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from 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
(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:
and more detail about the History of
History of the Company, from 1862
from Kynoch to IMI
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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
www.worktoad.co.uk for further information).
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