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Alkaline Batteries

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of Redditch Worcestershire.

1918 The Swedish battery company Svenska Ackumulator AB Jungner started a subsidiary company in the UK under the name Batteries Ltd, using the brand name NIFE.

1929 Varta founded Britannia Batteries Ltd at Union Street, Redditch. This was on the site of the former BSA factory; the new company commenced making dry batteries and lead-acid batteries.

1933 The Chloride Electrical Storage Co acquired a controlling interest in Batteries Ltd and renamed it NIFE Batteries Ltd.

1936 Chloride Electrical Storage Co acquired Britannia Batteries Ltd. This gave them the Union Street premises and the Britannia and Alklum brand names.

1938 Name changed.

1947 NIFE Batteries Ltd and Britannia Batteries Ltd were merged to form Alkaline Batteries Ltd operating from the Union Street area.

1961 Manufacture nickel, iron and nickel cadmium alkaline accumulators, miners' electric safety lamps, emergency lighting and power equipment. 850 employees. [1]

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