Safic-Alcan, a leading distributor of specialty chemicals, has announced the acquisition of 4Plas Ltd., a distributor of engineered plastics in the UK. Founded in 2003 by Simon Humphrey, Mark Dixon, Jason Thorpe, and Andrew Bastow, 4Plas Ltd. supplies innovative polymer solutions to the injection moulding industry in the United Kingdom and Ireland. With this acquisition, Safic-Alcan's UK subsidiary will be strengthened, making it one of the main regions for the group.
"Simon, Mark, Jason, and Andrew are committed to a smooth transition, and we look forward to the integration process", said Yann Lissillour, CEO of the Safic-Alcan Group.
Barry McDonnell, Managing Director of Safic-Alcan UK, added: "This is our fifth acquisition in the UK in the past 15 years, so we are well-prepared to welcome the 4Plas team. This acquisition will further strengthen our plastic activities, which currently account for 5% of our turnover."
Safic-Alcan is also pleased to announce its exclusive distribution agreement with Schützen Chemical Group. This agreement includes all European countries, excluding Turkey, and covers Schutzencol biobased rheological modifiers suitable for both Coatings and Construction chemicals markets.
"Biobased Chemistry is not just an alternative to fossil-based Chemistry, it is rather a necessity for a sustainable future. Safic-Alcan is a natural partner and a true leader in the distribution industry to bring a sustainable impact on a large scale in Europe. They are setting standards for excellent customer service & product selection. We are excited to bring these products to the European market through our exclusive agreement with them", said Raj M. Tanna, Managing Director of Schützen Chemical Group.
"Schützen Chemical Group has developed biobased and highly biodegradable rheological modifiers based on Tamarind seed gum polysaccharides, derived from Tamarind fruits", added Jean-Marie Schmuck, Business Development Director Coatings & Construction at Safic-Alcan. "We have been immediately convinced by Schützencol value proposition and are delighted of this PAN-EU agreement, therefore adding in our ESG portfolio a new sustainable and innovative solutions for formulators of paints, coatings, tiles adhesives or skim coats".