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Expanded Metal Co

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1926. Expamet.
June 1949.
Sept 1949.

Expanded Metal Co of County Durham.

Expanded Metal Co, or Expamet, of Stranton Works, Greatham Street, West Hartlepool

of York Mansion, York-street, Westminster, S.W.l. (1919) of Burwood House, Caxton Street, London, S.W.I. (1938)

1900 The Expanded Metal Co was voluntarily wound up due to the size of its debts; Cowley Lambert was chair of the meeting[1]

1900 The New Expanded Metal Co was registered on 3 October, to acquire from the debenture holders the undertaking of the Expanded Metal Co. [2]

1914 Directory: Expanded Metal Co was listed as Metal manufacturers.[3]

1918 Private company.

1919 Supplier of reinforcement for concrete roads

1931 The use of expanded mesh for resistor elements was the subject of British patent 397932, taken out by Messrs. Nelson and Williams of Expamet.

Considerable development effort was put into testing and standardisation - by 1945 the materials, dimensions and mounting of the strip and girder elements were exactly as used today. The company's sales of expanded mesh resistors grew from £15,130 in 1936 to £122,918 in 1944.

1947 Company made public.

1955 Acquired Cressall Manufacturing Co

1961 Manufacturers of expanded metal and electrical resistances, also engineers for reinforced concrete work. 700 employees.[4]

1974 Mr. J. P Watson appointed alternate director to the board, took over as full director when Mr. Frank Banfield retired in May.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette 31 Aug 1900
  2. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  3. Kelly's Directory of Durham, 1914 p731
  4. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  • Cressall website [1]