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Birmid Industries

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September 1950.

Iron, aluminium and magnesium founders, producers of castings and rolled products, of Birmd Works, Smethwick

1936 As means of financing expansion of light alloy products, a new company Birmid Industries was formed and its shares were exchanged with those held by existing Birmingham Aluminium Castings Co shareholders[1]. New rolling company Birmetals Ltd which would be formed to operate a new mill[2].

1937 Birmid Industries incorporated:

Noted the growing importance of magnesium (elektron) castings, in which field the company was a leader, especially through Sterling Metals[3].

1948 By this time, had taken over Perry Barr Metal Co at Oscott[4].

1955 Established Birmidal Developments Ltd to provide central experiment and development facility [5].

1961 Acquired Sterling Foundry Specialities Ltd [6].

1964 Acquired Plastic Engineers as the start of a move into plastics [7].

1965 Acquired W. A. Lloyds of Droitwich, makers of aluminium ladders [8].

1967 Merger of Birmid Industries and Qualcast to form Birmid Qualcast [9].

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 4 April 1936
  2. The Times, 8 July 1936
  3. The Times, 3 December 1937
  4. The Times, 16 January 1948
  5. The Times, 14 December 1955
  6. The Times, 12 December 1962
  7. The Times, 21 December 1965
  8. The Times, 21 December 1965
  9. The Times, 14 February 1967