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Swansea Vale Spelter Co

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of Llansamlet, near Swansea, spelter refiners

c.1873 Company established[1].

1876 The Swansea Vale works were the first smelter to be built in Britain primarily for the production of zinc metal.

1913 The works were gutted by fire; 4000 retorts were destroyed[2].

1914 At the outbreak of war, the company was in German hands. A businessman with interests in a large zinc deposit in Burma, was entrusted with the task of buying control of the Swansea Vale works which was then being reconstructed[3].

1920 Works closed due to low prices and a strike at the works[4].

1921 National wage settlement; Swansea Vale, the largest in the country, began heating its furnaces[5].

1923 Acquired by National Smelting Co which would enable links with the other important smelter at Avonmouth[6].

1925 The Swansea Vale Spelter Works at Llansamlet wer making considerable extensions in the roasting and acid departments. This work was part of a scheme under consideration for modernising the whole of the plant with a view to meeting foreign competition. The production of the roasting and acid departments were enlarged and the whole of the processes overhauled and improved.[7]


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 12 December 1923
  2. The Times, 26 June 1913
  3. The Times, 12 December 1923
  4. The Times, 26 June 1920
  5. The Times, 5 October 1921
  6. The Times, 5 December 1923
  7. The Engineer 1925/12/25