William King is a leading independent metals service centre.
Together with Mi-King Ltd and Mi-King sro, we are industry leaders in the supply of steel strip mill and aluminium products. Our range of materials includes Mild Steel, Stainless Steel Tinplate, ECCS, Blackplate, Pre-painted steel and Aluminium.
From our base in West Bromwich in the heart of the UK, we buy and sell steel and other metal products on a global basis and have established long term supply partnerships in all the major metal consuming sectors, including the automotive, consumer durable, packaging and construction industries.
The origin of William King dates back to the 1820’s starting out from a Gloucester ironmonger’s owned by Edmund Boughton. The business continued to expand during the nineteenth century to incorporate iron and steel warehousing, trading and tinplate production. By the 1860’s the business had operations in Birmingham, Gloucester and South Wales. In 1905, the company sold its Birmingham business to Mr William King. The operation continued on a sole trading or partnership basis until 1951, when the present limited company was formed.
In the 1940’s, operations started in Sandwell, further expansion meant that larger premises were needed, and, in 1959, the Atlas Ironworks site was acquired. In 1962/63, the earliest parts of the now ‘Atlas Centre’ was constructed. Over the years continued investment has seen this site grow to 25,000m² of covered warehousing and processing facility on a 5ha site. The most recent development was the building of the ‘East Works’ in 1998/1999, a 5000m² state-of-the-art processing facility, incorporating two wide high performance press blanking lines.
In 1988, a commercial agreement was signed with Mitsui & Co plc. the oldest and largest trading company in Japan, to form a new company, Mi-King Ltd, a joint venture metal service centre based in Washington, Tyne & Wear.
In 2005, operations started at Mi-King s.r.o. in Kolín, Czech Republic. From there, we are supplying similar industries and companies related to our UK customer base.
The three companies, William King Ltd, Mi-King Ltd and Mi-King s.r.o. buy from the leading European mills and represent one of the largest flat rolled metals service centre operations in our industry.
William King remains privately owned, and is therefore able to take a long-term view of investment strategy. Throughout the company's existence, no dividends have been paid and all earnings have been retained to fund further investment. Over recent years, the company has achieved the ISO14001 Environmental Standard and the ISO TS 16949 Automotive Quality Standard.
The Company remains committed to the training and development of its employees and is now widely regarded as the leader in the industry in terms of training, quality and environmental standards.