A business changing opportunity arrived in 1970, not for plant and chemicals but for sub-contract processing services. The confectionery company Cadbury were experiencing problems with chocolate bars sticking to the stainless steel chocolate moulds and requested a series of mould surface treatment trials with Anopol.
Cadbury was so impressed with the outcome of the electropolishing trials on the chocolate moulds that they placed an order for processing 20,000 moulds. This order was to be the fore-runner of Anopol’s venture into sub-contract electropolishing of stainless steels.
As the demand for sub-contract services continued to grow Anopol Limited purchased two new facilities in the Digbeth area of Central Birmingham.
In 1985 John and Brian Swain negotiated a management buyout from the company’s European owners and as an independent corporate entity Anopol grew and become established in many industries and markets.
In 1994 a majority stake was acquired in an electropolishing company, Stainless & Allied Services Limited (SAS) of Bordon Hampshire to extend services to customers in the South of England. Leading industry and technical experts were recruited to head up the southern operation.
This company, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Anopol, and operating as Anopol (South), relocated to a much larger and specialised facility in October 2004.
In 2013 the Managing Director lead a management buy-out of the Anopol Group of Companies. The management buy-out was focused on a seamless transition whilst securing the technical knowledge and experience of those critical to providing the highest levels of stainless steel surface treatment to our customers. John and Brian Swain remain on the board of directors, supporting the business with their knowledge and experience.
Anopol continually seek new innovative opportunities to extend our contribution to the customers, industries and markets we serve.