William King is one of Europe’s leading independent and privately-owned metals service centres.
Our group, which includes William King Ltd, Mi-King Ltd and Mi-King s.r.o operates three world class facilities that add value to customer supply chains through processing and just-in-time delivery of metals across a range of industrial sectors.
From our three European sites, we provide products and services in:
- Steel including high-tensile, prepainted, stainless steels, light gauge steels including tinmill products
- Electrical steel
We supply into all manufactured goods sectors, ranging from automotive, mobility and domestic appliance through to packaging and engineering industries.
Key to our success is the agility that comes from being an independent company, complemented with our long-term view and commitment to invest in technology, industry-leading processes, and of course the skills and knowledge of our people.
William King’s origins can be traced back to the 1820s when it was an ironmonger business, Edmund Boughton and Co, in Gloucester, UK.
The company continued to expand during the 19th Century to include iron and steel warehousing, trading and tinplate production with operations in Gloucester, Birmingham and South Wales.
Jump forward to 1905 and Mr William King purchased the Birmingham operation of Edmund Boughton and Co. Unfortunately, the owner died in 1917 and the business was acquired by Henry William Worley, the grandfather of the current Chairman Michael Worley, and great-grandfather of the current Managing Director Rachel Graville.
A lot has changed over those 200 years, so to get a closer look at how the company evolved, take a tour of our interactive timeline that highlights some of the key dates and milestones in our history.
Start Trading as Gloucester Ironmongers
Company started trading under the name ‘William King’
The Company became LTD
Acquired current site – WK Atlas Centre Site
Mi-King Ltd formed in Washington, Sunderland. Joint venture with Mitsui of Japan
William King expanded and built a new East works
Mi-King SRO in Czech Republic, joint venture with Mitsui
Start processing Aluminium to support auto-sector trends
2014 - Now
Over £30m plant, machinery and IT investment