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November 1926. Alpax. Lightalloys allied with Fermans Die Castings.
November 1926.
February 1929.
1932.
1954.

of St Leonards Road, Willesden Junction, London, NW10, aluminium alloy founders and engineers.

1922 Business founded. Was responsible for introduction of Alpax, modified aluminium silicon alloy, into the UK[1]. British Metal Corporation had an interest in the firm.

1926 Company incorporated to acquire a private company of the same name[2]. Allied with Fermans Die Castings Ltd of London (see advert)

1937 Aluminium alloy founders and engineers. Supplied Alpax castings to the aircraft industry and to many others in the UK. Secured large order for doors for railway carriages[3].

1938 Public company[4].

1939 Made sand castings and die castings for aluminium alloy. The firm were pioneers of the modified process by which the excellent mechanical properties of the corrosion-resistant aluminium silicon alloys are obtained free from hot shortness and extreme fluidity. By adding to pure Alpax very small amounts of other metals which do not in any way affect corrosion-resistance, the firm has devised alloys which according to heat treatment fit them for more highly stressed parts[5]

1956 Manganese Bronze and Brass Co took over Lightalloys Ltd[6].

1958 Expansion of Lightalloys into making doors for railway stock.

1960 Factory at Willesden sold; Lightalloys operations merged with those of Deans and Son at Beverley. Formation of Deans and Lightalloys[7].

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 3 November 1937
  2. The Times, 17 November 1938
  3. The Times, 3 November 1937
  4. The Times, 17 November 1938
  5. 1939 Suppliers to the Aircraft Industry
  6. The Times, 3 October 1956
  7. The Times, 30 June 1961