Kernow Coatings Timeline

2015

A year of major changes, following on from our 40th anniversary, we undergo a whole new rebranding along with a completely new website

We have our biggest ever presence at FESPA, highlighting our specialist Latex and Solvent Media

We start a long term plan of investments, highlighted on our new Investments page of the website

2014

We celebrated our 40th anniversary with a large dinner and dance for all our staff and former directors at a local hotel

Our 4th generation HydroPrint chemistry with high alcohol and cleaning solution resistance is introduced

The HydroPrint trademark is registered in the USA

Bosy Colak is appointed group Sales Director

Our research lab underwent a large expansion to make way for new pilot coaters

2012

Kernow Coatings gains British Standards certification for its HydroPrint marine immersible pressure sensitive label product

Research and Development expands with a new environmentally controlled test suite

Kernow Coatings now has 100 full time staff

2010

Kevin Boyes appointed Operations Director, Phil Bartlett becomes Technical Director.

Kernow North America Inc is incorporated and begins to trade

HydroPrint 3rd generation products with high salt water resistance are introduced

HydroSol 205STLR, our Satin Textured Lightblock with 30% ore-cycled PET wins the SGIA product of the year

2008

HydroPrint success continues with 2nd generation chemistry with a new conductive core

A new Elite slitter aids our growth

HydroSol STL is launched, a market leading banner film which eliminates the need to laminate

2006

International growth continues with the start of operations in North America

The HydroPrint range quickly expands with clear, translucent, and coloured films being developed

A new Pemco sheeter helps us keep up to speed with the extra workflow

2004

Kernow Research develops a new generation of toner receptive surfaces for a major OEM

HydroSol launches, creating a new range of aqueous coated films for solvent inkjet

Large format inkjet evolves with new hardware running solvent based inks, for improved outdoor durability

2002

Sensitisers International Ltd begins to trade under the name Kernow Coatings Ltd. Sensitiser Research relocates.  New Research facility established in Penryn. A new coating machine is constructed enabling faster output of aqueous coated products and the ability to coat and laminate to 1600mm widths. Our first product for UV Inkjet printing is launched.

2000

A new product range of papers and films specifically for desktop inkjet printers is launched.

In-line heat-stabilisation commences on one of our coating lines.

Our wide format inkjet profile expands with new “Stoplight” roll-up and pop-up banner films and floor graphics for exhibition displays and promotion.

1998

Sensitisers Group Ltd is incorporated and becomes the holding company for the group

Peter Newell is appointed Finance Director, James Greenwood becomes Business Development Director, and Mike Bond is appointed Operations Director

Sensitisers celebrates its 25th Anniversay

1996

Another exciting development in business-manufacturing of Inkjet Gloss and Satin papers for full colour graphics commences

A further coating machine is constructed to cope with the level of work being introduced

Our unique Window Cling adhesive is developed

1994

K Color logo is registered

The small format laser printing market gathers pace

Our first generation laser printable film is launched, “HydroCopy White”

1992

Sensitisers Research develop new receptive surfaces, designed to absorb inks jetted from the new breed of Inkjet poltters.

“Kernow DesignJet” translucent films are introduced.

1990

Sensitisers makes a key strategic decision to start transitioning its formula book to aqueous chemistry-the company launches its first water based coated product, “Kernowplot”

Another coating machine is constructed

1988

Changing times…

Nick Hale is appointed Finance Director and Clive Blockley is appointed Sales and Marketing Director

In recognition of its growing export business, Sensitisers Western Ltd changes its name to Sensitisers International Ltd

1986

We made our first brave venture out of reprographics and into studio light filters.

“Stabildraft”, heat-stabilised translucent polyester films for large format Xerography launched.

We established our own logistics fleet named TDS.

1984

Sensitisers Research Ltd is established

Purchase of Deepcut Property

Production of high density Diazo Phototool films for printed circuit board manufacture commenced

1982

Sensitisers starts manufacturing translucent films, designed to rapidly dry plotting inks without skips or nib clogging

Our first laminating machine is constructed

Another unit is built to house the expansion

1980

Kernow Coatings Ltd is incorporated and begins to trade in the conversion of mill reels

Diazo Redline and Blackline aluminised speciality films and cardstock introduced

In 1981 the company has 50 full time employees, demonstrating incredible growth.  This expansion requires another building to be purchased

1978

Our product Sepialine LP (lightproof) set a new standard and we gained great recognition. These products were characterized by their excellent line definition and visual density, with industry leading background cleanliness, resisting oxidation & light discolouration.

With such qualities, Sensitisers diazo films performed better than the originals they were imaged from. A second coating machine was constructed, and we still only employed 10 full time staff.

1976

Our first products were Drafting Film, Sepialine Diazo Tracing Paper, Double Matt Sepialine Diazo & Double Matt Blackline Diazo. Although we only had one coating machine, demand for work was high and more buildings were quickly constructed to cope with the quick growth.

1974

In the beginning…

Sensitisers (Western) Ltd was incorporated in 1973. We began trading in the coating of mill reels in 1974.

The founding directors were Peter Readings, Jack Stevens, Brendon Bartlett and Robin Taylor.