Cfi was founded in 1976 offering anodising mainly to the marine and yachting industries such components as masts, winches and cleats, as well as caravan windows and doors.

In 1978 powder coating was introduced and then in 1983 Cfi invested in engineering machinery for manufacturing aluminium components and fabricating aluminium extrusions. In 1995 Cfi sold their anodising business in order to concentrate on powder coating, mainly office partitioning and ceilings, architectural windows and doors etc.