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Winstone's Rollers and Bottcher U.K. Ebbw Vale, history and background
0.003 Cubic Metres
General Physical Description note
Books; CDROMS; memory stick.
Language of Materials note
English and German.

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Biographical/Historical note

The firm of Bottcher was founded in 1878 in Leipzig, Germany, by Felix Bottcher. In 1910 a collaboration was formed between Bottcher and another firm of roller printer manufacturers run by Willhelm Loosen. The latter firm had originated in a tanning workshop in 1725.

Bottcher's presence in Great Britain began with a long-standing partnership with Winstones's Ltd, a firm based in Harefield. In 1973, Bottcher bought the Winstone's business and began roller production at this site. A second factory opened at Cwm Draw, Ebbw Vale, in 1975. The Ebbw Vale factory was created for the production of industrial rollers, and printing rollers, which were produced at the site in Harefield.

When it first opened, Bottcher Uk Ebbw Vale employed 42 staff. Its most successful period was in the late 1980s and the factory provided work in administration and sales as well as in manufacturing, at one time employing over 140 staff. Most of the staff were ex-British Steel personnel.

The factory enjoyed varying fortunes over the years, being badly affected by successive recessions. In 2012, a major decline in demand from British Steel and the printing press industry brought about the closure of the Ebbw Vale plant.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

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Appraisal note

All records have been retained.

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Other Finding Aids note

Hard copies of finding aids are available at Gwent Archives.

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Collection Inventory

Printed Books   0.003 Cubic Metres

 D6053/1 Service Life of Printing Rollers: Reasons for and effects of defective roller covers, by Dr Timm Gudehus Jan 1989   0.001 Cubic Metres

Biographical/Historical note

Technical Information, published by Bottcher GmbH & Co, 1989.

 D6053/2 Bottcher 1725-2000: The History of a Family Enterprise, published by Bottcher GmbH & Co; Cologne. 2000   0.001 Cubic Metres

 D6053/3 The World of Bottcher: What you always wanted to know about rollers, blankets and chemicals! c. 1990   0.001 Cubic Metres

Biographical/Historical note

Published by Bottcher GmbH & Co.

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 D6053/4-6 Other Media c. 1990-c.2012   0.002 Cubic Metres

Scope and Contents note


History of Bottcher UK; history of directors at Bottcher UK Ebbw Vale; copy of article from "Steel News;" photographs of Bottcher factory and of Ebbw Vale.

 D6053/4-5 CDROMS c. 1989   0.002 Cubic Metres

 D6053/4 The World of Bottcher: What you always wanted to know about rollers, blankets and chemicals! c. 1989   0.001 Cubic Metres

 d6053/5 Bottcher, A Short Portrait Feb 2007   0.001 Cubic Metres

 D6053/6 Memory Stick c. 2012   0.001 Cubic Metres

Scope and Contents note

The files are as follows: “Bottcher U.K: A Brief History.”

Notes covering the history of the company, from the acquisition of the Winstones factory in Middlesex by Felix Boetcher Koln until the closure of the Ebbw Vale plant in 2012.

Also original documents including advertisement for the company and directions for ordering rollers.

“Bottcher U.K: Directors’ History.”

List of directors of Winstones Rollers & Boetcher UK, with estimated dates in office.

Copy of article re factory opening in Steel News.

“Bottcher U.K: Picture Archive.”

Photographs (Jpegs):

“Bottcher U.K. Archive 27/4/2012”: photographs of factory interior

“Demise of Ebbw Vale Plant” (showing demolition).

Photographs of Ebbw Vale, including General Offices, 2012.

Photographs of roller re-covering.

References (?used for history above)

To written histories of Bottcher.

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