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Delta Metal Co

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January 1902.
February 1911.
Nov 1919.
Dec 1921.
January 1923.
December 1929.
March 1946.
February 1959.

of Delta Works, Blackwall Lane, East Greenwich, London SE10 and at Dartmouth Street, Birmingham.

of Delta Works, Dartmouth Street, Birmingham. Telephone: ASTon Cross 1971, P.B. Ex. Telegraphic Address: "Extrusion, Birmingham". (1937)

Delta Metal Co, originally at Greenwich and Birmingham, and elsewhere. A large group was formed by takeovers of companies such as Enfield Rolling Mills, Earle, Bourne and Co, Barker and Allen Ltd, Aston Chain and Hook Co, and others. The Delta Group have now largely closed or sold off their metal making interests.

1883 Company established by Alexander Dick

1888 March 12th. Incorporated as a limited company to acquire the business of Alexander Dick, patentee and manufacturer of metallic alloys[1] at Dartmouth Street, Birmingham.

1897 Installed a metal-extrusion press at the Dartmouth Street factory.

1899 Advert for castings, forgings, sheets, bars, stamping, tubes, wire. Malleable bronze. (Works at London and Airdrie) [2]

1912 Exhibitor at the Non-Ferrous Metals Exhibition at the Royal Agricultural Halls[3].

1913 Advert for engineering alloys. [4]

1914 Specialities: "Delta Metal" High-class Engineering Alloys, "Dixtrudo" High-speed Turning and Screwing Brass and "Dixtampo" Yellow Metal, Dick's Patent Extruded Metals, Brass Bronze and Copper Rods, Gun metal, Babbitt's Metal, Manganese, Phosphor and Aluminium Bronzes.[5]

1917 Advert for engineering alloys. [6]

1919 Advert for engineering alloys. [7]

1927 Advert for engineering alloys. [8]

1937 Metal manufacturers. "Delta" and "Deltoid" Metal Products. "Dixtampo" and "Dixtrudo" Metal Products. [9]

1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Brass Road for High Speed Turning. Shaped Bars in Brass, Bronze, Copper and other Delta Alloys. Fancy shaped and Beaded Wire. Hot Stampings and Pressings. Delta Bronze Casement Bars, etc. (Stand No. D.401) [10]

1956 Acquired Mansill, Booth and Co and Elkington and Co[11]

1957 Acquired James Booth and Co

1957 Acquired Sanbra, a company in which Delta already had a substantial shareholding[12]

1959 Acquired E. P. Jenks and Alfred Case and Co[13]

1960 Delta Metal Co formed James Booth Aluminium to acquire the aluminium and light alloy interests of its subsidiary James Booth and Co; then sold a 50 percent interest to Kaiser Aluminium[14]

1960 Acquired Sperryn and Co, maker of fittings for gas, water and electricity industries, and C. H. Edwards, a private company making plumbers brass fittings[15]

1961 Agreement with Enfield Rolling Mills to form new joint company Delta Enfield Rolled Metals to merge the rolled copper, brass sheet and strip section activities of the two companies; production would continue at Brimsdown and Birmingham[16]. Acquired Davis and Timmins, converting a customer into a subsidiary[17]

1962 Acquired John Webb and Co[18], and Manley and Regulus, makers of water fittings[19], as part of the strategy to acquire users of the metals that the company's mills produced, in order to ensure demand was maintained.

1963 Delta Metal Co and Mappin and Webb formed a joint venture, British Silverware, to hold their interests in tableware products (but not retail). Included the acquisition of Walker and Hall[20]

1963 The subsidiary N. Moore Ltd of Birmingham was renamed Delta Repetition Components to make turned products from ferrous and non-ferrous metals[21]

1963 Acquired Enfield Rolling Mills[22]

1963 A factory was built in the new town of Haverhill to provide urgently needed space for Refrigeration Appliances Limited[23]

1964 Acquired Johnson and Phillips, to complement its Enfield Cables subsidiary[24] and the outstanding shares in Enfield-Standard Power Cables[25]

1967 English Electric Co acquired the switchgear interests of the company[26]

1968 Alcan Industries bought the 50 percent share in James Booth Aluminium owned by Delta Metal Co[27]

1969 Purchase of Manganese Bronze Holdings' Wrought Metal Division and group research laboratory[28].

1971 Dartmouth Street works closed.

1971 Acquired MEM Co, switchgear manufacturer

1972 Acquired British Electrical Repairs Limited

1974 Acquired Charles Winn and Co[29]

1976 The building products division included Conex-Sanbra and Delglo Appliances[30]

1978 Refrigeration Appliances was a member of the Enfield Rolling Mills Division of the Delta Group, specialising in the manufacture of heat exchangers and components for commercial and industrial refrigeration, for food processing and storage[31]

1988 Acquired FL Surprenant of the USA

1988 Formed Delta Crompton Cables, 64 percent owned by Delta Metal Co and 36 percent by Hawker Siddeley, to pool most of their cable interests[32]

1992 Following the BTR acquisition of Hawker Siddeley, Delta acquired the 36 percent of Delta Crompton Cables owned by HS[33]

1997 Sale and asset swap with BICC which resulted in Delta exiting 5 "commodity" cables and materials businesses. Acquired AMCL, supplier of managanese dioxide electrolyte for dry cell batteries[34]

1998 Acquired Holec of Holland, switchgear manufacturer.

2003 Electrical Division of Delta was acquired by Eaton Corporation of USA

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. Mechanical World Year Book 1899. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p19
  3. The Times, 19 June 1912
  4. Mechanical World Year Book 1913. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p21
  5. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  6. Mechanical World Year Book 1917. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p132
  7. Mechanical World Year Book 1919. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p170
  8. Mechanical World Year Book 1927. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p110
  9. 1937 British Industries Fair p354
  10. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  11. The Times Sept. 14, 1956
  12. The Times (London, England), October 22, 1957
  13. Times, May 02, 1960
  14. The Times, Feb 19, 1960
  15. The Times, Oct 04, 1960
  16. The Times May 27, 1961
  17. The Times Jun 01, 1961
  18. The Times, May 01, 1963
  19. The Times Nov 14, 1962
  20. The Times, Apr 06, 1963
  21. The Times, Jun 04, 1963
  22. The Times, Jun 12, 1963
  23. Electrical Times, vol 143, 1963
  24. The Times, Feb 13, 1964
  25. The Times, Mar 18, 1965
  26. The Times , Oct 14, 1967
  27. The Times, Oct 02, 1968
  28. The Times, 31 March 1969
  29. The Times March 26, 1974
  30. The Times, August 4, 1976
  31. The Heating and Air Conditioning Journal, vol 48, 1978
  32. The Times, December 22, 1988
  33. The Times June 19, 1992
  34. The Times, March 25, 1998
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