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Engraved Glass Promotional item from Meggitt Systems.

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C1462
Category: Corporate/Business
Object Type: Promotional Item
Object Name: Engraved Glass Promotional item from Meggitt Systems.
Part No: none
Serial No: None
Manufacturer: Unknown
Division: Not Applicable
Year of Manufacture: circa 2016
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Location: Cupboard 3 (awards) [Main Store]



Boxed Glass Block with image of F-16 inside. Meggitt may have produced this block for the award of the F-16 Canopy actuation contract.
The Meggitt name first really appears in the company history in 1964, when Yorkshire-based Willson Lathes bought the long-established, family-owned Dorset engineering company and became Willson Meggitt Holdings. Although Meggitt was the smaller company, its name was the one that survived. Most companies that have been around for any length of time either acquire others or are themselves subsumed into a larger entity: that’s natural. But Meggitt consists of around 30 companies, many of which have their own, lengthy history. The very first company to which Meggitt’s origins can be traced was that of Enrico Negretti and Joseph Zambra, Italian immigrant craftsmen whose original skills were in making thermometers. Negretti & Zambra set up as meteorological instrument-makers in London’s Holborn Circus in 1850. Today, it is known for designing and manufacturing high performance components and sub-systems for aerospace and defence markets and applies its core sensing and control technologies to hydro, steam and gas turbomachinery generators, oil and gas applications and the medical, mainstream industrial, test engineering and transportation sectors. The group employs c. 12,000 people across 53 operating facilities.

The Company in common with most organisations has a wide range of items promoting the Company name as a form of advertising. The range extends from  'cheap and cheeful'; the sort of thing that would be on the Stand at an Exhibition like the SBAC Farnborough Show. The young visitors love collecting these items along with pictures and Brochures. Such items would include the following:

Stickers, Carrier Bags, Furry Bugs, simple aircraft assembly kits, Cardboard Head Up Display, Drinks Mats. Sometimes a collection of items is put together in something like a Pouch or presentation bag.

A more up-market offering, of better quality, might include:

Mugs, Pens, Key Fobs, Tape Dispensers, Magnifying Glasses, Model cars or the Hybrid Bus, Penknife and Pens.

The top range gifts are usually presented to important visitors or taken on visits to customers and these might include:

Executive Toys, Paperweights, Business Card Holders, Wallets, Clocks, Calculators, Engraved glasses and Glass blocks with a contained model and legend (BAE Systems liked to produce glass Globes to illustrate the global reach of the company). A rather special gift has been a Hologram of a coin.

Ties have been a regular gift in the days when they were regularly worn and were presented as recognition of achievement or membership of a group or ‘club as well as being a promotional gift. Employees for example will be encouraged to wear a T-Shirt with a Corporate Logo which gives a corporate identity. 

The RAA includes items of this type acquired from Suppliers and visits to Customers.


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