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Robert Lloyd Gibbins

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Robert Lloyd Gibbins (1878-1948), Joint Managing Director of the Birmingham Battery and Metal Co

1948 Obituary [1]

ROBERT LLOYD GIBBINS. Mr. R. Lloyd Gibbins, J.P., Joint Managing Director of the Birmingham Battery and Metal Company Ltd., died on 31 May 1948.

Mr. Gibbins was born in 1878 and joined the Birmingham Battery and Metal Company Ltd. in 1899. He became secretary of the company in 1908, a post he held until the centenary of the firm in 1936.

In 1911 he was appointed a director of the firm, and from 1911 until 1925 he was largely responsible for the company's works, copper refinery, and laboratory.

From 1925 until his death he was in charge of the commercial side of the business as joint managing director. He was a representative of the third generation of his family to manage the company, in which he is now being followed by a member of the fourth generation.

He was particularly interested in the Brass and Copper Tube Association, being its Chairman in 1927 and 1928 and a member of its executive committee from 1925 until his death. He was elected a member of the Institute of Metals in 1917, and was a Member of Council of the Institute from 1924 to 1934. He served on the Finance Committee of the British Non-Ferrous Metals Research Association for 26 years, and had just retired from that Committee after being its Chairman for 12b years. He was a keen supporter of the British Non-Ferrous Metals Federation, of which he was Honorary Treasurer from its inception.

He was a bachelor, and lived at Laughern Hill, Wichenford, Worcestershire. He took a lively interest in the country life of his district.

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