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Nobels Explosives Co

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British Dynamite's licence to manufacture explosives
1918. Swansea.

Nobel's Explosives Co Ltd of 195 West George Street, Glasgow

1871 Company established as the British Dynamite Co. Ltd by Alfred Nobel, a Mr. Downie, and Messrs. Webb and Co

1877 Company reconstructed as Nobel's Explosives Co Ltd.

1886 The Nobel-Dynamite Trust Co was formed in London, merging Nobel's German company and Nobel's Explosives Co Ltd. This company bound together some of Nobel's companies by cross-shareholdings, profit pooling, and market-sharing agreements. Another holding company was formed later to bring together the others.

1897 Started to make and supply cordite to the War Office[1]

1900 The Nobel's Explosives Company Ltd was registered on 27 December, to take over the properties of a company of the same name. [2]

1914 Manufacturers of all kinds of blasting explosives and chemicals, military and sporting powders, guncotton, picric acid, detonators, safety and electric fuses and blasting accessories. [3]

WWI: The Nobel–Dynamite Trust was broken up at the outbreak of war. Harry McGowan (1874–1961), a manager who had spent his career with Nobel's Explosives used the opportunity to engineer a merger of almost the whole of the British explosives industry.

Established TNT factory at Pembrey, South Wales; later taken over by the government and closed after the war.

1918 Explosives Trades Ltd was formed to merge together the UK explosives industry including Nobel's Explosives, Kynoch, Curtis's and Harvey, Eley, Kings Norton Metal Co and Birmingham Metal and Munitions Co.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jul 20, 1910
  2. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  3. 1914 Whitakers Red Book