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William Mills (of Birmingham)

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June 1923.
November 1926. Aluminium Castings.
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of Grove Street, Birmingham

of Friar Park Road, Wednesbury (1947)

William Mills (1856-1932) set up a company in Birmingham, bearing the same name as his Sunderland business - William Mills - which he retained to supply the North.

1905 Mills acquired premises in Grove Street, Birmingham. Opened the Atlas Aluminium Foundry in order to supply the demands of motor-car manufacturers in the Midlands.

WWI It was at this factory that the principal supply of aircraft castings was made during the war. For this purpose Sir William invented an alloy which was subsequently practically taken over by the Government and which is still known as "L.5."

Post-WWI: produced castings for the motor car and aircraft industries.

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