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Our Engineering Heritage

2010 - 2017

November 2014
Acquisition of global power valve company, Bopp & Reuther
IMI acquires German global power valve company, Bopp & Reuther, expanding its Critical Engineering division’s product portfolio by enabling us to offer customers complete valve packages and giving us access to a bigger aftermarket opportunity.

October 2014
IMI announces sale of non-core business
The disposal of IMI’s non-core Eley group of businesses to LDC is announced, further sharpening our focus on our core specialist flow control activities.

August 2014
New strategy and new look for the Group
The launch of a new strategy and new global brand signals the next chapter in IMI's history.
Using the new Group strap-line “Engineering Great” Chief Executive Mark Selway outlined his plans for taking ‘good’ company and turning it into a ‘great’ company. The One IMI masterbrand is released and our three divisions are re-named to IMI Critical Engineering, IMI Precision Engineering and IMI Hydronic Engineering.

February 2014
Return of cash to shareholders
Following the sale of the Retail Dispense divisions, IMI returns £620m of cash to shareholders. 

October 2013
Major transformation of company’s portfolio
IMI announced a major transformation of its portfolio with the sale of both the Beverage Dispense and Merchandising divisions to The Marmon Group. With this sale, IMI becomes a specialist engineering group focused on the precise control and movement of fluids in critical applications and it is a significant strategic move.

September 2013
Change in Chief Executive announced
After 33 years of service to IMI, Martin Lamb announced his retirement as Chief Executive with effect from the end of December and his retirement from the Board in May 2014. His successor, Mark Selway, is a very experienced chief executive with a proven track record and has significant UK and international engineering experience.

April 2012
IMI is first company to receive global accreditation
IMI was pleased to announce that it is was first company to have been awarded the Investing in Integrity (IiI) charter mark. IiI is a new accreditation system jointly developed by the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) and the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) to award companies that act with integrity at all times. The award of this mark demonstrates the successful implementation throughout the organisation of the IMI Way. 

February 2012
IMI announces acquisition of Remosa SPA and InterAtiva
IMI announced two key acquisitions into its Severe Service division – Remosa SPA, the manufacturer of specialist valves used in critical applications in the downstream petrochemical sector and InterAtiva, a Brazilian isolation valve business.

October 2011
IMI acquires Th Jansen Armaturen
IMI acquired TH Jansen Armaturen GmbH (’THJ’) a business specialising in severe service valves and related flow control products. Th Jansen joined our Severe Service division. 

2000 – 2010

December 2010
IMI enters the FTSE 100 for the first time in its history
At the quarterly review, IMI was the 90th biggest company which qualified us for automatic inclusion into the index. This is the first time in the company’s long history that we have made the top index and employees are extremely proud. 

October 2010
IMI announces €135m acquisition into its Severe Service division
Zimmermann & Jansen, a leading engineering business specialising in severe service valves and related flow control products joins IMI's Severe Service division. The acquisition extends IMI’s interests into downstream Oil & Gas (Refining and Petrochemical) and into Iron & Steel and in technology terms, it is a natural fit with our Truflo businesses.

August 2007
IMI acquisition expands Indoor Climate capabilities
Pneumatex AG, a specialist provider of water conditioning equipment for building heating, cooling and related systems joins IMI, enhancing the capabilities in our Indoor Climate division. 

May 2007
IMI acquires Kloehn Company Ltd, a leading US provider of specialist pumping and fluid handling systems for the medical sector
The acquisition develops our skill set and complements the existing medical sector operations of our Norgren business, extending our reach into medical diagnostics and analytical markets.

The Truflo Group joins IMI
IMI’s acquisition of the Truflo group of companies extends the reach of both its Severe Service and Fluid Power divisions.

IMI completes the disposal of Polypipe
IMI completed the disposal of Polypipe, bringing to a close the portfolio repositioning initiated in 2001. IMI now consists of five strong businesses in clearly identified global niches; Severe Service, Fluid Power, Indoor Climate, Beverage Dispense and Merchandising.

IMI HQ moves from its historical Witton site
In 2003 IMI moved from Witton to new international headquarters at Birmingham Business Park, conveniently located to the airport for fast connections.

1900 – 2000

Restructuring is taking place
The 1990s were characterised by restructuring. It was the beginning of a continuing process resulting in the Group’s present structures and business focus. Metal smelting, metal founding and construction related businesses were divested. Simultaneously, capacity and range in the current core businesses were expanded.

IMI becomes a fully independent public company
In 1978 ICI sold its remaining interest and IMI became a fully independent public company. The boom years of the 1980s saw the Company move towards higher-margin finished products like pipes, tubes and fittings and in 1989 world-wide sales exceeded £1bn for the first time.

IMI receives a London Stock Exchange listing
IMI’s ambitions and distinct identity resulted in a Stock Exchange listing in 1966, with the parent ICI retaining the majority holding.

Change in name
In 1962, the one hundredth anniversary of George Kynoch’s cap factory’s opening, the Company was named Imperial Metal Industries.

Development of new products
After the years following the ending of the Second World War, the development of new products continued. In the 1950s one of the most significant achievements of the Company’s engineers and physicists was the perfecting of the process by which titanium could be produced on a commercial scale. The company continued to diversify and by the 1960s it was the most important contributor to ICI’s products.

Nobel Industries and ICI
In 1927 Nobel Industries became one of the four founders of Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) and the Witton site became the head office and principal manufacturing base of ICI Metals Division. In the years leading up to the Second World War it was the UK’s largest supplier of copper and copper alloys and had significant business in heat exchangers and sporting ammunition.

New opportunities
The end of the First World War in 1918, presented the Company with new opportunities represented by the burgeoning market for the industrial combustion engine. In the following decades it became a major supplier of carburettors and radiators for both automobiles and aircraft. The Company also had a new name, Nobel Industries, following a merger with a Swedish company. This was a buoyant period and there was a diversification into new product areas like zip fasteners.

Before 1900

Growth meant that the business had become too large to be handled by one man and in 1884 control was handed to a board of directors. By 1900 there had been even further diversification, into the manufacture of soap, bicycle components and the rolling of non-ferrous metals. The next decade saw unprecedented growth and the creation of a metallurgical laboratory, which generated many technological developments that helped to propel the Company’s world leadership in metals technologies.

George Kynoch
In 1862 Scottish Victorian entrepreneur George Kynoch opened a percussion cap factory in Witton, Birmingham UK. By 1881 it had grown to be Britain’s largest ammunitions manufacturing company but had also diversified – there was now a brass rolling mill, a patent lamp business and a printing works.