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Midland Aluminium

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of Wolverhampton

1955 Public company incorporated to effect a split of South Western Industrial and Water Corporation, grouping the interests in companies involved in aluminium and other metals and engineering into this company; the pottery companies were in a separate group. Products included Tower and Presto brands of domestic cookware, and Glow Worm Boilers; recognised that other R&D products had been less successful[1]

1956 Continued to own a large interest in London Aluminium Co, manufacturer of equipment for breweries, dairies, and chemical plant, and developing into work for atomic plant; also owned Midland Metal Spinning Co, Glow Worm Boilers and the Aerosol Group[2]

1961 Some of the Wolverhampton operations were moved to Wombourn[3]

1969 In the midst of a take-over bid from Judge, Midland sold its subsidiary London Aluminium to Associated Engineering Group[4]. Acquired Corfield Industries[5]

1973 Acquired Hartley and Sugden from Francis Industries[6]

1974 Acquired Interdomo of West Germany which proved problematic; Tube Investments, which supplied the company with aluminium, acquired Midland Aluminium[7]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Dec 16, 1955
  2. The Times, Dec 17, 1956
  3. The Times, Dec 13, 1961
  4. The Times, Jul 30, 1969
  5. The Times, Oct 02, 1969
  6. The Times, May 03, 1973
  7. The Times, Dec 17, 1974