Our history

Family owned, with offices and factory operating on the same farmland, since 1952 – three times awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise: International Trade

Alvan B. Blanch OBE
Grain farmer, Alvan Blanch, established the production facility to explore his innovative approach to grain drying and processing – starting with the cascade drier.

Alvan B Blanch OBE
Alvan Blanch History - First Drawing of the unique drying system

Company founder Alvan B. Blanch, farmer, agricultural contractor and self-taught engineer, develops his first grain drier.

Alvan Blanch Development Co. Ltd is founded to focus on ‘development’ of innovative products to meet the new challenges in agriculture.

Blanch of Crudwell Stand Royal Agricultural Show 1948
Alvan Blanch Cascade Driers Being Loaded at Chelworth

A new factory is built.

The Royal Warrant is awarded, as suppliers of
grain driers to HM the Queen.

Royal Warrant Grain Driers 1964
Alvan B Blanch Testing Alvan Blanch Thresher in Mali

Alvan Blanch starts travelling worldwide, noting the importance of matching machinery to local agricultural traditions and conditions.

Alvan Blanch receives OBE from HM the Queen for services to international trade.

Alvan B Blanch OBE Diploma
Alvan Blanch Factory 70s

The factory is expanded; now exporting to 100 countries worldwide.

The end of an era with the passing of Alvan B. Blanch OBE. Andrew Blanch becomes
Managing Director.

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QA ENTERPRISE 2005

The company is honoured by Queen’s Award for success in International Trade.

Christabel Blanch joins the African sales team representing their families’ 3rd generation
at Alvan Blanch

Christabel Blanch with visitors ABIl
Andrew Blanch Receives Queens Award 2012

The company receives its 2nd Queen’s Award
for International Trade.

As result of the continuous investment plan more than 120 driers were manufactured during a single year.

Alvan Blanch Factory Antil Robot Amada Press
Mrs Sarah Troughton Hands 2019QA to Mr Andrew Blanch sm

The company receives the 3rd Queens Awards for Enterprise in the ‘International Trade – Outstanding Achievement’ category.

The continuous investment plan has achieved in 10 years over £10 million investment expanding facilities, introducing the latest technology in production and energy efficiency.

Trumpf Punch Press Operator at Alvan Blanch Factory
Finishing Shop Image

New factory expansion created a 600sqm finishing shop to increase the production capacity.