This year marks a century since Evans Vanodine started developing and manufacturing products for the Animal health industry. Over the past 100 years, the company has grown from one small laboratory and an office to become a world leader in the industrial, Biosecurity and livestock protection sectors.

Established in 1919 by William Charles Evans, under the title of W.C. Evans in Salford, Manchester, the business initially began producing spraying essences for cinemas, under the name ‘Cinezol’ (since renamed ‘Florazol’).

The company then branched out into manufacturing disinfectants, liquid soaps and various types of powders and the 1930s saw Evans secure its first export order, a 45-gallon drum of ‘Camphex’ disinfectant, dispatched to the USA following an exhibition at a Manchester dog show. In the1940s, Evans turned its expertise to preventing air crashes, by developing a jet turbine take-off fluid for the US Air Force.

In the 1950s the company introduced its first iodine disinfectant, ‘Vanodine’. This was followed by ‘FAM’, developed by the founder’s son, our current Chairman Derek Evans, to combat a foot and mouth outbreak in 1967, which heralded the beginning of our livestock protection division. Due to the success of ‘FAM’ (now FAM 30), Derek appeared on the BBC and the product was even discussed in the UK Parliament

Further success came in the 1960s, when Evans disinfectant was not only used by the British Team at the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games, but also used to protect the public, when moon dust went on show in Manchester, brought back from the 1969 moon landing.

Evans continued the development of its animal health disinfectant range with the launch of GPC8 in 1978, the worlds first formulated and patented Gluteraldehyde disinfectant and Evans increased its grip on the UK diary industry with the innovative Masodine teat disinfectants, manufactured under a Veterinary medicines licence.

In 1981, Evans moved to its current premises at Walton Summit, near Preston. This factory has been significantly extended and modernised in the subsequent years and now boasts a state of the art robotic processing and packing plant..
Since that time Evans export business has expanded further and now services Poultry Pig and Dairy customers in 89 countries through 4 overseas licence manufacture factories as well as the main UK Preston plant. Evans Vanodine products are recognisable throughout the world and are the industry benchmarks in terms of protection, performance and reliability for livestock producers.

As for the Evans family, William’s legacy is continuing thanks to the fifth generation of Evans, who are now working for the company and ready to carry the business through the 21st century and the next one-hundred years of W.C. Evans & Co.

Evans would like to thank all our customers, suppliers, friends and staff, past and present, for their support over the years. Here’s to the next century!

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