Colin started working life in the horticultural industry in Banks to the north of Southport, the village where he lived.
As life progressed horticulture was struggling to pay the bills.
So from 1987 to 2003, he worked for Philips, the electronics company who had a factory on the outskirts of Southport in Crossens.
The plant, which was on one end of the factory site towards the old railway bridge, produced a metal powder that was pressed into shapes that were fired in kilns to produce magnets to fit around the tube in a t v.
The basic process of the powder plant was to mix metal powders together, roll them up into little balls, fire them through a rotary kiln at about 1200C, this was known as the “Dry Process”
The balls where then allowed to cool before being ground down in a ball mill with water in them to form a slurry, “Milling”
A liquid binder was added to the slurry and it was spray dried to form the finished powder which was either used on in the factory at Crossens or exported to such places as Taiwan.
He worked in the powder plant from 1987 to 1992 as an operator, a couple of years making magnets then from April 1994 until the powder plant closed in December 2003 he was a group or shift leader in the powder plant.
The powder plant was the last part of the Philips operation on the site, though there where a few other firms in parts of the old Mullards factory that kept going a bit longer before the whole place was demolished and cleared and is now being redeveloped as a housing estate.
As it is coming up to the day 20 years ago when there was a meeting in the works canteen to say that the plant would be closing just before Christmas in 2003 it seems to be a appropriate time to put these few words together along with some pictures from around the plant for anyone who may be interested in what went on the site.
These pictures are in no particular order, mainly as I find them and scan them in.
This is the view most people would have seen of the powder plant, Two Spray dryer stacks of the Powder plant at the Philips, the old Mullard’s factory in Crossens near Southport.
Image Cw 8296 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations
A Elino kiln is removed from the Powder plant at the Philips, the old Mullard’s factory in Crossens near Southport.
This kiln is being removed by specialist contractors to make way for a new spray drier.
To the right of this picture are the big yellow silo’s that the raw materials were stored in, of iron oxide, zinc, manganese which arrived on to the site either in bulk bag, tankers or containers.
Part of the Powder plant in the Phillips, the old Mullard’s factory in Crossens near Southport.
This view is off the bottom of no 2 spray dryer. The slurry was pumped into a heated vessel that dried the slurry into a powder which dropped out of the vessel over a sieve and into a steel hopper.