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Century Aluminium

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of Upper Nithsdale, Blackaddie Road, Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire.


1969 Company founded by Iain Blackhust and Dave Cuthbert and acquired funding from further private investors. Substantial funding was received from the Government to assist with the redeployment of people made redundant from the closure of Kirkconnel's Fauldhead Colliery.

1970 Key members of the original board wereMichael James Vaughan, Roy Podmore (Production Manager) and Chris Romer with David Alford being appointed as Managing Director.

1970 28th April first machinery delivered to the site.

1973 Employees totalled 250 people.

1973 Open another factory in Girvan.

1974 Production of miniature and precision extrusions in aluminium. [1]

1975 Opened a further plant in Birtley.

1975 Michael James Vaughan and Roy Podmore left the company and set up MiRo Metals.

1978 Century Aluminium bought by Amari.

1980 Amari taken over by BP.

1981 Chris Romer took over as Managing Director.

1983 BP sold Amari to an employee and institutional buy-out - the new name being Amari Holdings plc.

1985 Century bought by Norwegian company ASV.

1986 Ownership transferred (by a change in government) from ASV to Norsk Hydro.

1988 Century opened paint plant in Blackaddie Road known as Century Finishing Co.

1991 Chris Romer left Century.

1992 Name formally changed to Hydro Aluminium Century and transferred central office personnel to Birtley.

1998 The Fielding press was closed down.

1999 Large number of redundancies from Sanquhar plant.

2003 Sanquhar plant closed.

2004 July 23rd Production ended at Century.

For full details please refer to the article [here]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1974/01/03 and 1974/01/10