A worldwide company operating in every major market, Whitford makes the largest and most complete line of high-performance fluoropolymer and ceramic coatings in the world. Founded in 1969, Whitford Corporation has developed and grown to become the global success that it is today. Maintaining its family grounding, approach, and relationships with its employees, customers, suppliers and everyone we come in contact with is just one of the areas that set Whitford apart from its competitors. Read on to find out more about the Whitford history and how it all started.
The Whitford Story – Where it all began
Two friends and former classmates had worked together for several years, until three days before Christmas they were suddenly fired. One long lunch later they had decided to start their own business. No clients, no products to sell, but harboring a dream, positivity and a determination rarely seen today, they made their dream a reality. Born from this dream Whitford Worldwide is a company now selling in more than 100 countries with production and sales facilities around the world. Whitford did not have a standard start, a point that remains fitting as Whitford is like no other company.
Soon after the two founders of Whitford Corporation opened for business, they hired a third friend and former classmate, who was equally entrepreneurial in nature. As a project he was working on in the United States came to an end, he returned to England, his home country. Six months later, he opened Whitford Plastics Ltd. in Runcorn, Cheshire.
From the start, Whitford has had a global approach to its business, a perspective that has been key to the success that it has experienced since.
Whitford’s First Product: Xylan 1010®
Created in March 1969, Xylan 1010 is a matrix coating based on an alloy of engineered polymers. The first sale, a total of five gallons, was made to Xomox Corporation for use on valve actuators. Xylan 1010 was designed specifically to solve two problems:
- To provide a tough, very low-friction film that could withstand the constant wiping of a rubber seal
- To be capable of being cured at temperatures sufficiently low enough to avoid distorting or blistering the aluminium casting of the actuator housing
It worked. Still going strong, Xylan 1010 remains one of our most popular products today and has developed into the Xylan range of coatings all designed to meet specific purposes and to solve individual problems.