The origin of the company, in 1932, was as a producer of shoe polish. In the following pre-war years the growth of the Company - Spic & Span show Polishes Ltd., was precarious and existence was a struggle.

With the arrival of Dr Hermann Simon, in 1938, who joined the Company as Chief Chemist, the production of many new products commenced. Starting with building chemicals, paints, bituminous products the range rapidly increased but the product which became known the world over was ‘Evo-Stik Adhesive’.