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of Witton, Birmingham
1950s the company's researchers perfected the process for producing titanium on a commercial basis.
1962 The name Imperial Metal Industries Limited (IMI for short) was adopted on the 100th anniversary of G. Kynoch and Co.
1966 IMI was listed on the London Stock Exchange. Initially ICI retained a majority holding.
1968 IMI opened the first liquid-metal-cooled vacuum titanium-melting furnace, in Birmingham.
1969 Principal companies were:
1974 March. Sir St John de Holt Elstub retired from the posts of chairman and managing director. Sir Michael Clapham succeeded him as chairman with Eric Swainson becoming the firms new managing director.
1978 IMI became fully independent of ICI.
1993 The Ammunition Division was incorporated as Eley.
2015 IMI Plc. Revenue £1.6bn. Divisions are IMI Critical Engineering, IMI Precision Engineering, and IMI Hydronic Engineering. Employ 12,00 persons in 50 countries.