United Alkali Company

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United Alkali Company Ltd
Former type Ltd
Industry Bulk Chemicals
Fate Merger
Predecessors 48 separate companies
Successors Imperial Chemical Industries
Founded 1890
Defunct 1926
Headquarters Widnes
Products Soda Ash

United Alkali Company Limited was a British chemical company formed in 1890. Producer of soda ash by the Leblanc process and used in the glass, textile, soap, and paper industries.[1] It became one of the top four British chemical companies merged in 1926 with Brunner Mond, Nobel Explosives and British Dyestuffs Corporation to form Imperial Chemical Industries.

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United Alkali was formed on 1 November 1890 when 48 chemical companies from the Tyne, Scotland, Ireland and Lancashire were merged. These included Newcastle Chemical Works, Allhusen, Gateshead; Atlas Chemical of Widnes; Henry Baxter of St Helens; Gaskell, Deacon of Widnes; Globe Alkali of St Helens; Golding-Davis of Widnes; Irvine Chemical of Scotland; A G Kurtz of St Helens; James Muspratt of Widnes and Liverpool; Runcorn Soap and Alkali; Charles Tennant of St Rollox, Glasgow; Wigg Brothers and Steele of Runcorn.[2]

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  1. ^ "Fleetwood's Maritime Heritage". United Alkali. 2012. Retrieved March 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ "IMPERIAL CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES PLC; ARCHIVES OF BRUNNER, MOND AND COMPANY LTD AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES". The National Archives. Retrieved March 21, 2012. 

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