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Muntz's Metal Co

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February 1872.
January 1896.

of French Walls, Smethwick, near Birmingham

1842 The works at French Walls were acquired by Mr. G. F. Muntz, the founder of the firm, for the purpose of manufacturing his patent yellow metal sheathing and rods, which had been produced for some ten years previous to that date at temporary works in South Wales and Birmingham - see Patent Metal Co

These works were then considerably extended.

1863 Public company was established, the shares of which were rapidly subscribed[1]

1864 Muntz's Metal Co acquired the Patent Metal Co of French Walls from the Muntz family[2]. G. F. Muntz junior was a member of the board.

1890 The company was reconstructed, and re-registered on 24 June. [3]. The scope of the company was broadened so that it could address other metallic trades. Philip Albert Muntz was a director; he said he had been connected with the company since its formation, and owned one-sixth of the shares in the company [4]

1896 Gerard Albert Muntz became managing director

1912 Leading exhibitor at the Non-Ferrous Metals Exhibition at the Royal Agricultural Halls[5]. Sir Gerard Muntz was President of the Exhibition.

1921 The firm's products included, as well as Muntz's patent yellow metal sheathing and rods, a range of non-ferrous articles. Sir Gerard A. Muntz, Bart., a grandson of the founder of the firm, was a member of the Board of Directors.

1923 Mr Charles Bright was appointed London Director of the Company.[6]

1925 Amalgamated with Elliotts Metal Co[7]

By 1932 Advertisement: ICI Metals Division incorporated Muntz's Metal Co and others.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Birmingham Daily Post, November 2, 1863
  2. Victoria County History, History of the County of Stafford: Volume 17: Offlow hundred (part)
  3. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  4. Birmingham Daily Post , May 20, 1890
  5. The Times, 19 June 1912
  6. The Engineer 1923/04/13
  7. IMI archives at Birmingham [1]