The Sevalco plant in Avonmouth, Bristol, specialised in producing carbon black. Carbon black is most commonly used in the production of rubber in tyres. The site began production in 1951 and stretches across 20 arces. The recent downturn in car production and sales resulted in the plant stopping production at the end of 2008 with the loss of 88 jobs.


  • Michael, April 19, 2022 @ 17:43

    I worked in the fitters shop in 1973, hated the place. Still have carbon black under the skin of my hand in 2022. Sad to see that like most of the industry in Bristol it’s been pulled down

  • johnlodge47, December 3, 2020 @ 18:39

    I worked at Sevalco for a year in the mid-1970s. It was an extraordinarily dirty environment and all of us workers looked like coal miners at the end of a day’s shift. Like miners we showered at the end of each day, handed in our dirty clothes to be laundered and then picked up a fresh set the following day. The carbon black still managed somehow to get into the pores of the skin and played havoc with my shirt collars! There was a lively crowd of lads working there at the time, mostly from Shirehampton and the surrounds. Despite the camaraderie, I wonder how many of those lads regret Sevalco’s passing? I bet their wives are pleased!

  • tumbles, November 19, 2010 @ 08:09

    It’s been demolished.

  • MAX, November 18, 2010 @ 17:42

    Hey brilliant pictures. Was wondering if anybody knew any contact details for this place as I’d like to use it as a film locations. Any idea who I could contact about that? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  • andrea p, August 18, 2010 @ 20:16

    my dad worked here for a while when he was young drove past it yesterday funnily enough – great to see pix of it

  • Nick B, September 1, 2009 @ 23:34

    Amazing pics mate, thanks for putting them up!

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