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About Us

A major player in the supply of primary Zinc alloys since 1947

The Brock Metal Company Ltd has influenced the whole world in this specialist field. If you’ve ever wondered why there are other companies supplying metal bearing the Brock name or using a badger logo it is a comment on the reputation built here at The Brock Metal Company Ltd in the UK. Supplying primary Zinc alloy across Europe and beyond we have the expertise to help you make better use of this versatile metal, to optimise product design and minimise cost.

We are internationally recognised as a centre of professional expertise

The team at Brock Metal plays its part within key organisations such as the Zinc Information Centre, the Cast Metals Federation and the Aluminium Alloy Manufacturing and Recycling Association. The company manufactures Zinc alloys to all the recognised European and international specifications and our quality assurance systems are fully accredited to BS EN 9001 (2015) with full traceability. The Brock Metal Company Limited is a part of NFM Alloyz Group which has its Head Office in Luxembourg and production sites in Belgium (www.nfm.lu)

History

The Brock Metal Company Ltd was founded in 1947 by Eric Jones. Eric was a shoe salesman who was introduced to the metal industry by a friend. He established the original factory in an old pub in Saltley, Birmingham. Searching for a name for their new business, Eric and his wife decided to use the soubriquet given her when she worked at Rackhams department store: ‘Brock’. The name was used to distinguish her from another employee who shared her real name, for the purpose of recording their commissions. The couple felt the name was associated with her success at Rackhams and decided to carry it forward to the new business. Brock is one of the oldest words in the English dictionary. It’s the word for ‘badger’ – hence our logo.

Eric sold the business some years later to the Leigh & Sillavan Group, metal traders based in Macclesfield Cheshire. At this time the business was moved to a new purpose built factory at Norton Canes, Cannock Staffordshire. A period of rapid expansion followed from 1985 which saw the Company taking a larger share of the UK market and developing export sales of zinc alloy and aluminium to continental Europe. In 2008 a strategic decision was taken to concentrate entirely on the manufacture of zinc alloy products. During its lifetime Brock has had several owners, including Benjamin Priest, International Marine and Alumasc Plc.

Meet the Brock Metal Team

Our Brock Metal Family
Gerard Keane
Managing Director

Passionate about zinc, Brock and Aston Villa, (though not necessarily in that order), Gerry has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the zinc industry. His sales skills were honed in the domestic cold storage appliance sector (Inuit territories). Current holder of the Brock corporate record for the most thoughts contained within a single sentence. Never knowingly undersold (against factory capacity, that is).

Martin Smith BA MA (Cantab) CEng MIET
Operations Director

Comes up with ways to grow factory capacity, and then complains when it's filled.
Comes up with ways to save Brock money, most of which involve spending money.
Part engineer, part scientist: ask him if the glass is half full or half empty and he's completely torn. The engineer part says the glass is twice as big as it needs to be. The scientist part says the glass is full, because you can't neglect the air.

Marcia Miller BA Hons MSc
Financial Controller

Buying and selling in three currencies, the ups and downs of forex and LME, and a raw material cost of over £2,000/tonne, all mean there's a lot of finances to control! It's often said accountants don't like surprises, but Marcia remains impressively free of nervous twitches....so far....

Linda Minall
Office Manager

If the customer is always right it’s probably because Linda gave them the information first. With over 40 years’ experience of customer service at Brock behind her Linda would like to point out that they started work very young back then.

Neil Yates
Operations Manager

38 years of zinc alloy production. Neil wasn’t born; he was cast.

Gill Russon
Quality Manager

Over 25 years in the die-casting industry before joining Brock gave Gill an in-depth understanding of our customers’ needs. She’s on your side but don’t catch her when she’s hungry!

Terry Moore
Health, Safety and Environment Manager

Franz Kafka said a Safety Manager is ``someone who writes a 10,000 word document and calls it a brief``. That's not Terry. He's practical, no-nonsense and hands-on. In fact, that's his trademark - that and his initials™

Jane Elson
Sillavan Anodes

Jane looks after the Special Products. Like most businesses, Special Products at Brock are things we don’t make much of but charge more for. But because it’s Jane you won’t mind so much.

Allison Whitehouse
Accounts

Given her name runs the chemical symbols for Aluminium, Lithium, Sulphur, Oxygen and Nitrogen together, we're mystified how Allison's come to do the money instead of the spectrometers.

Tony Thorns-Dobson
Laboratory

During Tony’s time at Brock civilisations have risen and fallen, empires have come and gone and continents have drifted across oceans but through all this upheaval he has ensured that one thing does not change: the control of our alloy composition.

Matt Yates
Despatch Manager

'The Transporter'….but this one does ask questions. How else do you deliver On Time In Full?

Alison Wooldridge
Accounts Assistant

Ask for Alison with one 'L'. A recent addition to the Brock family, she's been in manufacturing and finance long enough to have real expertise in meditation, yoga and breathing techniques. When pushed, will confess to liking I.T. Well, maybe it's not Spielberg's best film, but lots of people find the little alien very endearing.

Samantha Yates
Office Administrator

With a catch-all job title like that you won’t be surprised that Sam supports all sorts of business activities. Recently incorporated into the Yates dynasty (see 'News' section).

A Dedicated Team Of Skilled Foundrymen

This is where it all happens. They may be unaccustomed to sunlight, but these guys are highly competent professionals who care. You can rely on them to get it right, time after time.

Geoff - Paul - Billy - Kelvin

Tony - Keith - Pete - Chris

John - John - Mick - John - Luke

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