Bye-Bye Bilston: Evoca Begins A New Era In Kingswinford

It’s Bye-Bye Bilston: Evoca UK has moved into a brand new, purpose built 40,000 square foot warehouse and distribution centre in a prime location on Pensnett Trading Estate in Kingswinford.

After 65 years at the same premises, the company has finally said Bye-Bye Bilston.

Bye-Bye Bilston
Hervé Donneaud

Evoca UK can trace its roots back to the 1850s, when Joseph Sankey became a partner in a business making stamped tinplate trays, The company grew and diversified and in the inter-war years, Sankey’s became part of GKN. In the 1960s the business – now known as GKN Sankey – became a manufacturer of vending machines and today’s business was born. The 1990s and early 2000s saw more changes. The company merged with Wittenborg and later Necta, becoming known as N&W Global Vending, prior to adopting the Evoca name in 2017.

The new premises at Kingwinsford have been specifically designed to facilitate the light manufacturing operations in which the company is currently engaged, as Hervé Donneaud, UK Managing Director of Evoca explained: “Evoca is recognised as a major international player in all sectors of the coffee machines market”, he said. “Our re-location from traditional factory premises to a contemporary environment will allow us to enhance customer service and improve efficiency by streamlining our working methods and providing better access for inbound and outbound transport.”

Bye-Bye Bilston

“The move will also help us to achieve our growth objectives by enabling us to capitalise on the boom that the Out Of Home coffee sector is experiencing currently. At the core of our new premises is a modern, stylish showroom which we believe will be be crucial to our future, because it effectively captures the sense of theatre that is incumbent in today’s coffee experience. In this custom-built space, the features and benefits of our machines can be demonstrated to their fullest extent. Simply put, the move will enable us to be more customer-centric and build on the success of a simple and robust concept: customer first.

“There are many fond memories associated with the Bilston factory, which have become part of our corporate DNA”, Hervé said, “but we felt that the time was right to give the company, its brands and its people a new lease of life in a new and exciting environment.”

So it may be Bye-Bye Bilston, but it’s  ‘hello’ to a new chapter in the history of Evoca UK

You can read more on Evoca Group HERE



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