THE ABANDONED, DECAYED AND FORGOTTEN!

AVIS N.V.
[PAINT FACTORY]

JANUARI AND FEBRUARI 2006 - 24 PHOTOS
DEMOLISHED IN FEBRUARI 2006

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N.V. paint factory Avis, better known as the blueish factory, was until the liquidation in 1966 a producer of ultramarine. A bright blue colour pigment that was used in paint and paper factories, sugar refineries and launderettes. This ultramarine makes that white fabrics looks more brighter white then ever before.

In the beginning [anno 1842] the production was done with a mill. Like ancient tradition the mill was driven by horse power. The mill brought great wealth to Westzaan. Around 1907 there was a big enlargement at the factory. After lots of production years the mill was taken out of order and was replaced by a wooden more capable factory. In the course of years the paint factory becomes bigger and bigger.

Now the time was there to replace the wooden factory by one made out of stone. Beside ultramarine Avis now started to produce other chemical colour pigments. In august that same year the old mill was moved to Ouderkerk aan de Amstel to serve as a corn mill. The mill stayed over there until 1943, when the mill was demolished. After the liquidation the N.V. paint factory Avis was used for some time by a car breaker. In 2006 only the carcass of the factory was left behind and the all over spread of the ultramarine colour pigment was the only reminder. Later that year the factory is demolished to make space for new social living apartments.