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George Kynoich IMI

Early IMI History

IMI’s origins can be traced back to 1862, when a Victorian entrepreneur opened a percussion cap factory in Birmingham, UK before rapidly diversifying into businesses such as a brass rolling mill, a printing works, soap manufacturers, and the manufacture of bicycle components and metals.

In the early 20th century, the company created a metallurgical laboratory, whose technical advances helped make the company a world leader in metals technologies. In the 1920s, the company became a major supplier of carburettors and radiators for both cars and planes.

In the early days…

The Modern IMI