Employee Ownership Trust Formed
New ERP System Launched
John Daniels appointed Managing Director as Stephen Senior becomes Executive Chairman
Became one of the first UK companies to be accredited to both ISO9001:2015 Quality and ISO14001:2015 Environmental standards
£500k investment in new production equipment
Awarded the International Exporter of the Year (Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals)
Sponsored by The Insider Magazine (NW)
50th Anniversary of the formation of the Company.
Major purchase of new warehouse and production facilities enlarging our site by 25%.
Large investment in new blending plant, increasing our capacity by over 50%
Obtains BS5750 Quality accreditation for the first time
First developed an ‘Open Book Supply Agreement’
Heavily invested in new production equipment such as high speed dispersers and triple roll mills
Investment in multi-language labelling software as international sales continue to grow
The installation of our first integrated Manufacturing and Accounting software package
Commenced trading Chemical Foaming Agents
Company Founder Bob Senior retires
Stephen Senior appointed Managing Director
Completed the acquisition of Arkwright Chemicals
Commenced production of pre-pigmented polyester gelcoat
The Employee Profit Share Scheme launched, distributed quarterly to all staff
Installation of our first computer
Relocation of the factory to Vale Mills in Radcliffe, Manchester
Harold West sadly dies
Stephen Senior joins the company
Relocation of the factory to Chatsworth Mills in Gorton, Manchester
Ceased production of dry pigments and entered the world of dispersions
Early manufacturing of organic pigments namely Pigment Green B (for tinting concrete) and Lake Red C (used in the early PVC footballs)
Bob and Harold decided to form a company using Bob's technical knowledge and Harold's business acumen West and Senior Limited was formed and commenced trading at Pendleton Mills, Croft Street, Salford.
Bob Senior, as a Dye works chemist, first became acquainted with Harold Wyndham West who was a customer buying Dyestuffs
Bob Senior returned to industry with Organic Dyestuffs after serving 4 years in the RAF as a navigator during WWII. Pre WWII Bob Senior had served his apprenticeship in the laboratories at L.B. Holliday & Co. Ltd. a dye manufacturing company finally qualifying in Pigment & Dye Organic Chemistry at the Huddersfield Technical College.
Bob Senior is born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire