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GKN Reinforcements

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Note: this is a sub-section of GKN

of Smethwick, Staffordshire.

1924 Public company.

1927 Name changed.

1929 Name changed.

1940 GKN acquired a majority holding in Twisteel Reinforcement

1957 Name changed from Twisteel Reinforcement Ltd to GKN Reinforcements Ltd[1]

1958 New works established in Cardiff and design offices in various parts of Britain[2]

1960 Supplied a range of steel products for concrete reinforcement, including for the Sydney Opera House[3]

1961 Manufacturers and suppliers of steel bars and fabric mesh for concrete reinforcement, high tensile steel wire and strand for prestressed concrete. Designers of all types of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures. 750 employees. [4]

1974 Integrated with Firth Cleveland Reinforcements, also part of GKN[5]


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times , May 28, 1957
  2. The Times, Jun 27, 1958
  3. The Times, Jun 03, 1960
  4. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  5. The Times, Dec 12, 1973