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British Potash Company, of 49 Queen Victoria St, EC4.
1914 Recognising that the source of potash, needed for producing high quality lenses for the Royal Navy, had previously been Alsace, which had been occupied by Germany, Kenneth Chance (managing director of British Cyanides Co) organised a process to obtain potash from blast furnace dust. The British Potash Co was formed in conjunction with the North Lincolnshire Iron Co and others, who combined with the government to develop the potash industry in the UK.
1914 With the help of the Ministry of Munitions, British Cyanides Co built a factory at Rood End, Oldbury, capable of manufacturing large quantities of potash. Mr. C. H. Glassey (later to be chairman of British Industrial Plastics) was appointed works manager of the newly formed British Potash Co.
1919 The British government acquired 40,000t of potash salts from Germany in exchange for food; the potash would be sold by British Potash Co under the direction of a government/industry committee. In the face of resumption of German supplies, the British Potash Co's process was not economic.