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Yorkshire Imperial Metals

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October 1973.

1924 Amalgamation of the two major copper smelting firms in Swansea, Vivian and Sons and Williams, Foster and Co and Pascoe Grenfell and Sons to form British Copper Manufacturers

1928 British Copper Manufacturers Limited were taken over by ICI

1958 Yorkshire Imperial Metals was incorporated as a joint venture between ICI and Yorkshire Copper Works. The Swansea works became part of the newly formed company as was the Yorkshire Copper Works of Leeds and the plate, tube, and fittings interests of ICI

1962 Formed joint company with Glynwed Tubes to market copper tube in Continental Europe[1]

1962 Registered new company Yorkshire Imperial Plastics[2]

1963 Purchased Whites-Nunan Ltd.

1966 Purchased W. H. Bailey and Co.

1969 Part of IMI Group

1971 Was making non-ferrous tubes, fittings, and plates at the Kingston Works, Smethwick (renamed the Allen Everitt Works) in 1971.

1980 Continued to operate the (Yorkshire) copperworks until it was closed in 1980


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, May 15, 1962
  2. The Times May 27, 1963
  • [1] Achives Wales
  • From: 'Smethwick: Economic history', A History of the County of Stafford: Volume 17: Offlow hundred (part) (1976), pp. 107-118. URL: [2].