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1938 Welsh Tinplate Works

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Up to about 1890, the manufacture of tinplate was regarded as a Welsh speciality[1] [2]

Developments in the industry were more or less continuous up to about 1880, including:

  • 1728 Introduction of rolling in place of hammering
  • 1745 Introduction of grease pot for preparation of the surfaces
  • 1760 Acid for cleaning plates
  • 1806 Benefitted from development of cheaper sulphuric acid by neighbouring copper works, used for pickling
  • 1829 Close annealing
  • 1850 Steam used in pickling vats
  • 1866 Rolls introduced into the tin pots
  • 1879 Labour saving pickling machines
  • 1880 replacement of iron by steel as the base metal
  • 1890 patent tin pots
  • 1892 cleaning machines
  • 1900 overhead cranes and electric shears
  • 1905 electrically driven rolling mill.

For an overview of the developments in the tinplate industry see The Basic Industries of Great Britain by Aberconway: Chapter IXX

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