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Birmingham Aluminium Castings Co

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of Cambridge Street Works, Birmingham

of Birmid Works, Smethwick, Birmingham

1903 The company was registered on 5 May, in reconstruction of a company of almost similar title. [1]

1911 Demonstrated that use of high pressure gas in furnaces was more economical than use of coke[2].

1919 Shareholders asked to approve the issue of new shares to Harper Bean; the company would retain its freedom and control its business whilst contracting to establish a new factory and expand production up to a level needed to supply Harper Bean expected production of 2,000 cars/week. The Birmingham Corporation might take over the Cambridge Street works. The company had recently taken over Midland Motor Cylinder Co[3].

1936 As means of financing expansion of light alloy products, a new company Birmid Industries was formed and its shares were exchanged with those held by existing Birmingham Aluminium Casting Co shareholders.[4].

1937 Aluminium alloy and elektron founders and die casters. "Birmabright", "Birmal" and "Birmasil" Alloy Castings. [5]

1937 Was part of Birmid Industries[6].

1939 Production of castings in the light alloys of aluminium and Elektron magnesium for aero-motors and aeroplanes. These processes include sand castings and gravity die-castings, and recently pressure die-casting. See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Chassis and engine components. [7]

1982 By now was part of Birmid Qualcast (Foundries). Specialised in Rolls-Royce, Jaguar and Rover blocks, heads and pistons. Although some operations at Birmal were closed and others transferred to Perry Barr Metal Co, Birmal continued to share with West Yorkshire Foundries BL's requirement for Jaguar and Rover.[8]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. The Times, 21 June 1911
  3. The Times, 19 December 1919
  4. The Times, 4 April 1936
  5. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  6. The Times, 3 December 1937
  7. 1963 Motor Show
  8. The Engineer 1982/03/04