Aconia Casting started life in a dingy cellar in 1982 on Warstone Lane in Hockley, Birmingham. Hockley has always been our home, working for two years from Caroline Street and then on to Northampton Street where we have stayed for the last thirty years.
The Company was formed by two friends, John McCabe and Peter Sheldon. Both had worked for jewellery manufacturing companies since leaving school.
Their first cast was done with a manual wind up spring arm with a crucible at one end and a weight at the other. Whoever was brave enough held a gas torch and melted the metal until molten spun it into the can.
We have managed to leave all of that behind us and now use only state-of-the-art equipment. Melting is controlled by computers that melt silver, gold and platinum in a vacuum protected by argon gas.
In the last ten years Aconia has grown considerably. Three years ago we moved to larger premises just three doors away at number 37 to accommodate the growing number of new furnaces, casting machines and 3D Printers we purchased.