Timeline

Formation of National Can

On 15 August 1954 National Can was established in North Fitzroy by Harry Tyrrell and Les Whitcroft, ...
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Commenced metal decorating

NCI commenced metal decorating with the first metal decorating oven to be built in Australia under ...
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Acquired Dalson Group (Dalsonware)

Dalson Products Pty Ltd, manufacturers of kitchen utensils, keys, barbecues and related metal produc...
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First issue of the company magazine published

After seven years, the company, while still small was large enough to have its own company magazine,...
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Acquired Norton Can Company

In February 1962, C Pinckney and Co Pty Ltd was acquired. An old-established company, Charles Pinckn...
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Belmont (WA) plant opens

A site was secured in March 1964 in Francisco Street Belmont, W.A.. David Cooper designed a 60 squar...
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Introduced Soudronic welding process

An important direct outcome of the Gumley, O’Halloran overseas trip in 1965 was the “discovery??...
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Canmaking commenced at Rocklea (QLD)

In June 1966, the Rocklea plant in Queensland commenced production. Rocklea is about 13km from th...
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Acquired Dixon Drum & Can Co.

In December 1968, National Can purchased Dixon Drum and Can Co Pty Ltd. A company which commenced...
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Established New Zealand operations at Avondale

National Can had developed close links with Des Walker of British Distributors Ltd, Auckland, New Ze...
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NSW can manufacturing moves to Thornleigh

National Can had out-grown the series of buildings at Meadowbank. A major new development was the pu...
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Established Tinplate Distributors

Established Tinplate Distributors Pty Ltd (now Pacmetal Services – Glendenning) in 1980. The idea...
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Founder Les Whitcroft retires

A major event was the retirement from executive office of co-founder Les Whitcroft in July 1981. He ...
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Littell sheeting line installed

An important development was the installation in May 1984 of a coil sheeting line at Tinplate Distri...
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Floated on the Australian Stock Exchange

1984 was to be a landmark year for National Can with the major step of public listing and the emerg...
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Founder Frank O'Halloran retires

In October 1986 came the retirement of one of the founders and greats of the company, Frank O’Hall...
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Northcote decoration plant completed

Coil sheeting, coating and printing equipment installed. A new coating oven was installed at Nort...
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Founder Alan Pitman retires

One founders of National Can, Alan Pitman, retired in October 1987. “Born Alan John Pitman at Brun...
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NCI acquired Canpac (NZ)

NCI acquired the Canpac business in New Zealand, the metal container division of the business, had p...
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Founder Harry Tyrrell retires

Founder Harry Tyrrell (MD) retires after 35 years at the head of the company. While Harry Tyrrell...
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Panmure (NZ) factory purchased

In March the Panmure property was purchased and an offer had been made to Hughes and Cossar Ltd for...
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NCI acquires Tinplate Containers Pty Ltd (SA)

July 1993 National Can purchased the assets and trading name of Tinplate Containers Pty Ltd, Adelaid...
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Established in Papua New Guinea and Fiji

1994 saw a real start to NCI’s Papua New Guinea operation. Two operations were acquired being the ...
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Closure of North Fitzroy plant

The gates of the original North Fitzroy factory were closed for the last time by Frank O’hallora...
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NCI acquires Stewart Plastics

On Thursday 29 February 1996, NCI acquired the plastic injection moulding operations of Stewart Plas...
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Michael Tyrrell appointed Managing Director

Michael Tyrrell assumed the post of Managing Director on 1 January 2000, following the retirement of...
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Glendenning (NSW) plant opens

A 2.2-hectare site at Glendenning, an outer suburb of Sydney, was purchased in 1999 for the purpose...
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Acquisition of Ruskin Plastics

In 2001 NCI bought out the injection moulding assets of Ruskin Plastics and integrated their activit...
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Acquired Impact Packaging assets

Acquired Impact Packaging (New Zealand) aluminium aerosol production assets. Two manufacturing ...
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XlerPail™ range launched with IML decoration

Until the launch of the XlerPail™ (10 Litre, 15 Litre and 20 Litre) range IML had only been offe...
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Privatisation of NCI

On 8 June 2012,  after a long and protracted struggle, Michael Tyrrell was successful and NCI becam...
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60th Anniversary

NCI celebrates 60th Anniversary of its founding by 4 experienced can makers. The company had grown f...
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Vale Michael Tyrrell

Michael Tyrrell (1961–2015) NCI is deeply saddened by the passing of Michael Tyrrell, the compan...
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Glendenning Building dedicated to Michael Tyrrell

On the 18th November 2015 the Pacmetal Services - Glendenning (NSW) building was dedicated to Michae...
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