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Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2006 5:37 pm
by localhost8080
there was indeed an ici site in powfoot

it was open till the late 1990's
you probably wont find any information on it as it was a ministry of defense site (i think)

there was (still is??) a paint (dulux) plant on the way into dumfries also

but its newer than ww2

dont know if you know this, but it was owned by nobels explosives
(the company that alfred nobel [the peace prize guy] set up to make dynamite ) the first site was at ardeer, the second was powfoot
they made (and still do at ardeer as far as im aware) nitrocellulose and nitroglycerine
for propellants and other chemicals, intended for other nasty stuff :) ... index.html

that has some cool info

also is the current company that owns the site

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2006 5:45 pm
by Tracey
To add to the list ! there is mention on here second paragraph down- assuming i have the right place :? :) . ... openid=917

Posted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:12 am
by McBrucie
This could be a useful site, I belive the actual place is well worth a visit.


Re: ICI factory just outside Annan

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 1:58 pm
by marybailey
DavidWW wrote:
ASGROOMBRIDGE wrote:Hello everyone,

I have been trying to get information on the ICI factory just outside Annan I think it may have been near Powfoot. My mother worked there during the war making (or do theey distil it) ether. I cant seem to find any information in fact I dont even know what ICI stands for. Can anyone help :?:

PS I am sure the factory was still around in the late 50's or early 60's
Exactly what this ICI site produced during WWII I'm not sure but it was an ICI site until just a few years ago, producing PET film (polyethylene terephthalate) until it was taken over by a competitor, - du Pont ????

See - but Annan not mentioned !!

See also for a passing reference !!

I know that you posted this a long time ago - but you might be interested to know that my father was the manager of the ICI factory at Powfoot during the war. He didn't talk about that time very much but I do have (somewhere) one or two bits of information about the factory and also one or two 'in house' magazines with photographs of some of the girls who worked there. Mary

Re: ICI factory just outside Annan.....

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 2:42 pm
by SarahND
Hello Mary and [TS_welcome]
Audrey has not been on the forum since January 2011, but if she has kept the same email address, she may get a notification of your post. Otherwise, you might try sending her a private message. I'm sure your information will be very interesting to her-- thanks for offering!

All the best,

Re: ICI factory just outside Annan.....

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:03 am
by Currie
Powfoot, Royal Ordnance Factory, Nitrocellulose Factory ... S&id=66510


Re: ICI factory just outside Annan.....

Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:44 am
by littlealison
Hello again. Haven't been here for a while.
I'm glad to find some info on ICI Ardeer, as I didn't know what it did. - thanks.
My Dad worked for ICI, and there is a note in his 1944 diary that he visited Ardeer in July for two days - and I wish I knew why! - Alison

Re: ICI factory just outside Annan.....

Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 7:19 pm
by q98929
Indeed there was an ICI explosives works at Powfoot and also at Ardeer (Stevenston not Ardrossan). Powfoot was involved in the manufacture of monobase granulated guncotton propellant and trinitrotoluene (TNT)?explosive.
Further information can be found at: ... ories.html