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Celebrating a century of cleaning and hygiene

Published 20th February, 2019 by Neil Nixon

Celebrating a century of cleaning and hygiene

This year marks a century since Evans Vanodine started developing and manufacturing products for the cleaning and hygiene industry. Over the past 100 years, the company has grown from one small laboratory and an office to become a leader in the industrial, janitorial, food process, and animal health sectors.

Established in 1919 by William Charles Evans under the name of W.C. Evans in Salford, Manchester, the business initially began producing spraying essences for cinemas. The company then branched out into manufacturing disinfectants, liquid soaps and various types of powders. The 1930s saw Evans secure its first export order and in the 1940s Evans even turned its expertise to preventing air accidents by developing a jet turbine take-off fluid for the US Air Force. Further success came in the 1960s when Evans disinfectant was used by the British team at the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games. An integral component of the company has always been chemical research and development since Evans founder, William, and his son Derek, the current chairman, both set out as chemists. Their vision was for Evans to develop its own products rather than rely on others to determine the quality of goods. This is a value the company still holds true today, with all the in-house laboratories having been rebuilt and expanded to mark its centenary year.

One of the many other ways Evans is marking its centenary is by returning to the Cleaning Show after an absence of many years. Evans stand at the show will be focusing on its expanding range of dosing systems and chemicals, including its latest range of dosing units for the e:dose super concentrate range. These units ensure accurate, simplified and economical chemical dosing, as well as enabling a reduction in plastic packaging waste. The range is geared towards the catering, housekeeping and facilities management markets.

Evans will also be showcasing its new skincare boards, which give guidance on best practice for hand hygiene. They have been designed for use with the Evans Evolve dispensers and cartridges, for critical and non-critical areas in healthcare, schools and general industry, as a visual reminder to clean your hands.Also on hand at the show, offering scientific expertise, will be Evans chief microbiologist and research and development chemist, giving visitors the opportunity to find out about the latest innovations and how to get the most out of its cleaning products.

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