Jan Brons was born in Wagenborgen (holland) in 1865.
His father was a carpenter and also Jan became one after his school.
Jan Brons had a natural talent with things mechanical and, within a couple
of years, had begun production of paraffin engines.
The diesel engine and its emergence on the European market attracted Jan
Brons' attention as the system of the future.
In those early days the diesel engine suffered fuel and air pump problems
so Jan Brons set about developing and building an engine that, while operating
on the diesel principle, eliminated the troublesome fuel and air pumps.
This was no simple task but, after two years of experiments, an engine using
the Brons pre-chamber design had been produced.
In 1904 he got the German patent to protect his invention.
In 1907 the new factory was build in Appingedam.
In 1911 they decide to open there own foundry.
The Brons engines enjoyed a good reputation and, by 1920, some 95% of stationary
engines production was being exported.
By 1927 the Brons company were even building diesel engines of conventional
direct injection design, operating on both two and four stroke principle.
The last Brons pre-chamber engine was build in 1946.
Even by the Brons company there where problems to sell their engines (example)
during world war one and two.
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His last place at "Rusthof" in Appingedam.
Jan Brons died in 1954 (he was 89 years old) and until that time still working
in the drawing room.
Over the years the Brons company were involve with other manufacturers, such
as Stork, MAN, Daf and by 1976 engines of 3,200Hp were not uncommon.
Mr Henk Huisman with a Waukesha engine.
Engine production continued until 1989 when the company was taken over by
the Waukesha Engine division.
Brons Parts Sales Dept.(with mr.Henk Huisman) stops all activity for Bronsengines on 10 dec. 2004, please contact Sargasso Marine Service!
The second book about Bronsengines is finished!
At this time (dez.2002) itīs finished and shipped to you.
Itīs a great book, I read it and was verry impressed.
About the new book:
Jan Vegter, the author, find 39 enginefactory`s who makes engines with the Brons or Brons/Hvid system. In this book the story about it (in Dutch).
In the Dutch, English and German language, he write about the system and how it works.
The ą176 photographs have English, German and Dutch texts.
Total pages= 159, the price is about 35 Euro (look on www.profiel.nl for your price with shipping).
Order the book "patent Brons - 100 year vapourizing cup engines" direct at -Profiel uitgeverij.
Facts and stories are from the book "van Bakjeknapper tot Turbodiesel" written by J.Vegter.
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