History of Allweather Paints Ltd


Allweather Paints Ltd. was formed on the 21st April 1947 by Mr. E. Robinson, the late Mr. M.W.Heilbrun and Mr. J. Cardy to specialise in the manufacture of chlorinated rubber paints. Mr. E. Robinson resigned in 1948 and Mr. Heilbrun died in 1958.

In 1962, Allweather took over Agraphite Ltd., a company which also specialised in chlorinated rubber paint manufacture.

In 1968 Evode Holdings took over Allweather, and Allweather Evode Paints Ltd. came into being.

In 1970, Detel Paints were taken over. Detel had pioneered chlorinated rubber paints in the U.K.

The knowledge and experience gained by the fusion of Evode, Allweather, Agraphite and Detel in this specialised field provides a sound foundation for future progress.

Allweather Evode Paints Ltd. have gained a reputation as manufacturers of high duty specialised surface coatings for use where conventional paints are unable to perform satisfactorily, particularly in aggressive chemical, marine and industrial environments.

Allweather Evode are privileged to supply firms whose names constitute a pageant of British Industry and are approved suppliers to Government Departments, the Greater London Council, British Airports Authority, National Coal Board, C.E.G.B., U.K.A.E.A., Department of the Environment, etc. and a great number of Municipal Authorities.

Their first factory was a disused railway station at Goldsel Road, Swanley, Kent. The first employee was Mr. B.G. Puplett - now the Company's Works Director - at a new factory at Gillingham, which has been twice enlarged since Evode Holdings took over in 1968.


"Success is a series of mountains whose peaks get progressively-higher" (Lombard!).

The Financial Year 1977/78 saw Allweather Evode Paints Ltd. once more breaking all previous records with sales turnover increasing by 29.74% and earnings before tax increasing by 59.60%. The background to this achievement was a sales increase of 27.40% and an earnings increase of 35.45% the year before, so that in a period of so called "stagnation" the attitude we adopted of refusing to accept the word "depression" earned its due reward through a super team effort. And it was achieved by the same number of people - 72 in all.

A dedicated sales force with strong sales management and first class products backed by efficient production and technical service must succeed. And succeed we did.

But let us look back a year or so.

In 1963 we had an Annual Sales Target of £133100 and we had to sell an extra £12100 worth of paint in that year to hit our plan. We were not such sophisticated forward planners in those days and forgot (or were too ignorant) to plan any profit figure. However, in the event we turned over £136444.12.6d. (that's how money used to look in those far off days). Our nett profit was £10873.15.2d. for the year (even the profits were expressed in libra, solidus and denarius).

Perhaps we achieved this "remarkable" result through having taken over Agraphite Ltd. four years earlier. The takeover would appear to have had a phenominal impact. After all, we had now reached the dizzy heights of £100000 worth of sales a year!

Agraphite Ltd. was formed by a retired Air Commodore in 1947 with £20000 as startmng capital.

The purchase price for Agraphite was £1500 for the goodwill plus stock. The vendor told us later that we had been "conned" into paying him £1500 for the goodwill. He would have given us the whole s{iow just for buying the stock. Allweather Paints had been formed 1947 by the late Max Heilbrun, the late Eric Robinson and Jack Cardy with £250 each (borrowed) the latter having been a Sergeant in the R.A.F. He was pleased to have bought out the Air Commodore's CompanyBut the Air Commodore had conned the Sergeant for £1500 - and he hasn't been forgiven yet! The acquisition of Agraphite Ltd. had brought Freddie Kemp to us - our man in Scotland - the only person from Agraphite we took on. He was more than worth the £1500 'Signing on fee', anyway!

1964 - More progress with Increased Sales but less profit.

Jack Cardy met the late Dr. Simon when the latter invited him to Stafford. Jack Cardy told Dr. Simon he was selling his Thinners too cheaply! Dr. Simon was duly impressed and made up his mind to take over Allweather one day.

Bank rate 5%, under Maudling and 7% under Callaghan in the same year.

1965 - Increased Sales. Profits doubled.

Dr. Simon had his ear to the ground.
Mr. Golding's yearly turnover £33440.
Mr. Sinnott's " " £14633.
Mr. Wheatley's " " £17544.
Mr. Kemp's " " £  9929.
Bank rate - 6%.

1966 - Increased Sales. Profits very slightly down.

First takeover approach from Dr. Simon. Deal not consummated at eleventh hour through minority shareholder who wanted to wreck the deal. He succeeded.

Increased Sales. Increased profits. Bank rate up to 8$ under Callaghan. Gillingham Factory 10 years old.

Increased Sales. Increased profits. Dr. Simon on the trail again.

This time he succeeds and the marriage of Allweather Paints Ltd. and the Evode Surface Coatings Division takes place on 1.4.68. Name changed to Allweather Evode Paints Ltd. Trade surprised Allweather name placed first. Some think Allweather has taken over Evode. Not the case.

Mr. R. Macpherson and Mr. C. Golding appointed to Allweather Evode Board.

Allweather Evode 1968 prices when takeover complete :-

Evophoss Evo-Zin

Pitan Metal Conditioner



Hi-Temp. 89

Pitakote Standard

Evokote Pitch Epoxy Enamel


Pitaguard MIO

Hama Scraper


£3.19.0. per gl. £6.10.0. £2.10.0. £3. 6.0.

£3.14.0. £4.10.0. £4.19.6. £3.15.0. £3. 6.0. £2.15.0. £3. 3.0. each £1.10.0. per gl.

The Evode Takeover resulted in a dramatic increase

of sales and profits. Sales over £-J million for first time.

Licence Agreement with Asfaltex Spain now 10 years old.

Sales and profits increase. We acquired Detel Paints for £17500. Gold is 35.30 Dollars an ounce. Oregon, N.Z. Licence agreement signed.

Sales and profits increase.

Bank rate 5% under Barber.

Sales exceed £-§• million for first time.

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1972 - Sales and profits increase.

Gillingham win British Safety Council Safety Award, and proudly flew the Safety Council Flag,

Gold is 65.10 Dollars an ounce.

Mr. J. Cardy joins 25 Year Club. Mr. B.G. Puplett " " " "

Pitakote Hi-Build put on the range.

License Agreement with Alumanation, South Africa signed.

1973 - Sales and profits increase.

Mr. A. Hughes joins 25 Year Club. Gillingham win Safety Award for second year. 1st National Sales Conference.

197^ - Sales and profits increase.

Mr. T.G. Sinnott joins 25 Year Club. Mrs. E.A. Wells " " " "

Mr. M.D. Phillips becomes Company Secretary,

Mr, F.C.S. Kemp joins 25 Year Club.

Turkey Licence Agreement commenced.

Corporate Planning introduced.

1975 - Sales and profits increase.

Evoprime One appears on the range.

1976 - Sales and profits increase.

Sales exceed £1 million for first time. Management Committee formed.

Mr. M.H. Hunter joins as Manufacturing Manager. Mr. C. Golding joins 25 Year Club.

1977 - Sales and profits increase.

Mr. B.G. Puplett, Works Director leaves to buy General Store and Post Office.

Dr. B.S. Jackson appointed Technical Director of Allweather Evode Paints Ltd,

Mrs. E.A. Wells appointed Head of Laboratory Service.

±978 - Sales and profits increase, Sales exceed £1,6 million.

A respected member of the 25 Year Club and our Transport Manager at Gillingham,Mr. Doug, Girard,dies.

Basic rate 1

Gold hits over 200 Dollars an ounce.


Once more we plan to maintain our 12 year unbroken record of increased sales and profits. We are aiming for over £2000000 worth of sales this year.

We are expanding the sales force.

We shall introduce "Galvaguard" a one coat for newly produced galvanised steel.

We shall continue to major on epoxy and chlorinated rubber based paints for which there is an ever increasing market. Our philosophy is to continue to grow by increasing sales and profits each year, to strive for excellence in every department of the operation, to involve all employees in achieving success and to provide a healthy and stimulating environment for all of them.

1979 will see the inauguration of the Value Added Scheme, designed to ensure that all employees share in the additional profits generated by increased productivity.

Reproduced from a typewritten memorandum:
from Mr J Cardy to Mr BI Liss.
dated 8th June 1971