The company can be dated to the Sheffield iron and steel business of Naylor, Vickers and Company, founded in 1829. In 1867 Vickers, Sons and Company (Limited) took over the liabilities of Naylor, Vickers. In 1896 it acquired the Maxim-Nordenfelt Guns and Ammunition Company (Limited), becoming Vickers, Sons and Maxim (Limited). In 1897 it acquired for £425,000 the Naval Construction and Armaments Company of Barrow-in-Furness and the works which that company had been leasing, causing the company's ongoing construction shipyard to be situated in Barrow-in-Furness.
At the forty-fourth Annual General Meeting of Vickers, Sons and Maxim, held on 28 March, 1911, the Chairman moved that the name be changed to Vickers (Limited), because it was shorter, and the company was universally known as "Vickers" anyway. The motion was carried unanimously.
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