Milestones

1874 Joseph Lucas begins manufacture of ship lamps in England.
1879 Lucas starts supplying Europe's fledgling automotive industry.
1943 Lucas takes over Girling and expands into the brakes, braking system and clutch actuation business.
1952 Lucas Girling launches the world's first disc brake.
1953 Simon Ramo and Dean Wooldridge establish The Ramo-Wooldridge Corporation.
1958 The Ramo-Wooldridge Corporation merges with Thompson Products. Thompson-Ramo-Wooldridge designs and produces the Pioneer I, the world's first space ship.
1965 Thompson-Ramo-Wooldridge is renamed TRW Inc. TRW supplies the moon landing rockets for the Apollo mission.
1970 Lucas Girling supplies leading European manufactures such as Moto Guzzi, Triumph, Hercules and Kreidler with motorcycle spare parts.
1976 Lucas Girling sells the first asbestos-free motorcycle brake pads from Germany.
1978 Lucas Girling sponsors Maik Hailwood. He becomes world champion for the ninth time, making motorcycle history.
1983 The TRW Pioneer 10 is the first man-made object to leave our solar system.
1988 Lucas Girling launches a comprehensive range of steel-braided hoses for motorcycles.
1989 TRW develops the first system with front airbag and sensor, thus laying the foundations for the corporate slogan "Safety and Performance".
1994 Lucas extends its range with motorcycle clutch components.
1999 TRW takes over Lucas.
2001 TRW extends its brake range with motorcycle brake discs.
2004 TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. is floated on the stock market.
2008 TRW brake discs create a furore with their new, innovative design and vastly optimised materials.
2011 TRW Premium sintered brake pads for maxi scooters are launched.
2012 TRW motorcycle parts are audited to automotive industry standards.
2013 TRW extends its product range with a view to expansion in the American motorcycle market.
 

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