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C. Brandauer and Co

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Pen knib with 11 slits, displayed at The Pen Room

Pens of 403-7 New John Street West, Birmingham

1862 Company founded.

1862 Brandauer was founded when they took over the business of Ash Petit and Co.

1880s - 1900 Made knibs for pens. (Exhibit at Birmingham Thinktank museum).

1901 Private company.

1961 Manufacturers of light pressings in steel, stainless and non-ferrous metals for the engineering and allied industries. Also manufacture steel pens. 125 employees. [1]

2007 Still trading; at this point it was a 5th generation family company of international standing. It began as a manufacturer of high quality pen nibs which it sold world wide in great volume maintaining a reputation for their excellence for over a century of supply. Inheriting and adding to those skills the business then evolved into a world-class engineering company, specialising in the manufacture of complex components, in difficult materials, for a wide range of industry sectors.

2014 Specialised in tooling and stamping; exported 75 percent of its production, mostly outside Europe. Rowan Crozier was 6th generation family member, MD of the company, emphasised innovation as key to their success, dependent on recruiting and training the right people[2]

See Also


Sources of Information

  • Birmingham’s Industrial Heritage by Ray Shill. Published by Sutton Publishing 2002. ISBN 0-7509-2593-0
  1. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  2. The Times Dec. 1, 2014