W. Canning and Co
From Graces Guide
W. Canning and Co of 133-137 Great Hampton Street, Birmingham 18. Telephone: Central 3622. Telegraphic Address: "Materials". Also London and Sheffield
1785 Company founded.
1914 Manufacturers of complete equipments for electroplating and polishing. Specialities: polishing lathes, mops, buffs, compositions, lacquer and circular brushes. Employees 350. 
1920 Public company.
1937 British Industries Fair Adverts for Equipment for Electro-Plating and Metal Finishing. Polishing Equipment, dynamos, Motor Generators, Resistances, Polishing and Plating Barrels, Polishing Motors, Lathes, Automatic Plating, Polishing Equipments, Chrome, Nickel, Cadmium Vats, Mops, Compo Wire Wheels, Brushes, Lacquers. (Engineering/Metals/Quarry, Roads and Mining/Transport Section - Stand No. Cb.317). 
1937 Electro-plating engineers and chemists. 
1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers.
1940 See W. Canning and Co: 1940 Adverts
1956 Patent - Apparatus for supporting work-pieces during electroplating. 
1961 Manufacturers of plant, materials and chemicals for the plating, polishing and finishing of metals. Products include motor generators, dynamos, control gear for plating and polishing plant, electro-plating chemicals, nickel anodes and salts, lacquers, acids, drysalters and polishing mops and brushes. 2,000 employees. 
1967 Patent - Jigs for Supporting Workpieces in Treatment Baths. 
1974 Developed a system for effluent recovery and treatment for the metal finishing industry.
1974 Opened a polishing demonstration department in Birmingham for potential customers to see machines in action.
1998 W. Canning taken over by MacDermid Incorporated
- Note an album of the history of the firm is held in the SMC Library.
Sources of Information
- Peck's Trades Directory of Birmingham, 1896-97: Advertisers
- 1914 Whitakers Red Book
- Bicycling News
- 1937 British Industries Fair Advert pp610 and 611; and p345
- 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
-  Wikipatents
- 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
-  Wikipatents
- The Engineer 1974/06/13
- The Engineer 1974/07/25