Sunday, March 4, 2012

Vanished Makes: The Aluminium Plant & Vessel Company

Aluminium Plant and Vessel Co. Ltd.
Copper Through the Ages.  Kendals Hall, Radlett, Herts:  Copper Development Association, 1934, 1956
Dr. Richard Seligman founded the Aluminium Plant & Vessel Company in 1910, which specialized in the fabrication of welded containers for the brewery and vegetable oil industries.  He went on to invent the plate heat exchanger (PHE) in 1923, which revolutionized methods for indirectly heating and cooling fluids.  They turned down the opportunity in the 1930's to manufacture Marcel Breuer's aluminum furniture.  (Breuer designed the first bent tubular steel chair, later known as the Wassily Chair,  inspired by the curved tubular steel handlebars on Breuer's Adler bicycle.)

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