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James Booth and Co

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November 1926. Vickers' Duralumin.
November 1932.
August 1933. Duralumin.
January 1934.
March 1934.
September 1940.
September 1940.
February 1943.
November 1944.
August 1945.
Sept. 1946.
April 1947.
December 1947.
February 1948.
February 1952.
June 1952.
August 1952.
November 1954. Duralumin.
November 1957. Duralumin.

of Argyle Street Works, Nechells, Birmingham, and Kitts Green, Birmingham (from 1938)

1869 Company formed, to manufacture brass and copper[1]

1912 Exhibitor at the Non-Ferrous Metals Exhibition at the Royal Agricultural Halls[2].

1915 The company was acquired by Vickers Ltd; James Booth (1915) Ltd was incorporated; took over the manufacture of Duralumin[3]

1921 Vickers owned the entire share capital of the company, which it used for making Duralumin, something that other suppliers seemed to be unable to make[4].

1925 Acquired controlling interest in John Wilkes, Sons and Mapplebeck Ltd [5]

1928 Vickers sold the ordinary shares to the British Shareholders Trust who placed the shares. Capital raised by issue of preference shares was used to repay debts to Vickers [6]. British Aluminium Co took a substantial interest[7]

1931 Acquired sole UK rights to manufacture Elektron magnesium alloys in all wrought forms from I. G. Farben[8]

1937 Metal manufacturers. "D2 Alloy" Sections and Stampings. "Duralumin" Sections and Stampings. "Elektron" Sections and Stampings. "MG7" Sections and Stampings. [9]

1938 Produced a wide range of non-ferrous metals and alloys; the increasing demand for work by the Government had necessitated expansion of production facilities[10]

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

WWII Much of the production went into aircraft uses. Scientific advances during the war meant that at the end substantial re-equipping was necessary. The company continued to depend on science to ensure its production was maintained at high level[11]. Had produced 250,000 aricraft propellors from Duralumin, as well as aluminium alloy tube and wire for rivets[12]

1957 Delta Metal Co acquired the Company[13]

c.1960 Delta Metal Co formed James Booth Aluminium to acquire the aluminium and light alloy interests of James Booth and Co[14]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Nov 12, 1928
  2. The Times, 19 June 1912
  3. The Times, Mar 23, 1929
  4. The Times, Dec 23, 1921
  5. The Times, Nov 12, 1928
  6. The Times, Nov 06, 1928
  7. The Times, Mar 28, 1929
  8. The Times, Mar 20, 1931
  9. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  10. The Times, Mar 15, 1938
  11. The Times, Apr 06, 1945
  12. The Times, Apr 06, 1946
  13. The Times, Sep 24, 1957
  14. The Times, Feb 19, 1960