Kynoch & Co.  to  IMI plc

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Kynoch Works at Witton was a huge North Birmingham factory where, from 1862 and in the ensuing 141 years, ammunition, non-ferrous metals and other products were manufactured. The site was vacated in 2003. But the Company itself - Kynoch & Co.; G. Kynoch & Co. Ltd.; Nobel Industries Ltd.; I.C.I. Metals Ltd; I.C.I. Ltd., Metals Division; Imperial Metals Industries (Kynoch) Ltd; and IMI plc. - extended beyond the Witton site and operated factories in various parts of the British Isles and beyond. It was an enterprise of great significance, in peace and especially in times of war.

And it continues to operate and thrive to this day with manufacturing facilities and markets throughout the world.  The huge manufacturing complex at Witton has long since gone. But the Company remains one of Birmingham's largest and best-known firms and despite many transformations throughout its long life it retains its roots firmly in the City. 

This website contains information about the Company from 1862 to the present day, as follows:

History of the Company - from 1862 to present
(please see panel below)

Kynoch People - 1961

Kynoch Site Images - 1961

Kynoch in WW2:
Kynoch Works Home Guard - main page

Kynoch Works Home Guard (a 1942 report
Kynoch Works Home Guard (a 1944 image)
Kynoch Works Home Guard and Lt. E. Long
    Kynoch Works: air raids
Kynoch Works WW2 Memorial
46th Battalion Officers' List and 1944 Parade

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and more detail about the History of the Company:

A History of the Company, from 1862 to today
from Kynoch to IMI

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     SHORTCUTS:             1860 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010

The text of this History has been neither produced nor approved by
IMI plc. It is based almost completely on published information and is the author's personal interpretation of events. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that it is accurate, no responsibility of any kind can be accepted by this website nor by the author for any errors or omissions which may have occurred. If however you can offer additions, corrections or other comment, these will be gratefully received. Please use FEEDBACK.

The main sources for this History are:
  -  "Under Five Flags" published in 1962 by The Kynoch Press (for the period of 1862-1962; the author of this excellent and entertaining record, whose contribution was not acknowledged within the book, was Dorothy Thomas, an employee of the Company).
  - "A World of Engineering - The Story of IMI 1862-2001" by Ewan Fraser and John Metcalf, Good Books, 2002
  -  IMI Annual Reports
  -  Press Reports
  -  Memories of ex-employees

Acknowledgement is gratefully made to IMI plc for permission to use their copyright images.

- the two ICI/IMI publications mentioned above
- "Down the Memory Lanes of My Hafod" by J. Ramsay Kilpatrick with Felicity Kilpatrick. (Within an illustrated memoir of early life in Swansea, memories of the local copper industry and especially the ICI
Landore factory 1945 - 1949 - see for further information).

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