This year (2023) marks 78 years of paint making at Palatine Paints.
The company history has been briefly documented over the years and we’ve added our last few years to keep it updated. Here is Palatine Paints’ company history, we hope you find it interesting.
1930s – The Original Flat Oil Paint
Palatine Paints’ origins go back to the 1930s with Hull based paint manufacturer Keystone, which manufactured a revolutionary product, “The original Flat Oil Paint”. Struggling during the Great Depression, the Hull company was actually attracted to Lancashire by government grants. At that time, government assistance was available for businesses moving to designated “depressed areas” and taking advantage of this programme, Keystone was given free charge of a part of Prospect Mill, a weaving shed in Platt Lane, Hindley. Paint manufacturing commenced at Hindley in around 1937 with a newly recruited local workforce, together with workers who had made the move from Hull.
1940s – In the Midst of World War 2
The advent of the second world war brought with it new Ministry of Defence contracts and the company soon expanded sufficiently to utilise all the space at Prospect Mill. During this period, London based company Louis Berger Ltd, fearing bomb damage in the capital, sought shadow premises in the North of England and purchased the Keystone company in Hindley..
The company continued without much influence from the London Berger HQ for several years but after the war ended Berger became more involved, ruffling the northern management’s feathers and eventually forcing them to form a separate business. In 1946 Palatine Paints was born – the two managers, a Lancastrian and a Yorkshire man named this newly created paint business Palatine Paints due to its location in the “County Palatine” of Lancashire. The Tudor rose was adopted as the trademark, the white rose of Yorkshire and the red rose of Lancashire reflecting each manager’s origins. Palatine Paints continued with small scale manufacturing whilst also distributing the Keystone products.
1950s – Skilled Chemist, Alan Everingham Joins the Company
Around the mid 1950s, Alan Everingham, a skilled Chemist unhappy in his role at Beaver Chemicals in Aintree, placed an advert (under a box number) in the “Paint Oil And Colour Journal” offering his services. Palatine Paints responded to the post and were delighted to find that it was Alan, whom they had been eyeing for some time. Alan’s remit at Palatine Paints was to improve and increase production capacity (a batch of white gloss was just five gallons at that time) and to expand the product range.
1970s – A Fire Remoulds the Future
The company expanded and continued production happily until 1973 when a fire broke out. The cause of the fire proved to be the cause of a fall out between the management team and almost the downfall of the company which went into voluntary liquidation. Alan Everingham started his own company, Everingham Paints & Chemicals ltd. Having purchased the Palatine Paints registered trade mark, Everingham Paints and Chemicals continued and flourished. Much of this success was attributed to Alan Everingham’s business acumen and skill as a chemist.
2000s – Everingham Retires
On Alan Everingham’s retirement, Everingham Paints was sold to Talke Chemical Co Ltd based in Congleton, Cheshire. The Leigh manufacturing facility here in Lancashire along with its staff was retained with the Lancashire site being managed by Jason Huyton. Talke Chemicals combined its own Carbo brand range with the Palatine brand to offer customers a greater range of industrial and decorative coatings.
2010s – Jason Huyton Buys the Company
In June 2011, and after joining Everingham Paints in 1994 as a sixteen year old, Jason Huyton purchased the Leigh manufacturing site and became the Managing Director of Palatine Paints & Chemicals Ltd. Under Jason’s leadership, with his passion and vision for Palatine Paints, the company continued its proud tradition of manufacturing top quality own brand coatings.
2019 -2020 – Another Fire and a Global Pandemic!
Throughout the 2010s Palatine Paints continued to develop and innovate with ongoing investment into the development of new products. As well as an extensive range of own brand coatings, the company began stocking a wider range of complementary products and to sell direct via its website. 2019 brought with it another challenge in the shape of a factory fire in July which created damage to one of the buildings rendering out of action for some time.
Fortunately nobody was seriously injured (despite the MD running into the burning building to turn off a gas supply) and the emergency services were here promptly, doing their usual fantastic work.
Smallbrook Lane remained closed for several hours, which of course attracted attention locally. Despite the damage, with team work and ‘grafting’, the clean up operation was underway the next day and with help from local businesses (supplying generators etc) things were soon back up and running. This was however, a set-back the business could have done without.
With things slowly returning to normal, the focus was on growth for the future, but in March 2020, Covid_19 struck. With companies UK-wide revising plans to accommodate working from home or even closing down, Palatine Paints still had regular ongoing orders of industrial coatings to business customers to fulfil. With high demand for IPA and hand sanitiser, processes were shifted around to accommodate that too. Following advice from the British Coatings Federation, the online business remained open and soon demand rose once people decided to use their furlough/ enforced home time to paint! Teamwork (and hard work) again got the company through the next few months. At the time of writing this, the pandemic is far from over, but Palatine Paints is acclimatising to the ‘new normal’ and focusing on the future.
Cleaning up after the fire
End of 2020 / Early 2021 – Launched the ever so popular Shed & Fence Paint Range
An absolute favourite of all our customers, with many colours to choose from our shed and fence paint grew in popularity across all our selling channels, with rich colour and an amazing finish – this is one of the best sellers in our range. We also welcome in a new member of the team, Sam joined the company as our E-Commerce administrator, his role involves listing products on all of our selling platforms, assisting customers with any online related questions and queries.
2022 – Continued launches of new products
As our customer base increases to both commercial and our domestic customers, we’ve increased our product range to match demand
- Stable Paint
- Farm Fence Paint
- Carbodeck Decking Oil
- Trumatt Premium Vinyl Matt Emulsion
- Chalkboard Paint
March 2022 – Water Based Tinting System arrived into us
We now have the facility to colour match to NCS S 2050 colours charts alongside the RAL Classic – BS 4800 – BS 381C
June 2022 – New Barrettine products listed
August 2022 – We welcome Amanda to our team!
Amanda joined Palatine as our Office Administrator, her role involves processing all the online orders, help customer with queries and quotations
November 2022 – Very happy news to be Partnered with Zenova
We’re very excited to announce that we’re partnering with Zenovo as their sub-distributor for the UK market. Zenovo are a global provider of fire safety & heat management technology solutions.
We finished the year working on the development of further new products, some of which are:
- Tile Paint
- UPVC Paint
- Interior Wood Stain
- Interior Floor Varnish
- Decking Paint
That’s the company history so far! And so it continues…
Do you remember?
If you remember the ‘old days’ of Palatine Paints, we’d love to hear your stories, there are some great comments below already.
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