AJS Profiles, Guy Martin, World War 1 tanks and World war 2 tanks !!

AJS profiles, the UK’s steel profiling and Lumsden Grinding specialist has recently seen its profiles being used in a World war 1 reproduction of a Mark IV tank and also having a fantastic article written about our premises in the Black Country Bugle about tanks being built for World War 2.

Firstly, AJS Profiles were asked to produce parts for a TV show that was going to be all about TV personality Guy Martin building a WW1 replica of a Mark IV tank. We steel profiled a number of flamecut blanks that were used to produce the the tanks track. The program was aired on channel 4 and was a fantastic success.

Within weeks of the program being shown on TV, we were approached by a historian called Ken Ford, who had some photographs showing World War 2 tanks being built in our factory in Smethwick for the Russian Army in 1941. We had seen some of the pictures before, but there were also new pictures which showed a lot of the workers of the then Birmingham Rail and Carriage works surrounding the freshly built tanks.

The best picture is of Harold Macmillan (Prime minister 1957-1963) and Russian ambassador to the UK Ivan Maisky. Mr Macmillan looks a bit on the grumpy side – he probably couldn’t understand the Black Country dialect of the workers!!

The Photos below are of the visit and the final picture is of our number 1 works today.

The article can be viewed here on the Birmingham Mail website.

AJS Profiles today have 2 Factories on the same site with 50,000 sq ft of indoor production space. All our steel plate is stocked inside unlike most Steel Profilers. AJS Profiles have the largest selection of Lumsden Grinders in the World (22) – including the Largest Lumsden Grinder ever made. We also have 2 plasma cutting machines and 10 steel profiling machines. We also stock 2,000 tonnes of steel in various grades. All of these machines and stock allows AJS Profiles to have the quickest turnaround in the UK and a very satisfied customer base.


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