,

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  2. hourlapa

    hourlapa Administrator Staff Member

    Hi Gerry,
    Apologies for slow reply, hope all well there.
    As far as I know it is all housing estate now but not been back since we picked up a load of stuff a couple of days before the end :-( Needed a bigger lorry!
  3. JohnM

    JohnM Member

    I remember similar comments about Japanese engineering in the 50's and 60's. Soms Chinese stuff is well made. A lot is well made but poorly assembled. Some is poor on everything. It will improve then their prices will go up. Their workforce will become skilled and want to bd paid accordingly making yet higher prices. That's what happened to GB post industrial revolution. China's going through the same but much more quickly.

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