Our History

There aren’t many companies that can boast the pedigree of ours.

Based in the birthplace of the industrial revolution, the great city of Birmingham, we boast a continuous history of high-quality metalwork since 1892.

We began life manufacturing bottle stoppers – hence our name! However, we soon diversified into the manufacture of metal components. At first, we focused on bicycle parts and later the motor cycle industry. Over the years we’ve come to be known as guarantors of press and machining quality in every sector.

We’re proud of our history – it’s made us who we are today. But it’s also an inspiration to keep us always fixed on what’s next. Through that focus on the future we know we’ll keep attaining the high levels of service and quality which will enable us to be here in another 120 years!

The Story So Far

Birmingham Stopper Company is established

1892

Birmingham Stopper Company is established

The Birmingham Stopper Company is established, manufacturing bottle stoppers.

Company name change

1900

Company name change

The company’s name is changed to The Birmingham Stopper & Cycle Components Company, to reflect the increasing manufacture of bicycle components.

Birmingham Stopper during First World War

1918

Birmingham Stopper during First World War

Birmingham Stopper manufactured parts for airplanes, motorcycles, shells, wire cutters and wire breakers during the war.

Company’s largest markets

1945

Company’s largest markets

By this time the truck and off-high-way industry are the Company’s largest markets.

Birmingham Stopper during World War II

1945

Birmingham Stopper during World War II

Birmingham Stopper helped the war effort with various products including parts for the crucial Bailey Bridge.

Acquisition of Heaton Ward Limited

1985

Acquisition of Heaton Ward Limited

Acquisition of the profiler and fabricator, Heaton Ward Limited

Centenary year

1992

Centenary year

The Company’s Centenary year is commemorated by our name reverting to Birmingham Stopper

Acquisition of Birmingham Auto Pressings

1993

Acquisition of Birmingham Auto Pressings

A period of growth begins with the acquisition of Birmingham Auto Pressings

Acquisition of Hockley Auto Limited

2003

Acquisition of Hockley Auto Limited

Acquisition of Hickton Pressings

2005

Acquisition of the pressing business of Copal Castings Ltd

2006

Acquisition of Bunting Sheet Metal Limited

2006

Acquisition of Bunting Sheet Metal Limited

Acquisition of Chantry Manufacturing

2007

Acquisition of Wilden Engineering Limited

2013

Acquisition of Blackpole Jig and Tool Limited

2013

Acquisition of Hussey Gwenda Products Limited

2015

Acquisition of Pressed Metal Products Limited

2015

Acquisition of Pressed Metal Products Limited

Following the acquisition of Pressed Metal Products Limited we now have a large range of pet tags and bells.

Birmingham Stopper Today

2019

Birmingham Stopper Today

There aren’t many companies that can boast the pedigree of ours.