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Darlington Rustless Steel and Iron Co

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1930 September. Company formed. 'The manufacture of rustless iron and steel is to be started at Darlington by new private company which has taken over works that originally belonged to the Blake Boiler Co., and passed into the bands of Messrs. J. Birdsall and Co., of Leeds, who stripped the machinery. The company, which has been named the Darlington Rustless Iron and Steel Co, was registered only several days ago. It has a capital of £100,000. Mr. J. L. Bentley, of Darlington, who at one time was chief metallurgist at the Redcar works of Messrs. Dorman, Long and Co., of Middlesbrough, is managing director, and Mr. J. Pattinson, of Darlington, is chief engineer. Production is expected to begin early next year and the first work will to supply ingots to Sheffield and Birmingham. It is expected to employ about 250 men and produce 700 to 1,000 tons of iron a month when the works are in full swing. Chromium ore will be shipped from the Transvaal to Middlesbrough, and reduced in electric furnaces at Darlington. The rustless iron industry has been in existence for only four years.'[1]

1931 Announcement. 'A process for the manufacture rustless metals invented by Mr. Ronald Wild, of Sheffield, will be started by the Darlington Rustless Steel and Iron Company, next month. The shops of the old Blake Boiler Company have been adapted by the firm for the manufacture of their products, and already many inquiries for ingots have been received.'[2]

1932 Share dealings. 'Darlington Rustless Steel Dealings. Dealings have begun in the £1 shares the Darlington Rustless Steel and Iron Company, which was incorporated in England in September 1930, as a private company and converted into a public concern in April of last year. The company owns the sole licence to manufacture rustless and stainless iron and steel under British letters patent known as the "Wild process." This process employs raw chromic ore to obtain the required chromium, thus avoiding the use of the more expensive ferro-chrome. To date the company's operations at its factory at Darlington have been restricted to organisation and development, but samples have passed the standard tests and result orders have been obtained for the supply of Darlington rustless iron and steel from some of the largest users of stainless metals in country. To ensure ample supplies of chrome ore for a number of years, the Darlington company has acquired three chrome ore mines in California, and the immediate equipment of the mine provides for the production of 30,000 tons of concentrates per annum. As the present demand the Darlington works does not exceed 6,000 tons per annum, the output the mine will meet a five times extension of the furnace plant Darlington over a period of 25 years. Dealings in the £1 shares are on the basis 21s. 6d. – 22s. 6d.'[3]

1933 Winding up order. '...Darlington Rustless Steel and Iron Co... a petition for the winding-up of the above named Company by the High Court of Justice was, on the 25th day of July, 1933, presented to the said Court by Bernard Augustus Holland, of 4, More's Gardens, Chelsea, in the county of London, Engineer...'[4]

1941 Company listed to be struck off.[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Thursday 25 September 1930
  2. Leeds Mercury - Monday 06 April 1931
  3. Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Wednesday 24 February 1932
  4. The London Gazette Publication date:1 August 1933 Supplement:33965 Page:5131
  5. The London Gazette Publication date:24 October 1941 Issue:35323 Page:6199