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Tata Chemicals
Tata Chemicals
Europe (formerly Brunner Mond (UK) Limited) is a UK-based chemicals company that is a subsidiary of Tata Chemicals Limited, itself a part of the India-based Tata Group. Its principal products are soda ash, sodium bicarbonate, calcium chloride and associated alkaline chemicals.

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1 History 2 See also 3 References 4 External links

History[edit] The original company was formed as a partnership in 1873 (becoming a limited company in 1881) by John Brunner and Ludwig Mond. They built Winnington
Winnington
Works in Northwich, Cheshire
Cheshire
and produced their first soda ash in 1874. In 1911 it acquired soap and fat manufacturer Joseph Crosfield and Sons and Gossage, another soap company that owned palm plantations. A few years later it sold the soap and chemical businesses to Unilever. In 1917, the company's trinitrotoluene (TNT) factory in Silvertown, London exploded having caught fire. In 1924 Brunner Mond acquired the Magadi Soda Company of Kenya
Kenya
and in 1926 Brunner Mond was one of the four main companies – along with British Dyestuffs Corporation, Nobel's Explosives Limited, and the United Alkali Company – which took part in the merger which created the massive industrial combine Imperial Chemical Industries
Imperial Chemical Industries
(ICI). Alfred Mond
Alfred Mond
– son of Ludwig and Chairman of Brunner Mond – was a key figure along with Harry McGowan of Nobel's in bringing this merger about. The Brunner Mond business was absorbed into the Alkali Group of ICI, becoming one of the largest and most successful companies in the world (ICI acquired Crosfield and Gossage's chemicals business from Unilever
Unilever
in 1997.) The Alkali Group became the Alkali Division in 1951. This merging with the Runcorn-based General Chemicals Division in 1964 to form Mond Division. This became the Soda Ash Products (Group) of ICI Chemicals and Polymers from 1986 until divestment.

World War I memorial plaque, now at Sandbach Cemetery

During the early 20th century the company built managers' and workers' houses in Hartford, Cheshire.[1] In 1991 Brunner Mond Holdings Limited, rapidly listed, was formed by the British and Kenyan soda ash businesses of ICI. In 1998 this corporation gained the soda ash production capabilities of Akzo Nobel in The Netherlands
The Netherlands
to form Brunner Mond B.V. This expanded, three-base, form was later re-acquired by its parent company. Brunner Mond acquired British Salt, a Cheshire-based brine supplier, in 2010 for around ₤93 million. This vertical acquisition gave longer term raw commodity price certainty and an economy of transport distance for one of the company's largest factories. The company was bought by Tata Chemicals
Tata Chemicals
in 2006. In April 2011 Brunner Mond was re-branded Tata Chemicals
Tata Chemicals
Europe. See also[edit]

Solvay process Silvertown explosion Mond gas Timeline of hydrogen technologies Ludwig Mond
Ludwig Mond
Award Melchett Medal Baron Melchett Robert Mond

References[edit]

^ "Hartford Village Design Statement" (PDF). Vale Royal Borough Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-09-07. Retrieved 2007-02-20. 

External links[edit]

Brunner Mond website Magadi Soda website

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