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Roburite Explosives Co

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1889. From Engineering of 13th December.

of 103 Cannon Street, London, EC

1887 First trial in U.K. of "Roburite", an explosive developed in Germany. Trial took place at the Newton-heath premises of Messrs Heenan and Froude[1].

1887 Incorporated as a limited company. This company was registered on 11 June, to acquire certain patent rights for the United Kingdom, the colonies and India.[2]

1891 Reconstruction took place, re-registration being effected on 30 June.

c.1913 Merged with Ammonal Explosives Ltd as Roburite and Ammonal

1914 Manufacturers of "Roburite", "Amvis", "Negro Powder", Dreadnought powder for quarrying, Tetryl electric detonators and all appliances required for the use of explosives. Employees 100. [3]

1915 25th annual meeting of Roburite and Ammonal Ltd; report of major shift in the business from industrial explosive to the war effort[4]

1917 Part of the amalgamation of the British Explosives industry.

1918 Incorporated into Explosives Trades Ltd as part of the merger of 29 makers of explosives[5]

1932 Formation of ICI (Explosives) which would include 11 companies controlled by ICI including Roburite and Ammonal[6].

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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Times, 12 February 1887
  2. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  3. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  4. The Times, 11 June 1915
  5. The Times, Dec 02, 1918
  6. The Times, 7 April 1932