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Firth-Vickers Stainless Steels

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of Staybrite Works, Sheffield. Telephone: 41193. Telegraphic Address: "Staybrite, Sheffield"

1934 New company formed to acquire the stainless steel interests of Thomas Firth and John Brown and the English Steel Corporation. which would jointly own the new company[1].

1936 Jointly owned company Firth-Vickers Stainless Steels Ltd. Continually finding new uses for its products[2].

1937 British Industries Fair Advert for Staybrite Super Stainless Steel - the Ideal Metal for Every Domestic Use. "Staybrite" and Stainless Steels in every variety of application to art and industry. also Heat Resisting Steels and their applications to furnace construction and other industrial uses. (Engineering/Metals/Quarry, Roads and Mining/Transport Section - Stand Nos. D.513 and D.412)

1937 British Industries Fair Advert for "Staybrite" Steel in all forms, as fabricated by various manufacturers. (Stand No. D.727)

1937 Manufacturers of Stainless and Staybrite steels. "Firth" Stainless Steels. "Saitie" Steels. "Staybrite" Steels.

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

1945 Advert. Free machining stainless steels.

1960s As result of the Nationalization Act, the company was jointly owned by British Steel and Firth Brown, the largest private sector steel company[3]

1968 Announced a new type of stainless steel.

1972 Nationalized British Steel made agreement with private sector Thomas Firth and John Brown to rationalise stainless steel operations by taking over the rolling of strip and plate; Thomas Firth and John Brown would retain the Firth Vickers company[4].

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 12 July 1934
  2. The Times, 27 June 1936
  3. The Times, Mar 20, 1969
  4. The Times, 3 May 1972