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Aluminium Crown Metal Co

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of Shirley

At this time, James Webster appears to have been the only English manufacturer of aluminium

1877 Opened a refinery at Shirley

1881 Webster set up the Aluminium Crown Metal Co. in Solihull

1885 Reorganised as the Webster Patent Aluminium Crown Metal Co., to work certain subsidiary improvements to the Deville process he had patented.

Webster then became interested in Hamilton Castner's new process for refining aluminium.

1887 The Aluminium Co. Ltd was founded, with capital of £400,000, to exploit Castner's invention and take over the business of the Crown Metal Co., with Castner as managing director.



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Sources of Information

  • Birmingham’s Industrial Heritage by Ray Shill. Published by Sutton Publishing 2002. ISBN 0-7509-2593-0
  • Archives of the British chemical industry, 1750-1914: a handlist. By Peter J. T. Morris and Colin A. Russell. Edited by John Graham Smith. 1988.