Company history of Belzona

Established in Elland, West Yorkshire England in 1952 by specializing in the flame spraying of steel with zinc to provide corrosion protection, Belzona has become a leader in providing industrial protective coatings and repair composites.

Belzona Timeline | 1952 - 2012
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Northern Metalife Ltd was founded in Elland, Yorkshire, UK by Mr Jorgen Svendsen. Specializing in corrosion protection using flame spray methods, this quickly lead to the development of zinc based primers.

1952

In 1960 the Belzona Company was formed specifically to market the range of metal repair products and as a result Belzona Metal was finally born, the predecessor to our now popular bestseller Belzona 1111 (Super Metal).

1960

From the newly opened office in Copenhagen, Denmark, the company began appointment of a European International Distributor Network to market Belzona products.

1961

In 1970 Belzona began the appointment of independent Distributors in South America and Asia from the office in Bermuda. Following on from this, the expansion of sales continued into North America.

1970

1979 saw the launch of the distinctive packaging affectionately named ‘The Module'. The Base of Belzona products are generally sold in the orange module and the Solidifier in the black one.

1979

Full Belzona Logo

The Belzona logo was introduced.

1988

Belzona's Miami Office was opened following the transfer from the Uniodale, New York Headquarters.

1990

1991 saw the introduction of "Belzona Know-How" which focused on collecting and sharing Belzona's vast knowledge in the use of molecular compounds for repair, reclamation and renovation of machinery, equipment, buildings and structures.

1991

1992 saw the grand opening of the present day Belzona Technology Center which coincided with the company's 40th anniversary. The Belzona Group moved to their state of the art Belzona Technology Center in Harrogate which is now the present location.

1992

Belzona took a major step forward with the development of high temperature coatings for erosion-corrosion resistance.

1995

Belzona.com in 1996

The first version of Belzona.com was launched.

1996

Belzona Heat Activated Corrosion under Insulation products were created.

2001

Belzona Technosol Limited provides an application, supervision and inspection service to its customers.
www.technosol.co.uk

2004

Belzona Logo

In 2008, the Belzona brand identity evolved to incorporate the ‘Repair, Protect, Improve' tagline which is now used globally.

2008

In 2009, Belzona expanded to open offices in Canada and Hong Kong.

2009

Belzona demonstrates the adhesive and mechanical strength of Belzona 1251 (Heat Activated Metal) by suspending a 2000 Kg sports car above another using just a 254 micron coat of Belzona 1251 (Heat Activated Metal) applied to a 7.62 cm diameter surface joint.

2010

Belzona 60th Anniversary Logo

Belzona celebrates its 60th Anniversary!

2012

In 2014, Ron Campbell was appointed Managing Director

2014

History of Belzona

Originally named 'Northern Metalife Limited', Belzona was founded in 1952 by Danish entrepreneur Jorgen Svendsen (1921-1999).

The company, established in Elland, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom, specialised in the flame spraying of steel with zinc to provide corrosion protection.

In 1957 the company moved to Harrogate, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, where it pioneered the development of innovative polymer technology that has revolutionised the ways in which repair and maintenance procedures are carried out within industrial and commercial facilities, with substantial investment in research and development and manufacturing.

In the 1960's, the Belzona company was formed specifically to market a range of metal repair products. As a result, Belzona Metal was born, the predecessor to our now popular bestseller Belzona 1111 (Super Metal).

By 1961, from a newly opened office in Copenhagen, Denmark, the company began the appointment of a European Distributor Network.

In 1970, Belzona became a global distributor. Jorgen began the appointment of independent distributors from South America and Asia. This expansion of sales continued into North America, where a state of the art office and manufacturing, research facility was built in New York in 1975.

The original Metalife-Belzona Liquid Metal

1979 saw the launch of the distinctive packaging affectionately named ‘The Module'. The Base of Belzona products are generally sold in the orange module and the Solidifier in the black one.

The 1980's was a decade of expansion for Belzona, with the official opening of the ‘Belzona Institute of Applied Molecular Technology' in 1982 and significant developments in consolidation, sales literature and product development to exceed the ever-increasing industry demands.

In the 1990's, Belzona moved into the new Belzona Technology Centre facilities in Harrogate, UK, which were officially opened on 4th July 1992.

In addition, Belzona's Miami office was opened following the transfer from its original New York headquarters.

By 1994, Belzona took a major step forward with the development of high temperature coatings for erosion and corrosion resistance.

In 2002, Belzona launched Belzona Technosol Limited to provide the UK market with expert application services of Belzona materials

Joel Svendsen, the son of Jorgen, took over the company in 2003. Joel, like his father is a keen entrepreneur with a strong business drive. Under his leadership, Belzona is now a truly international organisation, with the Belzona family spirit growing ever stronger.

In 2005, as part of Belzona's mission to encourage strong and steady growth among its distributorships and to enhance our market potential and visibility within the Asia Pacific region, Belzona opened a workshop and training facility in Pattaya, Thailand.

In early 2005, to increase our coverage and profitability in the productive region of Canada, Belzona opened another corporate office in Toronto.

On Monday 23rd July 2008, Belzona held a ‘Ground Breaking Ceremony' to celebrate a £3,500,000 investment to expand the existing state of the art facility at our Harrogate based Headquarters.

Belzona car lift stunt

In January 2010, Belzona demonstrated the outstanding performance of Belzona 1251 (HA-Metal) by suspending a Mercedes SL500 AMG above a Mercedes S320 LCDI.

The material was applied to a connecting joint only 75mm in diameter and cured immediately prior to the lift. With the Mercedes weighing over 2.2 tones and a minimal amount of adhesive, it demonstrated that the Belzona 1251 (HA-Metal) is able to carry over 1.8 million times its own weight.

In an effort to develop global application standards, in 2011 Belzona introduced its ‘Validated Training Programme' designed to provide distributors and contractors with the training and know-how to consistently perform top class applications.

2012 was the year in which Belzona celebrated its 60th anniversary.

On 14th February, Belzona turned 60 and to acknowledge this achievement hosted various events throughout the year.

The Module

In 2014, Ron Campbell was appointed Managing Director after having previously held the position of Senior Vice President. Ron has over 30 years' experience in influencing the development and specification of coatings and composites for repair and prevention of problems caused by the effects of corrosion and erosion. He joined Belzona Polymerics Ltd in 1982 in the role of Technical Services Engineer. His deep interest in coatings and composites and understanding of the industry's needs has influenced the development of new materials and application methodology, allowing Ron to subsequently progress to managerial and directorial positions.

2014 has been a year of product innovation. Continued investment and commitment to research and development has resulted in the introduction of a variety of products being brought to the global market. Firstly the next generation of internal linings for high temperature equipment operating under immersion. Belzona 1523 and Belzona 1593 are high temperature epoxy coatings that surpass the existing technology available in the market by providing outstanding corrosion and chemical resistance, and its cold curing mechanism allows for full in service cure, reducing the downtime.

Secondly a new peelable coating concept has been formulated specifically for the protection of flanges, fastenings and associated pipework. This system is a combination of two products: a tough flexible encapsulating topcoat Belzona 3411 (Encapsulating Membrane) and a corrosion inhibitor, Belzona 8411, which also has release properties allowing the top coat to be peelable.

Finally, the launch of Belzona 7111 (Industrial Grade) and Belzona 7111 (Marine Grade), the flagship products in the new 7000 series. These superior pouring choking, backing and levelling compounds are designed to repair damaged foundations to support and maintain precise alignment under machinery, ensuring effective bearing underneath, where performance and operating reliability are crucial.

Continuing to develop market driven solutions to meet the consistent demand of industry and commerce, Belzona now have offices in Europe, North America and Asia. With a global Distribution network of over 140 distributors in more than 120 countries, we are thrilled to celebrate over 60 years of success and look forward to a bright and expansive future.

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