Friday, 19 December 2014

Continued demolition of ABC Wax

In October I showed you photos of the demolition work at the old ABC Wax dye works.

This is a more recent view from the café in Morrisons supermarket across the motorway.

Ashton Brothers built Newton Bank Printworks in Hyde in the early 1800s. In 1899 F.W.Ashton became part of the Calico Printers association (CPA). In 1908 the first wax prints (production Batiks using handblock) were produced. In 1959, CPA purchased the Swiss trading company A.Brunnschweiler, and in 1970 that became the company name replacing F.W.Ashton.

A.Brunnschweiler & Co was soon abbreviated to ABC which later became the brand name of its wax prints in West Africa. ABC was purchased by the Cha group in 1992. In 2005, production of the standard ABC product was transferred to another group factory in Ghana called Akosombo Textiles Ltd (ATL)

All production ceased at Newton bank printworks in December 2007 and all the necessary machinery was transferred to ATL in Ghana. The site was then decommissioned and cleaned up prior to demolition in 2014.

A full record of the demolition with photos and videos can be found on the Demolition of ABCWAX blog created by site manager David Bradley.

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  1. Such a very big site. What will go there now?

  2. Do you know what they are going to build on it? Looks like a rather big job..

    1. almost certainly housing - that is what usually happens with these sites

  3. Gutted, Had some good times there.

  4. Sad to see the print works as gone..It was my first job as a Apprentice Painter and Decorator..We painted the offices .can remember working off the roof at the front of the works.People had scratched their names and dates into the slates..we did the same..seems so long ago now.