Company History


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Barley Chalu was founded in 1967 by Terry Chalu and Terry Barley. The company began operating from small premises in Norwich, Norfolk, applying wet 'stove enamel' coatings to steel components, wheels and parts primarily for Lotus Cars, their former employer.

In 1970 Barley Chalu moved to larger premises in Wymondham, Norfolk and started to specialise in quality pre-treatment and stove enamelling of aluminium, mainly for the window industry, both prime and replacement. Soon after, Terry Barley left to pursue other interests.

1978 saw the company move to its present custom built factory on Ayton Road, Wymondham. Growth in demand led to this factory being extended in 1980. Powder coating was introduced in 1983, in a further purpose built factory, mainly coating white home improvement products, followed by additional new powder coating lines in 1984 and 1988, to colour coat aluminium for the architectural market.

1996/97 saw investment in plant and machinery, with Barley Chalu spending half a million pounds on a new pre-treatment system and one complete powder line (replacing two smaller ones).

In 2002 Barley Chalu invested in two new Aluroller polyamide lines to service a growing trend for polyamide thermal break in the fenestration market, ultimately replacing the existing 'pour and cut' method due to ever tightening government legislation.

In 2004 investment was made in a state of the art, Gema 12 digital gun powder plant, incorporated in its own clean room facility to further improve the quality and efficiency and to keep us at the forefront of polyester powder coating in the UK and Europe.

Its commitment to quality saw the company being registered to ISO 9001:2008, comply with BS 6496:1984 BS EN 12206-1:2004 and hold the Qualicoat with Seaside Endorsement (Licence No. 1001), the premier European coating standard in 1997, ensuring that Barley Chalu's reputation as market leader is maintained in the industry.

With Terry Chalu's retirement in 2007 came a new development in the company's history, as five employees undertook a management buy-out and have remained as directors and shareholders.