Engelhard Factory - Cinderford - June 2020
Engelhard was a company that worked in refining Platinum and gold, and went on to create the first catalytic converter. Engelhard purchased the biscuit factory in Valley Road in 1962 to refine precious metals and produce industrial chemicals, catalysts, inks, and paints; it employed 430 people in 1984. Later the workforce at Engelhard’s factory fell as its operations were gradually transferred elsewhere and in 1992 it numbered 67, including those engaged in refining and in providing sales and technical services. In 2006 Engelhard was sold to BASF for $5billion.
The specific building was put out of use in the early early 2000s (Somewhere between 2000-2005). Some of the outbuildings were demolished and it fell into disrepair.
It looks like the Supermarket Somerfield used it for a short period as one level is rammed full of Somerfields storage cages.
Engelhard (now under BASF) still exists at at much newer site round the corner from this site working in the recovery of precious metals from spent automotive catalytic converters.