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Mond Nickel Co

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November 1947.
November 1947.
Decemebr 1960.

of 39 Victoria Street, London

of Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London, W1. Telephone: Grosvenor 14031. Cables: "Nicatio, Telex, London". (1947)

1872 Ludwig Mond was co-founder with John Brunner and director of Brunner, Mond and Co, which became the world's largest producer of alkalis.

Another outstanding discovery of Mond's was nickel carbonyl, a gas formed from carbon monoxide and metallic nickel. Mond developed a valuable method known as the Mond process for extracting nickel from its ores by use of this carbonyl. In the process, carbon monoxide passing over the crushed and smelted ore containing nickel produces the volatile nickel carbonyl; this is decomposed to yield metallic nickel.

1900 The Mond Nickel Co was registered on 30 September, to carry on the business of mining and smelting nickel and copper ores and of refining them by the patent process of Dr. Ludwig Mond, with freehold and leasehold nickel and copper mines in Ontario, Canada, and a freehold property of about 33 acres at Clydach, near Swansea, where the refining works were situated. [1]

1908 Ludwig Mond died at his home in Cheshire on 11 December.

Both his sons, Robert Ludwig and Alfred Moritz Mond, and his grandson, Henry Ludwig Mond, were involved in the Mond Nickel Co.

1914 Nickel refiners and manufacturers of sulphate of copper and nickel. [2]

c.1936 Research laboratory set up in Birmingham; William Griffiths (1895–1952) recruited Richard Beeching to work there.

1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of "Vase" Brand Nickel and Cobalt Oxides for Pottery, vitreous enamelling, and Glass Industries. Nickel and Cobalt Salts for Electro-plating Batteries, Pottery and Paint Industries. Selenium and Tellurium. (Olympia, Ground Floor, Stand No. 1057) [3]

1961 Change of name to International Nickel Company (Mond) Ltd[4], reflecting its affiliation with the International Nickel Company of Canada.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  3. 1947 British Industries Fair p190
  4. The Times, 25 February 1961
  • [1] High Beam Encyclopaedia
  • Biography of The Mond Family, Oxford DNB [2]
  • Biography of Richard Beeching, ODNB [3]