Simon Carves was formed in 1878, when Henry Simon partnered with François Carves to implement Carves’ new design coke ovens. In 1896 the business became incorporated, and grew rapidly by building over 200 coal washeries across the British Empire and beyond.
The outbreak of the First World War in 1914 led to a strong demand of Sulfuric Acid, which prompted Simon Carves to undertake several contracts to provide a high-grade designing and contracting service to various clients. These contracts were completed with sufficient success for justify the continuance of the department, and in time Simon Carves went on to deliver over 350 sulfuric acid plants worldwide.
In the 1950’s, as part of a consortium, Simon Carves delivered some of the world’s first Magnox Nuclear facilities; including Hunterson A in Scotland and Tokai Nuclear Power Plant – Tokai I in Japan. Since then Simon Carves has continually worked in the UK nuclear industry, pioneering the use of PDMS 3D modelling for projects of this nature.
In 1965 Simon Carves built their first Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) plant in Sasolburg, South Africa for AECI. The plant produced 35,000 tonnes per year of LDPE and was built using ICI autoclave technology. Polyethylene had been discovered in 1933 in Northwhich, Cheshire – only 25 miles from Simon Carves head office. Since then, Simon Carves has been responsible for building more than 70 LDPE plants, and is recognized as the world leader for the design of high-pressure polyethylene facilities worldwide.
1986 saw an expansion of Simon Carves’ Process Engineering division into the design of Pharmaceutical Plants when we were commissioned to produce a Special Tablet Facility for ICI Pharmaceuticals (now AstraZeneca), in Macclesfield, UK. Over the next two decades Simon Carves maintained an almost-constant presence in the pharmaceutical sector; continually developing skills and expertise in accordance with the latest technology and process requirements within the industry.
Through the 1990s and 2000s, the company underwent a number of changes in ownership, until our acquisition by ECI in 2016.