Cardiff Galvanizers (1969) Ltd, was acquired on the 27th October 1969. Its new owners were the late David Evans and Thomas Carter, and the present chairman Hayden John. All three were time served Engineering Apprentices. Thomas Carter and Hayden John had also seen a career as sea-going Chief Engineers. Though the company name may have been new in 1969 its origins go back a little further. The firms original activity was the manufacturing and galvanizing of an in-house product.
This product, "The Cox's Hatchcover Band" (as can be seen in the photograph opposite), was widely used in the shipping industry. The galvanized bands were used to protect the ends of timber hatch covers from handling damage.
The company held a world wide patent on this product for many years. The galvanizing bath in those early days was coke fired and had a dimension of only 3ft x 2xt 6in x 2ft 6in. But during the past 70 years the company has gone through many stages of change, and currently has one of the most modern galvanizing facilities in the United Kingdom.
A subsidiary company of Cardiff Galvanizers Ltd, Galvablast (1969) Ltd, was formed in 1995 to offer a more complete solution to the requirements of protective coatings.