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2M Holdings in the ICIS Top 100 Chemical Distributors 2015

2M Holdings has again been featured in the prestigious ICIS Top 100 Chemical Distributors.

Now in its sixth year, ICIS Top 100 chemical Distributors listing highlights the top players in the global chemical industry, ranked by sales. 

Mottie Kessler, CEO  &  Chairman of 2M Holdings and CEO of Banner Chemicals, commented: “I am delighted that the export bridges we have built with our friends and colleagues around the world have been recognised on the ICIS listing. To be placed  at 31st place in the Middle East, 52nd in Latin America and 72nd worldwide is an excellent reflection of growing international presence".

Commenting on the ICIS  listing, Dr Richard Smith, MD of Surfachem Group, said: "The directors of Surfachem Group would like to congratulate all of their staff and trading partners together with all of our colleagues in group companies  in enabling our parent group 2M Holdings Ltd to such a prestigious position in the global distribution industry. This has been achieved through hard work under varying market conditions and we look forwards to being even higher up the league next year".

Emerging economies entice - Surfachem strategic expansion

Whether by mergers, acquisitions or joint venture - chemical distributors are looking to increase their footprint in overseas markets. Surfachem MD, Dr Richard Smith, discusses corporate strategy and focus in markets of Poland, Scandinavia, Benelux and Brazil, and key factors driving the decisions on global operations and expansion strategy for Surfachem and 2M Holdings

Poland, Brazil and China have been the targets for Surfachem, part of 2M Holdings. Dr Richard Smith, Surfachem’s managing director, says investment in Poland and Brazil was driven by its sales and marketing activities, that in China was to secure the supply of raw materials for its surfactants product portfolio, SURFAC. 

The company employed different strategies in each market. For example, in Poland, Surfachem placed its own staff into the market with support from UK head office, with a medium-term strategy of establishing a fully-owned and locally-managed subsidiary.

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Sun Care overview: technical article by Surfachem in SPC

Patrick McDermott, Surfachem Head of Technical Development,  and James Hodgkinson, Surfachem Technical Development Manager, speak with CosmeticsBusiness / SPC  to discuss the formulation challenges and the latest innovative sunscreen ingredient: SunCat MTA by KuoChing.

Sun care market: engaging the consumer

It’s 2015 and everyone knows that the UV radiation from the sun is bad for our skin! Turn on a television at this time of year and the likelihood is that you will be bombarded with advertisements for sunscreens and sun care products.

Surfachem sun care overview

Concerns about the damage that sun exposure can cause to the skin and higher consumption of value-added products are driving the sector of sun care across the globe.

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Marketing gains in sophistication

There is pressure within the chemical distribution industry for a new approach to strategic marketing to meet the needs of supply networks.

Strategic alliances between companies, partnerships between suppliers and buyers, and cross-organisational logistics management are all increasingly seen as things to consider in the expanded concept of strategic marketing for business development, according to Natalia McDonagh, Head of Strategic Marketing at Surfachem Group.

As more companies within the chemical industry create partnerships with other similar businesses across their regions, in order to increase coverage and purchasing opportunities, a focus on growth via collaboration on innovation and the flexibility of business partners is seen as invaluable.

Bespoke product solutions, co-operation in research and development and joint software in the distribution process can be the result. In the specialty chemicals industry in particular, there is an unmistakable trend toward more innovative solutions, where a higher proportion of companies are co-operating with customers in research and development than in other B2B sectors.

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Surfachem Nordic at Sepawa Nordic Conference

Surfachem Nordic is once again taking part in the Conference of SEPAWA Nordic Section  on 4th-5th May 2015. 

Lasse K. Hammerstad and Patrick McDermott (Head of Technical Development, Surfachem Group) will be on hand to discuss the latest ingredients for the cosmetics and personal care, household, I&I and car care formulations.

In addition to surfactants, Surfachem offer an extensive range of products from rheology modifiers and builders to polymers for a streak free finish.

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EcoRemover® : safe, non-toxic, biodegradable

EcoRemover® is a proven fluid designed to enhance the performance of cleaning products and replace the need for solvents and hazardous chemicals. 

EcoRemover® is a safe, non-toxic and biodegradable aqueous fluid made from 100% renewable vegetable extracts.

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