The company has been innovating since the 1920s when it started making UV lamps for treating skin conditions
Hanovia, a world leader in UV disinfection for applications as diverse as food and beverage processing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, brewing, electronics and fish farms, is celebrating 90 years in business.
From the early days when it made UV lamps for treating skin conditions to today’s high-tech UV water treatment systems, Hanovia, based in Slough, Berkshire, has always been at the forefront of UV science and the company says age is no barrier to innovation.
The company hosted a birthday celebration at its headquarters on 3 November, which was attended by the Mayor of Slough, Shafiq Chaudhry, the Leader of Slough Borough Council, Rob Anderson, representatives from SEGRO (which runs Slough Trading Estate), journalists and former Hanovia employees.
After a brief talk by John Ryan, Hanovia’s Managing Director, about Hanovia’s long history – and looking ahead to the next 10 years – visitors had a short factory tour, followed by a cake-cutting ceremony and lunch.
Sir William Herschel first discovered ‘invisible radiation’ (infra-red rays) in Slough in 1880 and this led to Johann Wilhelm Ritter’s discovery of ultraviolet radiation in Germany a year later.
Hanovia’s history goes back to the early 1920s, when it started manufacturing UV lamps for medical treatment. ‘Actinotherapy’ or ‘artificial sunlight’ gained popularity after it was found that it cured rickets and helped in the healing of wounds. From then on, no hospital could afford to be without UV equipment. Hanovia was also one of the innovators of air disinfection using UV.From those early days, Hanovia has evolved into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of UV lamps and systems for water disinfection in the industrial, leisure, building, aquaculture and shipping industries.
L to R : John Ryan, Hanovia’s Managing Director, Shafiq Chaudhry, the Mayor of Slough, Gunvinder Bhogal, Hanovia’s Marketing Manager and Rob Anderson, Leader of Slough Borough Council, during the factory tour