NikWax was founded and created by Nick Brown in 1977. Nick was dissatisfied with the commercial products at the time which failed to waterproof walking boots without softening the outer supportive parent material. Nick set out to create his own Nick's Wax which became increasingly popular and by the late 1970's was distributing to eight countries.
As a walker and outdoor enthusiast himself, Nick turned his imaginative mind to walkers' apparel, which, as with the boots, needed to stay waterproof, wind resistant and comfortable. It was around 1980 that the beginning of ‘green thinking’; awareness of ozone depletion and the problems relating to aerosols arose. In 1983, determined to find new, easy and 'clean', ways to waterproof garments, Nick developed an entirely novel approach. Harmful and flammable solvents were replaced with water, and the Nikwax Water-Based Range was created. Nikwax was the first company in the world to produce a range of water-based products for restoring waterproofing in the home. Not only did the products avoid emitting harmful solvents into the atmosphere, but they were also very easy to use, allowing people to reproof their clothes in a washing machine. The range of Nikwax products grew to encompass systems for a multitude of uses; from ropes to tents and most importantly to Motorcycle clothing indeed, almost anything that needed regular help to maintain its resistance to water.
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