Libra Speciality Chemicals: News

  • Libranox AO10

    Libranox AO10 is a C10 amine oxide and is a colourless liquid. This amine oxide can be supplied as a 30% active (Libranox AO10-30) or as a 40% active (Libranox AO10-40). It provides detergency with low to moderate foaming properties. It is compatible with most surfactants and provides viscosity control, foam boosting and excellent grease cutting in liquid dish wash formulations. Libranox AO10 exhibits synergistic effects when formulated into anionic / non-ionic surfactant systems. Libranox AO10 is stable in acidic or alkaline conditions and as a result can be formulated into high alkaline cleaners, hard surface cleaners and acid cleaners.

    Libranox applications:

    • Bubble baths
    • Hair conditioners & shampoos
    • Dish wash detergents
    • Laundry detergents
    • All-purpose cleaning agents
    • Liquid Bleach products
    • Foam stabilisers in rubber and polymer industries
    • High or low foaming capabilities

     

    Amine Oxide

    An amine oxide is a chemical compound that contains the functional group R3N+-O-, and N-O with three additional hydrogen and/or hydrocarbon side chains attached to N. An amine oxide acts as a non-iconic surfactant in neutral and alkaline PH and cationic in acidic conditions and is compatible with most other surfactants.

    Packaging

    Libranox AO10-30 and Libranox AO10-40 are available in 200kg drums, 1000kg IBCs and bulk road tanker.

     

    Why choose Libra Speciality Chemicals to manufacture your Libranox products? 

    Due to our world class manufacturing process, our product has very low residual hydrogen peroxide, less than 800ppm compared to the industry norm of 1500ppm. This ensures less irritancy in yours or your customers finished formulation. Libranox also has a crystal clear ‘water white’ appearance, ensuring no need for additional colorant in yours or your customers finished formulation.

    For more information about Libranox AO10, or any of our quality products that we offer please visit our website or get in touch with a member of our team.

    Tel: +44 161 775 1888

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  • Low Salt Betaine Benefits – Librateric DAB-LS

     

    Librateric DAB-LS is a highly exciting, novel 35% active, ultra-low salt (< 0.5%), high pH, self-preserving Laurylamidopropyl betaine, manufactured from stripped, hardened and distilled coconut fatty acid.  The coconut fatty acid is manufactured from certified sustainable Non-GMO Palm Kernel Oil.

     

    Standard betaines contain c6% salt, which causes major issues with viscosity control in formulations, limiting the inclusion levels to c2%. Libra’s new technology produces betaines with ultra-low salt levels, typically 0.5% salt (but can even be 0.05%), giving formulators incredible freedom to include betaines at 10 -12%, offering the opportunity to make fantastic new products.

     

    With a Natural Index* of 0.535 and a Natural Content* of greater that 83% (*to ISO 16128), Librateric DAB-LS is also ideal for your natural origin and additionally Vegan and Halal requirements

    There are many benefits of using Librateric DAB-LS low salt betaine including:

    • At < 0.5% sodium chloride, this is just 10% of the level in standard betaine which means that it’s possible to increase the betaine level significantly in your formulation.
    • Librateric DAB-LS can become the primary surfactant in sulphate free formulations when SLS/ SLES is removed.
    • Works well with non-salt tolerant co-surfactants such Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate as it removes the need for a synthetic thickener.
    • The DAB-LS manufacturing process reduces the residual DMAPA to less than 5ppm
    • Enables the formulator to develop more concentrated detergents as a result of much lower salt carry over from Librateric DAB-LS in formulations Vs standard salt betaine.
    • Suitable for applications such as hand wash, body wash, face wash, shampoo, micellar water and concentrated surfactant blends.
    • Mild surfactant
    • High foaming
    • Doesn’t strip colour from dyed hair
    • Excellent Biodegradation profile, readily biodegradable (95% after 28 days)
    • Excellent toxicity profile, non-skin sensitising.

     

    For more information about Low Salt Betaine- Librateric DAB-LS and the quality products that we offer please visit our website or get in touch with a member of our team.

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  • Libraquat PQ7: Polyquaternium-7

    Libraquat PQ7 is an aqueous solution of a cationic copolymer of diallyldimethylammonium chloride and acrylamide and works well as an excellent cationic conditioner for hair and skin.

    Polyquaternium is the International Nomenclature for Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) designation for several polycationic polymers that are used in the personal care industry. It is especially useful in surfactant-based systems such as shampoo and shower gel and is perfect for use in spray-on, leave-in hair conditioners. It is also used in cosmetic formulations as an antistatic agent, film former, and hair fixative at concentrations typically up to 2%.

    Libraquat PQ7 molecules act as a channel to transfer the hair’s static charge to the water molecule. In addition, it will add softness and shine to dry hair. Due to the naturally anionic characteristics of hair the positive charges within PQ7 associate with the negative charge associate to the hair strands that result in smooth, shiny, hair with a glossy finish by drying as a thin film over the hair strands. This invisible film allows hair to hold its shape for longer.  Libraquat PQ7 is also an excellent emollient for skin cleansers. When combined in a liquid hand soap formula, it provides a smooth, silky feel to the hands.

    Applications of Libraquat PQ7:

     

    Packaging

    Libraquat PQ7 is available in 25 kg drums, 200kg drums and 1000 kg IBC’s.

     

    For more information about Libraquat PQ7- Polyquaternium-7, and the high-quality products that we offer please visit our website or get in touch with a member of our team.

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  • SEPAWA Congress 2021 Launch tomorrow! 13-15th October.

    Here at Libra, we are ‘SEPAWA’ excited to be exhibiting with you! This opportunity will help you to discover how our high-quality product guide fits your requirements, needs, and demands: Our formula for your success!

     

    So, make sure you come along this 13-15th October 2021, where you can meet with our sales team to ask about any queries that regard our high-quality products which we offer here at Libra Speciality Chemicals!

     

    Our Sales team attending are:

    • Anna Holroyd: International Sales Manager

    Email: Anna.Holroyd@librachem.co.uk

    Contact mobile number: +44 (0) 7415 093911

     

     

     

     

     

    • Tausif Duka: Contract and Toll Manufacturing Sales Manager

    Email: Tausif.duka@librachem.co.uk

    Contact mobile number: +44 (0) 7806 767893

     

     

     

     

    For more information about SEPAWA Congress 2021, and the quality products that we offer please visit our website or get in touch with a member of our team.

    Tel: +44 161 775 1888

    Email: sales@librachem.co.uk

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  • Sales Team Spotlight: Jon Dutton, Commercial Director

    Jon joined Libra Speciality Chemicals in March 2019, as International Sales Manager, a role in which he managed Libra’s export sales to direct customers and distributors all over the world.

    In September 2020, Jon was promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing for Libra, where he planned, organised, and directed the whole commercial team at Libra, implementing Libra’s marketing and sales strategy.

    Then in September 2021, Jon was made Commercial Director at Libra, where he now also sits on the company’s Board of Directors. Jon’s role is to lead the commercial team and identify new opportunities and gaps in the chemicals market, to ensure products and services exceed current sector trends and anticipate future market developments.

    During the past two years, Jon has successfully expanded Libra’s customer base, whilst ensuring a strong presence in the market, giving the highest quality of service, and leading by example, all of which he intends on continue as Commercial Director.

    Prior to starting his professional career, Jon graduated from The Manchester Metropolitan University with a BSC honours degree in Chemistry. Jon has worked as a developmental chemist, which has benefited the technical aspects of his career. Jon has brought his wealth of knowledge and experience within the chemical industry with him to Libra. As a result of this, Jon possesses an exceptional overall technical grounding and is an invaluable asset to the Libra team when working with Libra’s highly experienced technical team on formulation and application advice about our high-quality products to our customers.

    We asked Jon what he loves the most about working at Libra…

    ‘I love working for Libra because anything is possible! We go above and beyond for our customers, providing solutions and creating mutual value. We are always looking for the next chemistry to introduce or the next innovation to bring to market. Libra is a forward thinking, responsive and agile business and working here every day is incredibly exciting’. – Jon Dutton.

    Jon is a very valuable part of the team here at Libra. We want to take this opportunity to thank him for all his continued hard work, dedication and commitment to the business.

     

     

    For more information about Jon Dutton’s journey at Libra Speciality Chemicals, or any of our quality products that we offer please visit our website or get in touch with a member of our team.

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  • SEPAWA CONGRESS 2021!

    On the 13th– 15th October 2021, Libra are virtually exhibiting at SEPAWA 2021, offering the phenomenal opportunity for you all to discover how our high-quality product guide fits your requirements, needs, and demands: Our formula for your success!

    The annual SEPAWA® CONGRESS is the most significant meeting point of the detergents/cleansers, cosmetics, and fragrance industry in Europe, and we look forward to connecting with you all on our virtual visual showcase at this event, as well as welcoming you, your queries, and your interests about our premium products! So, make sure to come along and chat to our experienced sales team.

    Our Sales team attending are:

    – Anna Holroyd: International Sales Manager

    Email: Anna.Holroyd@librachem.co.uk

    Contact mobile number: +44 (0) 7415 093911

     

     

     

     

     

     

    – Tausif Duka: Contract and Toll Manufacturing Sales Manager

    Email: Tausif.duka@librachem.co.uk

    Contact mobile number: +44 (0) 7806 767893

     

     

     

     

    For more information about SEPAWA Congress 2021, and the quality products that we offer please visit our website or get in touch with a member of our team.

    Tel: +44 161 775 1888

    Email: sales@librachem.co.uk

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  • Chemistry Corner – Emulsification & Dispersion

    What is Emulsification?

    Emulsification is the distribution (or dispersion) of one incompatible liquid within another. Emulsification undergoes a process of dispersing one liquid (containing the bioactive compounds) in a second immiscible liquid, by applying electrostatic, or hydrophobic, or hydrogen bonding interactions between the bioactive compounds and an encapsulating material. In the absence of a surfactant or an emulsifier the two liquids would quickly separate when mixed. The addition of a suitable surfactant reduces the interfacial tension and prevents the separation of the dispersed droplets by acting at the liquid/liquid interface.

     

    What is Dispersion?

    Dispersion usually refers to the distribution of an insoluble solid, for example a powder, in a liquid.
    In the case of a solid dispersing in a liquid, dispersion is a process by which agglomerated particles are separated from each other and a new interface between the inner surface of the liquid dispersion medium and the surface of the dispersed particles is generated. In the absence of a surfactant, the powder would quickly separate again after mixing. With the addition of an appropriate surfactant the powder will remain dispersed within the liquid. The surfactant reduces the interfacial tension of the liquid and prevents the dispersed particles separating.

    Emulsions and dispersions are stable and do not separate into two layers:

    In the absence of a suitable surfactant, after mixing the two phases quickly separate. When a suitable surfactant is added to the liquid and the two phases are mixed, the separation does not occur and a stable emulsion or dispersion is achieved.

     

    The purpose of emulsions and dispersions…

    Emulsions and dispersions allow the production of many familiar products. Without the use of surfactants such as emulsifiers and dispersants, products such as paints and creams would separate into their different phases, thus making them unusable.

     

    Emulsification and Dispersion: Libranox Amine Oxides – Complementary Ingredients

    At Libra Speciality Chemicals, our range of surfactants possess exceptional emulsification and dispersion abilities, making them suitable for a variety of uses. Libranox amine oxides are one of our popular surfactant ranges for emulsification and dispersion abilities. When applied to cleaning products, they perform as excellent detergents, as well as providing excellent foam boosting and foam stabilising properties.

    Amine oxide is a chemical compound that contains the functional group R3N+−O, an N−O with three additional hydrogen and/or hydrocarbon side chains attached to N. Amine oxide acts as a non-ionic surfactant in neutral and alkaline pH and cationic in acidic conditions and is compatible with most other surfactants. Importantly, Libranox amine oxide products are compatible with most surfactants. Evidence shows that they can even exhibit synergistic effects when combined with anionic and other non-ionic surfactants. For example, when used in combination with anionic sodium lauryl ether sulphate (SLES) they are proven to give an increased detergency effect. They do not hydrolyse in strongly acidic or alkaline systems, are often used to provide viscosity and strong cleaning powers (grease emulsification and soil suspension), and are extensively used with both sodium hypochlorite and hydrogen peroxide to produce bleach-based products. The series produces a dense, stable foam which can be used in the formulation of high alkalinity cleaning compounds. They are used in industrial cleaning and once they are sprayed on to contaminated equipment the amine oxide allows for excellent adhesion to the surface, providing an extended dwell time for cleaning.

     

    For more information about Emulsification & Dispersion, or any of our quality products that we offer please get in touch with a member of our team.

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  • Chemspec Digital 2021 Launch!

    Today is the launch of Chemspec Digital 2021!

     

    Libra Speciality Chemicals are looking forward to virtually exhibiting on the 29th and 30th of September 2021, meeting and greeting you all online with your queries or interests about our high-quality products. So, make sure to come along and chat to our experienced sales team.

     

    • Anna Holroyd: International Sales Manager

    Email: Anna.Holroyd@librachem.co.uk

    Contact mobile number: +44 (0) 7415 093911

     

     

     

    • Tausif Duka: Contract and Toll Manufacturing Sales Manager

    Email: Tausif.duka@librachem.co.uk

    Contact mobile number: +44 (0) 7806 767893

     

     

     

     

     

    We asked our Sales team attending why they think it’s a good opportunity, what they would like to get out of this experience and what they would like to give from this experience…

    “I’m very excited in discussing our customers technical challenges and offering solutions with our extensive manufacturing capability. We are also here to support your business with our extensive range of Surfactants”. – Tausif Duka.

    “We are very eager to discuss Libra’s products and offering with our current and potential new customers, especially our exciting new product ranges and innovations’’. – Anna Holroyd.

     

    For more information about Chemspec Digital 2021 and the quality products that we offer please visit our website or get in touch with a member of our team.

    Tel: +44 161 775 1888

    Email: sales@librachem.co.uk

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  • CHEMSPEC DIGITAL 2021

     

    On the 29th and the 30th of September, Libra Speciality Chemicals will be attending Chemspec Digital 2021. Join us over the course of these two days to virtually network with our experienced sales team.

    Chemspec Digital 2021 is an online meeting place for the global fine and speciality chemicals community. The platform offers participants matchmaking facilities to conduct business meetings as well as webinars and further digital content designed for the exchange of expertise. Following the substantial impact that COVID-19 has had on the industry, the choice of right suppliers and the exchange of knowledge is now more important than ever. Chemspec Digital is the perfect opportunity for networking on an international scale.

     

    Our Sales team attending will consist of:

    –  Anna Holroyd: International Sales Manager.

    Email: Anna.Holroyd@librachem.co.uk

    Contact mobile number: +44 (0) 7415 093911

     

    – Tausif Duka: Contract and Toll Manufacturing Sales Manager.

    Email: Tausif.duka@librachem.co.uk

    Contact mobile number: +44 (0) 7806 767893

     

    We look forward to connecting with you all on our virtual visual showcase, as well as welcoming you, your queries, and your interests about our high-quality products!

     

    For more information about Chemspec Digital 2021 and the quality products that we offer please visit our website or get in touch with a member of our team.

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    Email: sales@librachem.co.uk

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  • Libra Speciality Chemicals supplies vital performance-enhancing surfactants for surface cleaning products – Libranox: Amine Oxides

    The Libranox Series of amine oxides perform as excellent detergents, as well as providing foam boosting and foam stabilising properties. Libranox are often formulated to provide viscosity and dominant cleaning powers as they excel at grease emulsification and soil suspension. The Series produce dense, stable foams which can be used in the formulation of high alkalinity cleaning compounds. Libranox also performs exceptionally when used in industrial cleaning – once the product is sprayed on to a contaminated surface, the amine oxide allows for excellent adhesion to the surface, providing an extended dwell time for the cleaning effect. These products are extensively used with both sodium hypochlorite and hydrogen peroxide to produce bleach-based products. The Libranox Series can also be applied in different segmented product categories such as personal care products, (shampoos, bath care and showers gels), as they provide excellent thickening, emollient and emulsifying properties.

    Industry-leading amine oxide

    Libranox amine oxides exhibit synergistic effects when combined with anionic and other non-ionic surfactants. For example, when used in combination with anionic sodium lauryl ether sulphate (SLES) they increase its detergency effect.

    Libra’s market leading amine oxide surfactants have low residual hydrogen peroxide, less than 800ppm, whilst the industry norm is 1500ppm, and have a crystal clear ‘water white’ appearance, ensuring no impact on the colourant in the finished formulations.

     

     

    For more information about Libranox: Amine Oxides, or any of our other quality products, please get in touch with a member of our team.

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  • CHEMUK2021!-16th September

     

    Libra Speciality Chemicals were charmed to exhibit and meet and greet with you yesterday at CHEMUKEXPO 2021. If you missed out and didn’t get the chance to speak to our experienced sales and technical team on stand L15 come along today at Birmingham NEC- North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT. The Libra team are extremely looking forward to welcoming you, your queries, and your interests about our high-quality products!

    For more information about ChemUK2021, or any of our other quality products, please get in touch with a member of our team.

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  • CHEMUK2021 Launch!

     

    Today is the launch of CHEMUK2021 at NEC Birmingham!

    Libra Speciality Chemicals are looking forward to exhibiting on the 15th and 16th of September 2021, meeting and greeting you all with your queries or interests about our high-quality products. So, make sure to come along and chat to our experienced sales and technical team on stand L15!

    For more information about ChemUK2021, or any of our other quality products, please get in touch with a member of our team.

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  • CHEMUK 2021

    Libra Speciality Chemicals are exceptionally delighted to meet and greet you this year at CHEMUKEXPO 2021 on the 15th and 16th of September 2021 in Birmingham NEC- North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT. If you have any queries or interests about our high-quality products, come along and chat to our experienced sales and technical teams on stand L15!

     

    Our sales and technical team attending ChemUK2021 will consist of:

     

    All Libra staff attending are extremely looking forward to welcoming you, your queries, and your interests and are hugely exited to communicate with you at ChemUK2021 on stand L15.

     

    For more information about ChemUK2021, or any of our other quality products, please get in touch with a member of our team.

    Tel: +44 161 775 1888

    Email: sales@librachem.co.uk

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  • Chemistry Corner: Detergency

    Detergency is defined as the ‘cleansing quality/power’ in a process that involves water and energy (mechanical or thermal). Detergent surfactants are water-soluble cleansing assistants that combine with impurities and dirt to make them more soluble and differs from soap in not forming a scum with the salts in hard water. Energy is required to facilitate the removal of dirt from a surface, therefore the role of surfactants is to reduce the energy required to achieve cleaning.

    They do so by acting as the interface to reduce the force required to remove soil and by speeding up the overall process. As a consequence less thermal or mechanical energy is needed to clean.

    Surfactants deliver two principal effects in the detergency process:

    1. Improved Wetting

    They improve the effectiveness of the process by both speeding up the wetting and by wetting better. Wetting means more cleaner in contact with the surface.

    Improved wetting speeds up the process by ensuring that the surface to be cleaned is covered quickly and effectively by the cleaning solution, which in most cases is water.

    1. Removal and Dispersion of Dirt

    They make the removal and dispersion of dirt easier.

    This is demonstrated in the image, which shows the removal of oils, greases or fats by a non-ionic surfactant. The hydrophobic component of the surfactant is attracted to the oily soil and aligns at the interface so that it is in contact with it, and the hydrophilic part is in contact with the water.

    If the surfactant has the appropriate properties, the hydrophilic part will be pulled into the water phase. Consequently, the oily droplet will be pulled away from the surface. Eventually the droplet will be completely dislodged from the surface. Once this has occurred the surfactant helps with the dispersion of the oil droplet and prevents it redepositing on the surface.

     

     

    Detergency – Complementary Ingredients

    Libra Speciality Chemicals have been the proud distributor of Kolb’s range of non-ionic ethoxylates in the UK for an impressive 35 years. With a wide range of products that complement Libra’s own range of manufactured surfactants, our enduring partnership with Kolb is one which brings tremendous value to our customers.

    Kolb manufactures a number of non-ionic surfactants based on both natural and synthetic alcohols, as well as other specialty non-ionic surfactants. Their newest product range, Greenbentin™, features an excellent range of non-ionic surfactants based on natural alcohols. Their most popular range, however, is their Imbentin series of non-ionic surfactants based on synthetic alcohols. These products are formulated by customers in final products, like detergents and shampoos, agricultural and construction chemicals, textile, pulp and paper products, lubricants, and metal working fluids.

    For more information about Libra Speciality Chemicals and the quality products that we offer please visit our website or get in touch with a member of our team.

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  • Chemistry Corner – Foaming

    A foam is produced by the distribution of a gas in a liquid. Without a surfactant to stabilise the foam, the liquid and gas would quickly separate causing the foam to collapse. This is primarily caused by drainage of liquid within the film, which causes thinning and the eventual collapse of the foam. Surfactants therefore act at the liquid, gas, or solid gas interface to stabilise foam to reduce surface tension.

    A foaming agent material facilitates the formation of foam for example a surfactant or a blowing agent. A surfactant, when present in small components, reduces surface tension of a liquid (reduces the work needed to create the foam) or increases its overall stability of colloidal by inhibiting coalescence of bubbles.

     

     

    Uses of foaming surfactants

    Foam is important in a wide range of products for both practical (such as firefighting foams and poly urethane foams) and aesthetic (many consumer and institutional products, such as toiletries and HI&I) purposes.

    Betaines – Complementary ingredient

    At Libra Speciality Chemicals, our range of surfactants possess exceptional foaming abilities, making them suitable for a variety of uses. The Librateric CAB range are some of our bestselling foaming surfactants.

    The Librateric CAB range consists of Cocamidopropyl betaines manufactured in the UK and can be derived from hydrogenated and refined coconut oil, palm kernel oil or vegetable fatty acid. Our products range from 30 to 38% and can be preserved with Sodium Benzoate or be high alkalinity and self-preserving.

    Our new low-salt betaine contains just 10% of standard CAPB salt levels – 0.5% instead of 5.5% salt. This means that formulation inclusion levels can be increased up to ten times without exceeding the original salt level of the formulation. All of this whilst still producing the high foaming characteristics our customers know and love.

    The Librateric CAB range provides exceptional viscosity building and foam boosting to anionic based cleansers. In a personal care setting and in shampoo formulations, Librateric CAB significantly reduces the amount of static build up while contributing to overall ‘mildness’. As well as this, it is stable and efficacious over a broad pH range and is compatible with both anionic and cationic surfactants.

    If you have any questions about Foaming, or any of our other quality products, please get in touch with a member of our team

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  • PIONEERING CHEMICAL FIRM TO DOUBLE IN SIZE AFTER INNOVATING NEW GREEN INGREDIENTS FOR EVERYDAY CLEANING PRODUCTS

     

    An Irlam firm is set to double in size after developing innovative new chemicals that will help make products from shampoo to washing-up liquid greener and more sustainable, with financial support from Lloyds Bank.

    Libra Speciality Chemicals, part of the Sheffield-based GRI Group, specialises in manufacturing and blending the active ingredients used in some of the world’s biggest personal care and household cleaning brands.

    Now its in-house scientists have innovated new low-salt formulations of commonly used chemicals called betaines, which perform better as formulators, while also requiring a third less energy to manufacture using Libra’s bespoke in-house manufacturing technology.

    Well-known brands are already working to reformulate their products to incorporate the new ingredients, which contain just a tenth of the salt content commonly found in betaines, and could be on the shelves within twelve months.

    Libra Speciality Chemicals has invested £3.5 million in a new plant to manufacture the low-salt betaines, in a move that also increases total betaine capacity by around two thirds.

    The investment has been supported by a £2million loan through the Lloyds Bank Clean Growth Finance Initiative, which provides discounted lending to help businesses invest in reducing their environmental impact.

    The Artificial Intelligence-powered plant can produce more than a thousand tonnes of betaines a week and can be operated by a single worker.

    Graham Royle said: “This is a transformational investment that will help create a new generation of environmentally-friendly, renewable plant-based cleaning products that are sulphate-free, energy efficient and create zero waste.

    “We are committed to ‘Green Chemistry’, seeking ever-better environmental and sustainable solutions for everyday products.

    “I’m very optimistic about the future. We’re innovating and winning new business in new markets around the world.”

    Libra Speciality Chemicals was founded in 1971 and employs 65 staff at its base in Irlam, which is 100% powered by renewable energy.

    Since joining the GRI Group in 2010, revenues have quadrupled to £40 million and the workforce has doubled in size, with customers including Procter & Gamble, Unilever and PZ Cussons.

    Dawn Noton, associate relationship manager at Lloyds Bank, said: “The innovation and commitment to sustainability shown by Libra Speciality Chemicals is truly impressive and can support the development of a new generation of eco-friendly cleaning products.

    “Growing consumer demand for sustainable products and the developing ‘green economy’ presents lots of opportunities. The Lloyds Bank Clean Growth Finance Initiative helps businesses like Libra Speciality Chemicals to seize these opportunities for growth and diversification.

    “We were happy to support this development and we will continue to help businesses as they move to win new growth opportunities by transitioning to low-carbon, sustainable business models.”

    For more information about the Pioneering chemical firm to double in size, or any of our other quality products, please get in touch with a member of our team.

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  • Chemistry Corner – Wetting

    Wetting is the ability of a liquid droplet to spread over a surface. Wetting agents are also known as surfactants – surface active agents.

    Wetting agents are substances that reduce the surface tension of water to allow it to spread droplets onto a surface, increasing the abilities of a liquid. Lowering the surface tension lowers the energy required to spread droplets onto a film, thus weakening the cohesive properties of the liquid and strengthening its adhesive properties, increasing its penetrating, and spreading qualities through previously water repellent surfaces.

     

    Increased wetting gives significantly better coverage of liquid on a surface, which is especially important in many applications including Cleaning, Personal Care, Crop Care and Dyeing of Textiles. Surfactants work in solutions, therefore the better the wetting ability, the better the surfactant can do its job.

    Wetting and Libratex DOS – Complementary Ingredients

    At Libra Speciality Chemicals, our range of surfactants possess exceptional wetting abilities, making them suitable for a variety of uses. Libratex DOS is one of our bestselling surfactants from the series for wetting abilities, it is used in many industrial applications for its excellent wetting; however, it also is an excellent foamer and provides good foam stabilisation.

    The Libratex DOS series consists of anionic surfactants of dodecylbenzene sulphonic acid, including its neutralised salt versions, and dioctyl sulphosuccinates. These exhibit a wide range of properties making them suitable for use in a variety of applications. The sodium salts have excellent detergency for use in cleaning formulations, whilst the ammonium and amine salts are excellent emulsifiers in water soluble systems.

    Libratex DOS70PG is anionic in character and therefore is compatible with other anionic and non-ionic surfactants. Libratex DOS70PG may be used in conjunction with non-ionic surfactants to give improved high temperature stability. Acid is neutralised using several alkalis to form the salts in the Libratex Series.

    For more information about Libra Speciality Chemicals and the quality products that we offer please visit our website or get in touch with a member of our team.

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  • Libranol Range

    If you’re looking for a non-ionic surfactant that is compatible with most surfactant types to incorporate into your products, the Libranol series will meet your needs exactly.

    The Libranol series are high-quality alkanolamines, a chemical compound that contains amino and hydroxyl groups. The compound is a viscous liquid which produces moderate foam, as well as excellent wetting and thickening properties, making it useful for a variety of applications.

    They have applications within the personal care industry, in products such as shampoo and other soaps, as well as a variety of cleaning products in the household, industrial, and institutional cleaning sectors due to its foam boosting, stabilizing and viscosity modifying effects when used with sulphates and other anionic surfactants in liquid formulations. Libranols also prove to be excellent solubilizing agents for perfumes and essential oils.

    Libranol Products

    ·      Libranol CDG  – Coco Diethanolamide and Glycerol

    ·      Libranol CDE – Coco Diethanolamide

    ·      Libranol RDG – Rapeseed Diethanolamide and Glycerol

    Applications

    ·      Toiletries (Shampoos, bubble baths, hand washers, body and facial cleansers)

    ·      Hard surface cleaners

    ·      Degreasers

    ·      Waterless hand cleaners

    ·      Chain lubricants

    ·      Oil field applications (Oil Field Cementing, Oil Field Drilling Fluid, Oil Field Stimulation Fluids)

    ·      Cutting Fluids, Drawing Compounds

    ·      Textile and Synthetic Fibres

    ·      Textile Wettings

    For more information about our Libranol products, or any of our other quality products, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • Product Blog – Libraphos Range: Phosphate Esters

    The Libraphos range is a series of phosphate esters; typically, 100% active anionic surfactants, suitable for use in a wide range of applicants and industries including metal working, textiles, detergents, and agriculture. They have properties that lie between ethoxylated non-ionics and sulphated surfactants.  They have good compatibility with inorganic builders, good emulsifying properties and a foaming capacity between low foaming non-ionics and high foaming ether sulphates.

    Phosphate Esters are typically based on alcohols of aromatic or alcohol ethoxylates. They are manufactured by either a polyphosphoric acid route for which the major product is mono esters or by the much more common phosphorous pentoxide route, where the major product are a di-esters. Phosphate Esters can be neutralised, usually to make potassium salts, which are soluble in water.

    They are resistant to hydrolysis by hot alkalis and are also stable in acid solution at high temperatures.  Phosphate esters have been widely used in emulsion polymerisation, and metal finishing and over many years in the Textile Industry as lubricants, emulsifiers, wetting agents and as dye bath additives.  They can be used in detergents for the solubilisation of non-ionics in high concentrations of electrolyte and in agriculture they are used as emulsifying agents and dispersing agents in herbicides.

    Why Libra?

    Boasting a broad variety of performance functions, products from our Libraphos range are designed to give specific properties, depending on the hydrophobe, phosphation agent and molar ratios used. These properties determine the selection of Libraphos products for use, for example, in hydrotropes, corrosion inhibitors, lubricants and antistatics.

    Applications of our Libraphos range

    Alkaline detergents

    Metal working fluids

    Emulsion polymerisation

    Libraphos antiwear

    Agricultural formulations

    Packaging

    The Libraphos series is available in 200kg drums and 1000kg IBCs.

    For more information about Libra Speciality Chemicals and the quality products that we offer, please visit our website or get in touch with a member of our team.

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  • Why ‘Green Chemistry’ is a Term We All Need to Familiarise Ourselves With

    Sustainability is a word that all of us are familiar with. But why is it so important within our industry?

    With the ever-looming threat of the environmental damage to our planet becoming increasingly irreversible unless we act immediately, it is vital that we all look at production from a sustainable point of view. The need for long term change is more pertinent than ever before.

    The principles of ‘Green Chemistry’ aim to harness chemical innovation so that the ever-increasing demand for sustainable production can be met. Utilising the principles of ‘Green Chemistry’ means that we can significantly reduce environmental damage, while promising our planet a prosperous future.

    Libra’s ‘Green Chemistry’ and Anti-Pollution Initiatives

    At Libra, we are passionate about contributing towards a greener future, our environmental policy and close work with the ‘Green Chemistry’ principles reflects this. For over ten years, we have been accredited to the ISO14001. The ISO14001 standard requires us to set challenging environmental targets and objectives which are defined through a detailed environmental risk assessment. A key feature of this is to demonstrate our continuous environmental performance improvement, this underpins what we do here at Libra and emphasises our efforts to contribute towards a greener future.

    As well as our environmental policies, we have anti-pollution initiatives in place that significantly contribute towards pollution reduction. E.G. We take steps to minimise pollution by outsourcing our IBCs and drums to be reconditioned or recycled. It goes without saying that this is much more sustainable than sending them to waste disposal or landfill sites. As well as this, we source the vast majority of products from recycled materials, and we are constantly looking for ways to sustainably source products with longevity in mind.

    Reducing energy and water usage is of paramount importance to us here at Libra, both in our production process and in storage. E.G. We have installed energy efficient lighting where possible around site and we use thermostatic temperature control so that we can use the minimum amount of energy necessary for production.

    Our Low Salt Betaine technology has been designed with reduced water consumption in mind. Libra’s design reduces the overall water consumption tenfold compared to a more standard system. This exciting new technology really emphasises that thinking sustainably is really at the forefront of what we do here at Libra.

    As innovation within our industry reaches an all-time high, it is important that we keep a sustainable future mind.

    If you have any questions about Libra Speciality Chemicals or the fantastic products and services we offer, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • Network with Libra Speciality Chemicals at Sepawa Congress Virtual 2021

    On the 13th – 15th October, Libra Speciality Chemicals will be exhibiting virtually at Sepawa Congress Virtual 2021. The annual Sepawa Congress is the most significant meeting point of the detergents/cleansers, cosmetics and fragrance industries in Europe. Covid-19 has already had a significant impact on our industry, supply chain and networking abilities so any opportunity to network on an international scale is welcomed with open arms.

    Our experienced sales and technical staff will be present over the course of the virtual exhibition to provide extensive information surrounding our quality products and services.

    After an uncertain year, we are looking forward to networking with you all again!

    For more information about Libra Speciality Chemicals and the fantastic products we offer, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • Librateric CAB 50: Cocamidopropyl Betaine

    Librateric CAB 50 is a high active (38%) grade of Cocamidopropyl Betaine. Cocamidopropyl Betaine possesses exceptionally low odour and low colour qualities.

    Our CAB 50 is around 25% more concentrated than standard betaine, which makes it hostile to microbial growth, therefore eliminating the need for a preservative. Furthermore, Librateric CAB 50 provides exceptional viscosity building and foam boosting to anionic based cleansers.

    In a personal care setting and in shampoo formulations, Librateric CAB 50 significantly reduces the amount of static build-up while contributing to overall ‘mildness’. As well as this, it is stable and efficacious over a broad pH range and is compatible with both anionic and cationic surfactants.

    At Libra, we are constantly looking for ways to make our products cleaner and greener. As a result of this, Librateric CAB 50, like many of our other products, is readily biodegradable.

    Packaging

    Librateric CAB 50 is available in bulk, 1000 kg net IBC’s or 200 kg net plastic drums.

    For more information about Librateric CAB50, or any of our other quality products, please get in touch with a member of our team.

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  • Celebrating 10 Years of KLK Tensachem Product Distribution

    This year, Libra Speciality Chemicals celebrates its tenth year successfully distributing KLK Tensachem’s market-leading surfactants throughout the UK.

    KLK Tensachem have been expertly producing quality surfactants from their HQ in Belgium for over 50 years. Their product portfolio is extensive and finds a wide application in hair care, skin care, home care and cleaning amongst others. With Tensachem producing a variety of quality products, it’s no wonder that a wide range of them complement Libra’s own range of surfactants. Our partnership with KLK Tensachem is invaluable not only to us, but to our customers as well.

    Undoubtedly one of the most popular Tensachem ranges that we distribute here at Libra is Tensagex, a series of products containing between 26% and 70% active Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulphate based on natural alcohol that is applied in soap & bath products, hair products, skincare, colour cosmetics and fragrances. We also supply Tensachem products that can be utilised in the homecare and cleaning industries. The Tensopol range of high and low active fatty alcohol sulphates can be applied in a variety of areas including hard surface cleaners, disinfectants, carpet cleaning, hand gel cleaners and foam cleaners.

    For more information about our partnership with Tensachem, or any of the products they offer, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • Librateric AA Range: Coco Imino Dipropionates

    Libraterics are a series of salt-free Dipropionates which are conventional Amphoteric surfactants that can contain up to 7% salt. The Librateric series are highly versatile and are compatible with different types of surfactants. Their stability at high temperatures or in acid and alkaline conditions results in exceptional surfactant performance. Furthermore, products from the Librateric series possess low irritancy which makes them suitable for a variety of applications.

    The Librateric AA range is a series of high foam, salt-free, Amphoteric Dipropionate surfactants which act exceptionally well as a foaming agent, hydrotrope and stabiliser in acidic and alkaline solutions containing nonionic surfactants. The Librateric AA range also exhibits synergistic effects with nonionic surfactants, enabling the incorporation of low surfactant levels in formulations. Our Librateric AA range is recommended for industrial cleaning applications that require high foaming.

    Librateric AA products

    • Librateric AA 38H, Coco Imino Dipropionate – 38% sodium salt in water
    • Librateric AA 30 (MB), Coco Imino Dipropionate – 30% sodium salt in water
    • Librateric AA 30, Coco Imino Dipropionate – 30% sodium salt in water

    Applications of our Librateric AA range

    • Industrial & institutional cleaning
    • Vehicle cleaning
    • Food industry cleaning
    • Household & institutional hard surface cleaning.

    Packaging

    All of our Librateric AA products are available in 215kg drums, 1000kg IBCs and bulk road tankers.

    For more information about our Librateric AA series, or any of our other quality products, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • Join Us at Chemspec Digital 2021!

    On the 29th and the 30th of September, Libra Speciality Chemicals will be attending Chemspec Digital 2021. Join us over the course of two days and virtually network with our experienced sales and technical teams.

    Chemspec Digital 2021 is an online meeting place for the global fine and speciality chemicals community. The platform offers participants matchmaking facilities to conduct business meetings as well as webinars and further digital content designed for the exchange of expertise. Following the substantial impact that COVID-19 has had on the industry, the choice of right suppliers and the exchange of knowledge is now more important than ever. Chemspec Digital is the perfect opportunity for networking on an international scale.

    We look forward to connecting with you all!

    For more information about Libra Speciality Chemicals and the fantastic products we offer, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • LibraCare APG Series: Alkyl Polyglucosides

    The Libracare APG series is a range of non-ionic surfactants primarily derived from renewable raw materials such as fatty alcohols from coconut and palm kernel oils and glucose from corn. These products are exceptionally mild, low in toxicity and, like the majority of our products here at Libra, they are readily biodegradable. The synergistic effects of our LibraCare APG series combined with other commonly used surfactants yields a performance improvement that can be the basis for a reduction of surfactant content, whilst maintaining performance level.

    Our Libracare APG range has excellent wetting and dispersing properties and has the ability to produce a rich and stable foam. Our products are compatible with other surfactant types, which frequently result in synergistic effects, including an improvement in the mildness of formulations. The LibraCare APG products are highly soluble and stable in high pH finished product formulations.

    Libracare APG Products

    • LibraCare APG 06 (Hexyl Glucoside).
    • LibraCare APG 08 (Iso-octyl Glucoside).
    • LibraCare APG 0810 (Capryl/Caprylyl Glucoside).
    • LibraCare APG 0814 (Coco Glucoside).
    • LibraCare APG 1214 (Lauryl Glucoside).

    Applications of LibraCare APG Products

    Our LibraCare APG range is compatible with other surfactants, they are low in toxicity, have low skin irritation and are readily biodegradable. Because of this, they are especially useful as components in products that need stable foam, low streaking, and no filmy residue. Our LibraCare APG products function exceptionally well in the following application areas:

    • Personal care (shampoo, body wash, creams & lotions).
    • HI&I cleaning (household, hard surface, all-purpose, machine dishwashing).
    • Agrochemicals (soil wetting agent, systemic adjuvants).
    • Textiles (sourcing agents).

    For more information about our LibraCare APG range and its uses, or to request a technical data sheet, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • Sales Team Spotlight – Tausif Patel: Contract & Toll Sales Manager

    Tausif joined the Libra team as Contract and Toll Sales Manager in January 2019. In this role he is responsible for offering Libra’s extensive manufacturing capability to produce many customers’ own products in a wide variety of industries.

    Before joining Libra, Tausif provided Production Chemistry and Account Management support to onshore and offshore oil and gas platforms where he proactively provided specialist service on chemical process, corrosion management and flow assurance related matters by solving complex problems safely. Tausif is an experienced sales professional with a background in oilfield chemical applications.

    Prior to starting his professional career, Tausif graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a first-class honours degree in Applied Chemistry before completing a Master of Business Administration at The University of Liverpool.

    We asked Tausif what his favourite elements of the Contract and Toll Sales Manager role were…

    “I particularly like developing technical and commercial partnerships with our valued customers and I take pride in exceeding their expectations. I enjoy providing a bespoke service by rising up to evolving market requirements. I work closely with all of our customers by delivering the highest level of confidential service. My goal is always to support every project by providing consistent quality products, encompassing an efficient service which is pivotal to the success of our business.’’

    Tausif is an invaluable part of the team here at Libra and has been integral in recently securing our affiliation to the EOSCA. We want to take this opportunity to thank him for his continued hard work, dedication and commitment to Libra.

     

    For more information about Libra Speciality Chemicals and the quality products that we offer, please visit our website or get in touch with a member of our team.

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  • Libra’s Large-Scale Capital Investments into New Technology Continue!

    Last week saw yet another exciting addition to our multi-million-pound capital investment programme at our manufacturing site in Irlam, UK. At Libra, we are committed to investing in the future of the UK chemical industry.

    With all of our new Low Salt Betaine storage tanks now in place we are moving ever closer to Low Salt Betaine production at Libra, which will commence in Q4 2021. We are extremely proud of the continued capital investments in our manufacturing plant, and we are excited for the future of Betaine production.

    Why Are We Investing?

    Betaines are well known for exceptional detergency and foam boosting properties and do not suffer from the problems listed and recognised for SLES. Betaines are also fully biodegradable and naturally sustainable. However, standard betaines contain typically 5-6% salt. Salt causes extensive issues with viscosity control, formulation stability and formulation clarity which currently restricts the inclusion levels to ca 2%.

    Libra’s new technology will produce Betaines with ultra-low salt levels, typically <0.5% salt (but can even be <0.05%). This allows formulators the freedom and capability to include betaines at 10 -15% inclusion levels without the technical restraints associated with standard betaines. This offers the opportunity for formulators to make fantastic new products over the coming years.

    At Libra, we are passionate about sustainability and minimising our environmental impact. Our new Low Salt Betaine production is a great example of both these principles in action. The new low salt technology exhibits cutting edge design to absolutely minimise water consumption. The result is a ten-fold reduction in water usage compared to existing technologies. In addition, the energy consumption per unit of low salt betaine produced is designed to be significantly less than other methodologies.

    For more information about Libra Speciality Chemicals and the fantastic products we offer, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • Sales Team Spotlight- Tilly Hewitt: Marketing Executive

    Tilly joined Libra in June for her sandwich placement year in industry after finishing her second year of university. Although she is relatively new to the role, she has settled in nicely as part of the Libra team!

    Her role of Marketing Executive involves being responsible for Libra’s website, email marketing and social media. In doing this, Tilly generates engaging and informative blog content that is regularly published on our website and on our LinkedIn page. She works closely with the sales team to promote the vast range of quality products and services that Libra offer.

    Once she completes her year in industry with us, Tilly will return to study her final year of International Business and Marketing at The Manchester Metropolitan University. With previous digital marketing experience in the workplace, Tilly is well suited to her role with us at Libra. Prior to her placement, she completed various digital marketing freelance work for a financial services marketing company, where she researched and updated email marketing and client information records in ‘Hubspot’ and ‘DotDigital’ databases, using information from ‘Zoom.info’. She also has experience in event planning and marketing while working as a marketing assistant for a charitable organisation.

    We chatted with Tilly about her year in industry with us…

    “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity of a year in industry at Libra, they provide me with the tools I need to gain vital workplace experience. The role is very creative, and I am given lots of opportunities to take it in any direction that I think is suitable, which sets me up well for a career in marketing after university.”

    Tilly continued “my favourite thing about the Marketing Executive role is the room for freedom and creativity. The way that that Libra have combined flexibility with support when needed makes it the perfect environment for any marketing student to gain invaluable workplace experience. The whole team at Libra have been so welcoming and accommodating, everyone wants to help one another wherever they can.”

    Finally, we asked Tilly what trends she has identified within our industry and where she sees Libra in the future…

    “The use and development of new technologies within the industry is something that I have found very interesting. I think particularly the utilising of new technologies to try and create more sustainable methods of production is something that we will see a lot more of over the next few years”

    “In the future, I’d like to see the continuation of substantial investments being made at our Manchester HQ. Looking forwards, I see Libra as not only innovative in their products but innovative in their approach to sustainability and the environment. I’d like to see us continue to make positive sustainable decisions and combat the environmental crisis head-on for many years to come.”

    We are excited to see Tilly develop her skillset during her time with us, and we are proud to be able to provide all of our staff with opportunities for development and progression.

     

    For more information about Libra Speciality Chemicals and the quality products that we offer, please visit our website or get in touch with a member of our team.

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  • Product Blog – Libramul IPA: Isopropylamine Dodecylbenzene Sulphonate

    Libramul IPA is a high-quality anionic surfactant that is compatible with other anionic and nonionic surfactants. Its exceptional compatibility makes it suitable for a wide range of uses. Libramul IPA is the Isopropylamine salt of Dodecylbenzene sulphonic acid, and it functions well as an emulsifying agent for organic solvents, waxes and mineral oils. Due to its solubility characteristics, Libramul IPA can be applied as an emulsifier for oils and greases in solvent-based systems.

    Product Applications

    Libramul IPA can be used in oilfield cleaning products. It is especially suitable for the manufacture of emulsion degreasers and kerosene-based hand cleaning gels as well as a foamer for salt and freshwater mud additives. Additionally, Libramul IPA excels at providing cleaning power in non-aqueous formulations.

    In an agricultural environment, Libramul IPA performs as an excellent emulsifiable concentrate and suspension concentrate. This makes it exceptional at emulsifying pesticides.

    Packaging

    Libramul IPA is available in 200kg drums, 1000kg IBCs and bulk road tankers.

    For more information about Libramul IPA, or any of our other quality products, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • Celebrating Our Partnership with Grace Overseas Haulage

    At Libra, we pride ourselves on offering customers a professional service from start to finish. This would not be possible without the excellent services that external companies provide.

    This year, we celebrate our successful partnership with Grace Overseas Haulage. Throughout our partnership, they have consistently provided us with a seamless service, the wealth of knowledge that Grace Overseas brings to the table is invaluable to us at Libra. They are pioneers within the industry, becoming one of the first freight forwarding companies to receive the prestigious BS5750 certification. Not only this, but they are Alcumus ISOQAR and Investors in People accredited.

    We spoke to Sarah Taylor, Managing Director of Grace Overseas, about our relationship with them:

    ‘’Libra has been a client to Grace for 10 years, we have grown our relationship significantly over the last 4 years. Grace have become a Freight & Logistics partner to Libra, moving 90% of all their cargo, sea, road, tankers & storage.

    We have a close and integrated relationship, which allows us to be united on projects such as hand sanitisers during Covid and implanting new processes for clients. It also allows us to maximise supply chain efficiencies with expertise in this demanding industrial sector to ensure the smooth fluidity of products from origin to destination.

    Our flexibility, mutual respect and understanding of each other’s strengths complement our working relationship incredibly well. This was exemplified through our collective hard work with our preparation and execution of Brexit, which in turn resulted in not one missed or late delivery.

    Both myself and the rest of the team here at Grace Overseas look forward to our continued work with Libra.’’

    Libra would like to take this opportunity to thank Grace Overseas for their consistently professional service. We are extremely excited for the future and look forward to a successful partnership together.

    Find out more about the services that Grace Overseas Haulage Ltd offer here: https://graceoverseas.com/

    For more information about Libra Speciality Chemicals or any of our products, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • Product Blog – Libranox AO 12/14: Lauramine Oxide

    Libranox AO 12/14 is compatible with a variety of surfactants and provides excellent viscosity control, foam boosting, and grease-cutting properties in a number of formulations. Libranox AO12/14 exhibits synergistic effects when formulated into both anionic and non-ionic surfactant systems. It is also stable in both acidic and alkaline formulations. Additionally, Libranox AO12/14 creates a dense clinging foam when injected into highly alkaline surface cleaners.

    Why Use Libranox AO12/14?

    • Manufactured using microbe free, ultra-high purity water.
    • Levels of Nitrosamine that are below the limit of detection (15ppb) and the regulatory requirement of < 50ppb for cosmetic products.
    • Crystal clear ‘water-white’ product.
    • Very low free tertiary amine, average of 0.22% Vs spec of <0.5% and industry norm of <1.0%.
    • Low residual hydrogen peroxide, average of 600ppm Vs spec of <800ppm and industry norm of <1500ppm.

    Applications

    Libranox AO 12/14 is commonly used in cleaning product formulations. It is an excellent surfactant, providing detergency, foam boosting and foam stabilising properties. It is compatible with and used in both sodium hypochlorite and hydrogen peroxide-based bleach products. In high pH cleaning products, Libranox AO12/14 produces a dense, stable foam. It is a common surfactant in industrial cleaning formulations where the product is sprayed onto contaminated equipment. The amine oxide allows for excellent adhesion to the surface providing an extended dwell time as required.

    Packaging

    Libranox AO12/14 is available in 200kg drums, 1000 kg IBCs and bulk road tankers.

    At Libra Speciality Chemicals, we combine state of the art High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HLPC), Gas Chromatography (GC) and Ion Chromatography (IC) analytical techniques to validate product compliance to international standards and individual customer requirements. We can always guarantee market-leading quality from a UK manufacturer you can trust, delivered globally at competitive pricing.

    For more information about Libranox AO 12/14, or other products in the Libranox range, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • Sales Team Spotlight – Anna Holroyd: International Sales Manager

    Anna joined the Libra team in June 2019 in a newly created role, as the Internal Account Representative for one of our largest key Contract and Toll Manufacturing customers. In February 2020 she was promoted to be our Internal Account Coordinator, taking on responsibility for our UK and International accounts. By September 2020, she became the International Sales Manager at Libra and works with our partners and customers around the world to deliver our high-quality range of surfactants and speciality chemical products.

    Anna has brought a wealth of knowledge with her to Libra. She graduated in 2018 with a first-class honours degree in Chemistry from The University of Manchester, having completed course modules covering the full range of inorganic, physical, organic, environmental, bioinorganic, computational, and analytical chemistry. As a result of this, Anna possesses an exceptional overall technical grounding and is an invaluable asset to the sales team when providing technical, formulation and application advice to our customers.

    We caught up with Anna to ask her what her favourite elements of the International Sales role were, and where she sees Libra in the future…

    ‘’Libra is providing me with incredible career opportunities and working with the team here is a dream job. I like the regular interaction that I have with our customers, and I enjoy working to achieve a true partnership which goes beyond supply by providing both technical and regulatory advice and establishing long-term relationships.’’

    Anna continued ‘’I see Libra continuing to grow as a reputable and sophisticated provider to the global Chemical Industry. The ongoing, substantial capital investments being made to our Manchester UK site are very exciting and I enjoy witnessing the business continue to expand in new technologies, new markets and new territories.’’

    Finally, we asked her what she thinks the most important area of our industry is at present…

    ‘’I think the concept of ‘Green Chemistry’ is the most vital area of our industry at the moment. With the rising focus on environmental sustainability, we are proud to continue to invest in making our manufacturing processes cleaner, greener, anti-pollution, and more energy-efficient.’’

    As part of Anna’s ongoing personal development, earlier this year Libra entered her for the Chemicals Northwest ‘Young Talent in the Chemical Industry’ Award, which she won, reflecting her extensive chemical knowledge and professionalism within the workplace. We would like to thank Anna for her consistent hard work and look forward to seeing her career progress with us even further in the coming years!

     

    For more information about Libra Speciality Chemicals and the quality products that we offer, please visit our website or get in touch with a member of our team.

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  • Libraquat PQ7: Polyquaternium-7

    What is Libraquat PQ7?

    Libraquat PQ7 is a Polycationic copolymer of Acrylamide and Diallyldimethylammonium Chloride. Polyquaterium is the International Nomenclature for Cosmetic Ingredients designation for several polycationic polymers that are used in the personal care industry.

    The copolymer is the result of the polymerisation reaction between Diallydimethylammonium Chloride (DADMAC) and Acrylamide (AAM) in water to produce Polyquaternium-7 (PQ7). The use of these monomers gives a stable copolymer with a wide range of abilities. In our QC laboratory, the copolymer is carefully analysed by High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) to confirm the residual Acrylamide is below 1 part per million (ppm) and ensure the highest quality product for our customers. Preserved with 0.5% Sodium Benzoate and pH balanced to ensure the optimum anti-microbial protection, you can be confident Libraquat PQ7 will remain protected for everyday of its 24-month shelf life*.

    Why Use Libraquat PQ7?

    Libraquat PQ7 is especially useful in surfactant-based systems such as shampoo, shower gel and hand wash. It acts as an exceptional hair detangler and provides slip for easier wet combing which makes it perfect for use in spray on, leave in hair conditioners. In addition, it adds softness and shine to dry hair. Not only this, but it is also an excellent emollient for skin cleansers. When combined in a liquid hand soap formula, it provides a smooth, silky feel to the hands.

    Product Applications

    • Hair conditioners
    • Shampoos
    • Hair-detangling products
    • Emollient skin cleansers
    • Liquid hand soaps

    Why Choose Libra Speciality Chemicals?

    • Microbiologically pure (high purity) water from our ‘special process’.
    • Undetectable levels of residual Acrylamide (<1ppm), which is classed as a carcinogen, from our ‘special process’. This is vastly superior to the industry standard of <10ppm.
    • Crystal clear ‘water-white’ product, ensuring there no need for extra colourant in the finished formulation.
    • Many competitor products have a slight sulphites odour. Libraquat PQ7 has no odour, ensuring there is no need for added fragrance in the customer’s finished formulation.

    At Libra Speciality Chemicals, we combine state of the art High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HLPC), Gas Chromatography (GC) and Ion Chromatography (IC) analytical techniques to validate product compliance to international standards and individual customer requirements. We can always guarantee market-leading quality from a UK manufacturer you can trust, delivered globally at competitive pricing.

    *In sealed containers

    If you have any questions about Libraquat PQ7, or any of our other products, please get in touch with a member of our team.

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  • LibraCare APG 1214: Lauryl Glucoside Features in Biesterfeld Personal Care Products!

    Last week saw the exciting development of Biesterfeld’s ‘Happiness in a Box’ Personal Care collection. To celebrate this, Libra were kindly sent a giftbox containing a variety of the high-quality Personal Care products that they have developed.

    Our product LibraCare APG 1214, also known as Lauryl Glucoside, has been used in both the ‘Sleep and Care’ night cream as well as the ‘Smoothie Shower’ shower gel. Both these products are EO free and promote healthy skin.

    LibraCare APG 1214 has exceptionally good wetting, dispersing and emulsification properties. The low toxicity, low irritation to skin and biodegradability of LibraCare APG 1214 means it is widely used in the Personal Care industry. Furthermore, LibraCare APG 1214 is extremely versatile and is compatible with a wide range of surfactants making it suitable for a variety of Personal Care products.

    Biesterfeld have been distributing Libra Speciality Chemicals’ products in selected European countries for several years. Throughout this partnership, Biesterfeld have professionally and efficiently serviced their customers with our products. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their continued support and we look forward to working with them for many years to come!

    Anna Holroyd, our International Sales Manager, with the Biesterfeld ‘Happiness in a Box’ collection.

    If you have any questions about LibraCare APG 1214, or any of our other products suitable for Personal Care, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • Visit Libra Speciality Chemicals at CHEMUK 2021

    This year, Libra Speciality Chemicals will be attending CHEMUK at the NEC Birmingham on the 15th and 16th of September. Come and visit us on stand L15 for an insight into the exceptional variety of quality products and services that we offer.

    CHEMUK provides businesses with the exciting opportunity for supply chain sourcing and business networking, which is now more important than ever as COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease and the UK starts to return to normality!

    Our sales and technical teams boast a wealth of experience and will be on hand over the course of the exhibition to provide extensive information surrounding our products and services.

    We can’t wait to see you all there and network face to face!

    Use the link below to register for your FREE visitor badge…

    https://chemuk2021.smartreg.co.uk/Visitors/Visitors/register?promoid=LIBRA

    For more information about Libra Speciality Chemicals and the fantastic products we offer, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • Reflecting on World Wellbeing Week

    As World Wellbeing Week comes to an end, it is paramount to recognise the importance of staff morale and wellbeing in the workplace.

    At Libra, we take pride in offering our staff support in any way that we can and we recognise the value of mental wellbeing support. We work alongside Able Futures to provide all of our staff with advice and guidance from mental health specialists.

    Libra Speciality Chemicals would like to take this opportunity to thank our devoted team for their consistent hard work.

    Call Able Futures free on 0800 321 3137 from 8am to 10.30pm, Monday to Friday to find out more about their online mental health support.

    For more information about Libra Speciality Chemicals and the fantastic products we offer, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • Regulatory Update: Is Your Company Prepared for Phase Two of Brexit?

    Now that Phase Two of Brexit is in full swing, it is important to make sure your organisation remains up to date with the changing regulatory landscape.

    Libra Speciality Chemicals Limited are legally based in the UK, importing and exporting products throughout Europe. As such we wish to ensure that Suppliers, Customers and Interested Parties in the UK/ EU are fully informed of our plans to guarantee full supply continuity and compliance with applicable EU & UK REACH regulations.

    All products supplied by Libra remain EU REACH compliant. Libra’s EU REACH registrations and our Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) notifications have all been transferred to our European based OR. We have also contacted our suppliers to confirm that the materials they supply to Libra remain registered/ compliant under EU REACH.

    The UK REACH regulation has now come into force and within the new regulatory framework, all EU REACH registrations currently held by UK companies were required to be carried across (“Grandfathered”) into the UK system by the end of April 2021. Libra completed the Grandfathering process of all our EU registrations, and we are working towards registering these under the timeline set out under the new UK REACH regulation.

    As Phase Two of Brexit develops, we will continue to work very closely with our non-UK suppliers to ensure that all relevant chemicals are EU REACH compliant and are still supported under the new UK regulatory system.

    Libra shall also submit downstream user notifications for all imported substances before the deadline of 27th October 2021.

    Throughout the Brexit process, we have consistently updated ourselves and our customers on regulatory changes – and we continue to prepare ourselves and our customers for the future.

    At Libra Speciality Chemicals, customer satisfaction is of paramount importance to us. The customer feedback we have received speaks for itself.

    ‘‘Complications for us surrounding Brexit seem to be less and less apparent, which we are happy about. Thanks for your patience and support during this very busy time!’’

    We cannot guarantee the path that Phase Two of Brexit will take, but we can guarantee to continue dealing with it in a professional and supportive manner.

    If you have any questions about product compliance or need advice, please get in touch with a member of our team.

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  • Product Blog: Librateric BA – 2-Ethylhexyl Imino Dipropionate

    Our Librateric BA series of salt free dipropionates differ from some conventional Amphoteric surfactants that can contain up to 7% salt. Amphoteric surfactants feature the intrinsic ability to change in charge from cationic via zwitterionic (net uncharged) to anionic, upon going from low to high pH.  Our Librateric BA series are extremely versatile and are compatible with a large variety of surfactants. They are stable at high temperatures, in acid and alkaline conditions and in high electrolyte formulations. At Libra, we understand the importance of sustainability. Because of this, our Librateric BA products are non-hazardous and environmentally friendly. The BA series meet the requirements of Nordic Swan Ecolabelling for car, boat and train care products.

    Our Librateric BA range consists of a series of low foam, salt free, amphoteric dipropionate surfactants, which act as hydrotropes and stabilisers in acidic and alkaline solutions containing nonionic surfactants. As well as this, our Librateric BA series also exhibits synergistic effects with nonionic surfactants, enabling the incorporation of low levels of surfactant in formulations.

    Librateric BA 40

    • Librateric BA 40 is a 40% concentrated Sodium amphoteric surfactant at ~ pH 8.5

    Librateric BA 60

    • Librateric BA 60 is a 60% concentrated Sodium amphoteric surfactant at ~ pH 6.5

    Librateric BA 70

    • Librateric BA 70 is a concentrated Potassium amphoteric surfactant at ~ pH 8.5

    Product Applications

    Our Librateric BA product range is recommended for industrial cleaning applications requiring low foaming. Applications include Industrial & Institutional Cleaning, Vehicle Cleaning, Food Industry Cleaning and Household & Institutional Hard Surface Cleaning.

    For more information about our Librateric range, or any of our other products, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • Libra Speciality Chemicals Are Official Members of the EOSCA!

    Earlier this month, Libra Speciality Chemicals attended the European Oilfield Speciality Chemicals Association (EOSCA) general meeting with the view to becoming a member. Tausif Patel, our Contract and Toll Manufacturing Sales Manager, did an exceptional job of pitching our membership proposal and we are now extremely proud to announce that we have been accepted!

    Affiliation to the EOSCA is a pivotal moment for Libra and we are extremely excited to draw on the experience of the EOSCA community so that we can move forward with our efforts to supply the Oil & Gas Market as a whole. With the support of the EOSCA, Libra Speciality Chemicals can contribute towards and instigate new product development that will not only be beneficial to us but will help towards EOSCA’s aims of improving the industry’s activities on the environment and the prevention of associated risks.

    Libra Speciality Chemicals look forward to seeing our relationship with the EOSCA progress.

    For more information about Libra Speciality Chemicals and the fantastic products we offer, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • Libratex MS3: Disodium Laureth Sulphosuccinate

    Libratex MS3

    Libratex MS3 is naturally based, which makes it suitable for use in a vast range of personal care applications. It generates a very dense foam which makes it an ideal component for use in shampoo and foam bath and body wash formulations. As well as this, Libratex MS3 produces a very mild product that is kind to skin and significantly reduces eye irritation, making it the perfect anionic surfactant for use in the personal care industry.

    About Libratex

    The Dioctyl Sulphosuccinate products in the Libratex Series are all sodium salts and are manufactured in several aqueous/solvent and solvent only carriers. This allows the flexibility and compatibility required for use in both aqueous and solvent formulations. These products are compatible with other anionic and non-ionic surfactants and may be used as raw materials in the manufacturing of a wide range of detergent products. The Libratex Series of products are soluble in a number of liquids from aqueous to organic solvents.

    Packaging

    Libratex MS3 is available in 200 kg drums and 1000 kg IBC’s.

    For more information about Libratex MS3, or any of our other products, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • UK/Australia ‘Free Trade’ Agreement Confirmed: A Word from Our Chairman & CEO

    Graham Royle, Libra’s Chairman & CEO commented: “The finalisation of a free trade agreement between the UK and Australia comes as fantastic news for British businesses, including Libra Speciality Chemicals. Whilst this is the first trade deal built from scratch since the UK’s departure from the EU, it is a definitive step closer to a ‘global’ Britain.”

    “Libra welcomes this agreement with open arms, enabling sales prospects with our wonderful friends and customers in Australia to continue to expand for our mutual prosperity.”

    Mr Royle continued: “Such global free trade deals are of paramount importance to Libra for both raw material supplies and sales to customers, and we look forward to reaping the benefits of similar free trade agreements in the near future, such as the very exciting potential of the UK joining the wider Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would deliver massive rewards to both Libra and our Pan-Asian based partners.”

    For more information about Libra Speciality Chemicals or any of our products, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.
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  • Clean Air Day 2021: Supporting a Greener Future

    Here at Libra Speciality Chemicals, we recognise the importance of creating and maintaining a stable and sustainable future. ‘Clean Air Day’ is coordinated by Global Action Plan and works to improve public understanding of air pollution and how it affects our health.

    Our Contribution

    Libra Speciality Chemicals continues to invest heavily in technology to make our manufacturing processes cleaner, greener, non-polluting and more energy efficient. We aim to introduce Green Chemistry with environmental sustainability built into our processes. We are regulated by the Environment Agency under the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control System, which monitors the ever-improving environmental impacts of our chemical manufacturing.

    Libra’s high-efficiency betaine plant, for example, is designed to minimise pollution during the manufacturing process by employing an efficient scrubbing process to capture and remove emissions.

    Green Chemistry

    We utilise the principles of Green Chemistry in our capital investments. This incorporates a series of ethical practices used to supply ‘green’ chemicals into the market.

    Libra Speciality Chemicals would like to take this opportunity to wish our customers, suppliers, and followers a Happy Clean Air Day!

    For more information about our extensive range of anti-pollution products, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • Librateric CAB30 B – Cocamidopropyl Betaine 30%

    With the demand for low environmental impact products at an all-time high, Libra Speciality Chemicals are proud to provide our customers with a vast range of naturally derived products.

    Librateric CAB30 B is a perfect example of this and is based on naturally derived, sustainable coconut oil.

    By using a hydrogenated coconut oil, our betaine has a light colour and mild odour.  It provides excellent viscosity building and foam boosting properties and contributes to mildness when used in surfactant formulations for personal care products. It can also be used in SLES free shampoo formulas as the primary surfactant to help cleanse the hair without affecting the colour.

    Librateric CAB30 B is stable and efficacious over a broad pH range and is compatible with both anionic and cationic surfactants. The product is preserved with 0.3% sodium benzoate and is pH balanced to ensure effective protection against potentially harmful microbial contamination.

    • The reactors in Libra’s multi-million pound betaine plant are made from special materials of construction, resulting in no iron contamination in the product from the reactor wall.
    • Librateric CAB30B has a free amine content of <0.3%, versus the industry norm of <0.5% which results in less irritancy in our customers finished product.
    • Free MCA, a raw material of Librateric CAB30B is <10ppm, compared to the industry norm of <20ppm, also resulting in less irritancy.
    • With Libra’s latest capital investment, there is an ability to produce 53,000tpa at full capacity.
    • Libra’s betaine tank farm has >1,000 tonnes storage capacity, making product readily available for all customers.
    • Fully automated manufacturing plant – Artificial Intelligent software responds to the process to continuously improve product quality.
    • Full automation means low labour costs – only one operator/shift to run this 53,000tpa plant. More price competitive.
    • Large reactors, up to 60 Tonnes per batch with high yield and energy efficiency. More price competitive.

    We recognise the importance of sustainability and take pride in assisting our customers to invest into a greener future. Librateric CAB30 B, like many of our other products, is readily biodegradable. No hazardous materials are produced during the production of Betaine. Our Betaine manufacturing facilities meet the standard required by the European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients (EFfCI), which helps to ensure that our surfactants are of the highest quality and are safe for personal use. Libra’s Integrated Management System meets the requirements of the ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14002:2015 and ISO45001:2018 standards.

    Packaging

    Librateric CAB30 B is available in bulk, 1000kg IBC’s and 200kg drums.

    For more information about Librateric CAB30 B or any of our other products, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • Libra Speciality Chemicals: Personal Care Products

    At Libra, we want to ensure that your finished product is a great success. To do this we have carefully selected our portfolio of products to support your formulations. We manufacture a variety of high-quality ingredients for the Personal Care market including Cosmetics, Toiletries, Hair Care, Skin Care & Sun Care.

    About Libra’s Personal Care Development

    All our personal care ingredients are developed onsite at our Manchester UK plant and analysed by a variety of techniques, including High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HLPC), Gas Chromatography (GC), Ion Chromatography (IC) and Potentiometric Titration.  Our manufacturing processes are carefully controlled and are continuously monitored during production.

    Examples of Our Personal Care Products

    Dioctyl Sulphosuccinates

    Libratex MS3 is compatible with other anionic and non-ionic surfactants and is used as a mild surfactant in hand, body care and baby care products.

    Quaternary Compounds

    Libraquat PQ7 is a cationic copolymer and is designed to condition hair and to give skin a smooth feel.

    Betaines

    Our market leading range of Librateric Betaines include both high and low active formulations made with either HCNO, PKO or refined fatty acid, with a variety of preservative systems to suit your formulatory needs.

    Alkyl Polyglucosides (APGs)

    The Libracare series is a range of non-ionic surfactants derived from renewable raw materials – fatty alcohols from coconut oil and palm kernel oil, and glucose from corn. These products are very mild, low in toxicity and readily biodegradable.

    Alkanolamides

    The Libranol series of coco diethanolamides offer a wide range of benefits, such as building viscosity, solubilisers, conditioning agents and foam modifiers.

    Libra Speciality Chemicals’ products ensure marketing leading quality, delivered globally at competitive prices.

    Packaging

    All our personal care products are available in 200 kg drums, 1000 kg IBC’s and bulk tankers.

    For more information about any of our personal care products, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

    Tel: +44 161 775 1888

    Email: sales@librachem.co.uk

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  • Libra Speciality Chemicals: Responsibly Sourced Palm Oil in Our New Low Salt Betaines

    At Libra Speciality Chemicals we are committed to providing you with quality, increasingly sustainable products. Our Green Chemistry commitment towards production is evidently shown via our accreditation to The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and our dedication to No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE).

    Who Are the RSPO?

    RSPO is global, multi-stakeholder initiative on certified sustainable palm oil products. Their principal objective is to ‘promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil through cooperation within the supply chain and open dialogue between its stakeholders’. The use of business-to-business communication means affiliated organisations can communicate to other organisations on the supply chain about either the presence of certified palm oil in its products, or that its products support the production of certified sustainable palm oil.

    What is NDPE?

    No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) is a policy that involves the ethical supply of natural resources for production. Commitment to this policy has resulted in positive transformational change throughout supply chains. It is vital that we focus on the NDPE approach and sustainable production for ourselves and for the future of our precious planet.

    Why Do We Promote Sustainable Palm Oil?

    The effects of unsustainable palm oil can be detrimental to the environment, causing habitat losses, deforestation, and pollution. Our aim is to continue to reduce the damaging effects of palm oil on the environment, whilst accommodating consumer demands. When purchasing raw materials within our supply chain we always look for sustainable, eco-friendly and naturally derived materials to use within our products.

    Our Sustainable Low Salt Betaine Products

    Libra’s brand new Low Salt Betaines are produced from C12-18 Fatty Acid, which is palm oil derived. Our experienced procurement team are able to source this essential raw material sustainably. This means that customers can be confident that they are making a meaningful contribution to the global drive for sustainable palm oil use and ethical production when purchasing their products from Libra.

    For more information about our extensive sustainable product ranges, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • Contract & Toll Mixing and Dispersion Facilities at Libra Speciality Chemicals

    At Libra Speciality Chemicals we aim to provide a total chemical manufacturing and supply solution to meet your company’s needs. Libra can provide a bespoke chemical manufacturing and supply solution service to an extensive range of industries around the globe. We are an official BCMPA member, a UK association for contract and toll manufacturers, meaning we are experts in providing efficient and cost-effective toll manufacturing solutions for businesses. For over 40 years we have honed and enhanced our expertise in the chemical industry, acquiring multiple accreditations, including top tier COMAH, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 9001:2015, ISO 45001:2018 and EFfCI (European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients).

    Here at Libra, we operate 15 general-purpose mixing vessels of 316 s/s as well as rubber-lined construction vessels. These range in capacity from 2.5m³ up to 60m³. We offer high shear mixing, heating, cooling and nitrogen ring main, meaning we can offer a full range of mixing services for aqueous and solvent blends.

    In this plant we currently perform:

    • Homogenisation
    • Solubilisation
    • Neutralisation
    • Solids dispersions
    • Acid and alkaline blending
    • Formulated blends
    • Solvent blends
    • Emulsification

    We offer extensive shearing and mixing capabilities including a 55Kw duplex shearer for high solids dispersions. Steam heating up to 150°C with atmospheric temperature cooling systems and bulk solids handling lead to a comprehensive mixing and dispersing capability.

    For more information about our contract & toll service, please get in touch.

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  • Libra Speciality Chemicals: HI&I Cleaning Products

    Libra Speciality Chemicals manufacture a wide range of ingredients for cleaning products. Our cleaning chemical formulations and technical advice can be used in Industrial Cleaning, Institutional Cleaning, Home Care, Car Care and Specialist Cleaning industries.

    Cleaning products using our ingredients include Washing up liquids, Car wax, TFR’s, Kitchen and Bathroom cleaners, Window cleaners, Disinfectants, Foaming products, Gel cleaners, CIP cleaners and many more.

    Libra Speciality Chemicals understands cleaning chemical formulations and offer a wide variety of multifunctional products with a range of properties to aid the formulator:

    • Corrosion Inhibition
    • Wetting
    • Hydrotropic Solubilisation
    • Foaming
    • Thickening
    • Chelating
    • Low foaming
    • De-foaming
    • Degreasing
    • Emulsification

    Libra products for Home, Industrial and Institutional Cleaning include:

    • Librateric – Amphoterics
    • Libranol – Alkanolamides
    • Libranone – Nonionics
    • Libranox – Amine Oxides
    • LibraCare – Alkyl Poly Glucosides
    • Libratex – Dioctyl Sulphosuccinates
    • Libraphos – Phosphate Esters

    For more information about Libra Speciality Chemicals and our fantastic HI&I cleaning products, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

    Libra Speciality Chemicals Ltd

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  • Libra Speciality Chemicals – Attending the EOSCA Conference

    The formation of the European Oilfield Speciality Chemicals Association (EOSCA) in 1990 came about because of the increasing regulatory requirements relating to the approval of offshore chemicals and drilling muds in the late 1980’s.

    The North Sea regulators had considered the E & P Forum to represent all the industry, and it was felt that the chemical suppliers and their end-users (the oil and gas operators) would have the same concerns. However, EOSCA managed to convince first the UK, then the Dutch and latterly the Norwegian regulators that there were positives from having another industry body representing the supply side of the industry when discussing regulations directly related to the supply, use and discharge of their chemicals.

    From these early beginnings, EOSCA has developed into a recognised and respected consultee in the oilfield chemical regulation field.  See some of the Current Projects EOSCA are working on.

    Libra Speciality Chemicals proudly produce a wide range of surfactants and speciality chemicals that have specific applications within the oil and gas industry and joining the EOSCA is within the best interest of our business.

    We produce low-salt betaines, phosphate esters, dioctylsulphosuccinates and alkyl Poly Glucosides that all have uses in the oilfield chemical industry.

    For more information about Libra Speciality Chemicals and the fantastic products we offer, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • Libratex DOS: High-Quality Sodium Dioctyl Sulphosuccinate

    About Libratex

    The Libratex series of anionic surfactants consists of dodecylbenzene sulphonic acid, its neutralised salts and dioctyl sulphosuccinates. These products are compatible with other anionic and non-ionic surfactants and may be used as raw materials in the manufacture of a wide range of detergent products. The Libratex Series of products are soluble in many liquids from aqueous to organic solvents.

    Why use Libratex Sodium Dioctyl Sulphosuccinates?

    Dodecylbenzene sulphonic acid is neutralised using several alkalis to form the salts in the Libratex Series. The salts exhibit a wide range of properties making them suitable for use in a variety of applications. The sodium salts have excellent detergency for use in cleaning formulations, whilst the ammonium and amine salts are excellent emulsifiers in water soluble systems.

    Libratex DOS

    Libratex DOS70PG is anionic in character and therefore compatible with other anionic and non-ionic surfactants. Libratex DOS70PG finds uses in aqueous systems as a dispersant for coatings, inks and in latex emulsions. Libratex DOS70PG may be used in conjunction with non-ionic surfactants to give improved high temperature stability.

    Packaging

    Libratex DOS 70PG is available in 200kg drums, 1000 kg IBCs and bulk road tanker.

    For more information about Libratex MS3 and its uses, or to request a technical data sheet, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • Libra Speciality Chemicals: High-Quality Surfactants for the Oil & Gas Industry

    Oil & Gas Industry

    Libra Speciality Chemicals proudly produce a wide range of surfactants and speciality chemicals that have specific applications within the oil and gas industry.

    A large proportion of the World’s remaining oil reserves are located in ever more challenging surroundings that are often areas of environmental sensitivity. Whilst more stringent environmental legislation continues to limit the use of many of the commonly applied products, the Libraphos range meets the exacting standards set by OSPAR and CEFAS.

    Librateric – Low Salt Betaines

    Low Salt Betaines are products that produce a dense, stable foam that can be used in the formulation of high alkalinity cleaning compounds for use on contaminated equipment. Libra’s new technology will produce betaines with ultra-low salt levels, as low as 0.05%. This makes them ideal for these types of cleaning compound where corrosion protection is essential.

    Libraphos – Phosphate Esters

    Libraphos is a range of phosphate ester-based anionic surfactants that exhibit excellent emulsifying, dispersing, lubricating and corrosion inhibition properties. This range of products are suited to downhole applications as they can provide both lubrication and corrosion inhibition for the drill head used.

    Libratex DOS – Dioctylsulphosuccinates

    Dioctylsulphosuccinates are excellent products for reducing surface tension and are therefore used as effective wetting agents. Libratex DOS can also be used in dewatering and dedusting in mineral processing as well as in emulsion polymerisation processes.

    LibraCare APG – Alkyl Poly Glucosides

    LibraCare APG 0810 and APG10 are alkyl polyglucoside based surfactants that are readily biodegradable and that are based upon renewable raw materials – coconut or palm kernel oil and corn. These products can be applied as corrosion inhibitors, well stimulators and in rig wash solutions.

    For more information about our products for the Oil & Gas Industry, or any of our others please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

     

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  • Low-Salt Betaine: The Future of Sulphate-Free Personal Care Formulations

    Our new, state of the art low-salt betaine plant

    Libra has cut ground on our latest multi-million-pound capital investment programme in Irlam, UK, continuing our commitment to the future of the UK chemical industry. Following on from the construction of our industry-leading betaine plant completed in 2019, we are now installing new technology to produce novel Low-Salt Betaines and expanding the capacity of our betaine plant from 32,000 tpa to 53,000 tpa. Libra’s new technology will produce betaines with ultra-low salt levels, typically < 0.5% salt.

    Why Low-Salt Betaine is better than Standard CAPB

    We believe our low-salt betaine could be the future primary surfactant of sulphate-free personal care formulations.

    Our new low-salt betaine contains just 10% of standard CAPB salt levels. This means that formulation inclusion levels can be increased up to ten times without exceeding the original salt level of the formulation. This also means that low-salt betaine could be used to replace sulphates in sulphate free personal care formulations.

    For more information about Libra Speciality Chemicals and the fantastic products we offer, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • Libra’s Premium Car Wash & Rinse formulation – Perfect for your Product!

    Summer is fast approaching, and sunny weather is on the horizon! When your customers are cleaning their vehicles, they are going to want a high-quality car wash product that leaves them looking like new.

    Libra Speciality Chemicals’ car wash and rinse formula delivers a next-level cleaning experience with unrivalled results. It is highly effective at breaking down dirt and road grime, without the need for harsh chemicals. Furthermore, it leaves a glossy, water repellent finish, with no need for handwashing. Using a combination of our own speciality chemicals, we can ensure that your customers’ vehicles will look cleaner than ever!

    Preparation procedure for total product

    1. Add water to the vessel.
    2. While gently stirring, slowly add citric acid and sodium hydroxide into the system.
    3. Mix with smooth mechanical agitation until completely dispersed and uniform, with a pH of 10.
    4. Slowly blend in Libraquat PQ7 and mix until uniform. Warm the system to 40 – 45 Celsius, blending with smooth mechanical agitation to achieve viscosity.
    5. Slowly blend in Libracare 0810-70 and mix until uniform.
    6. Add Librateric CAB to the system gradually, while stirring gently.
    7. Remove the heat and blend in Tensagex EOC628HPH, Libranone 916 and Librateric AA 30 sequentially until the mixture is clear.
    8. Add compatible perfume, dye(s), and preservative.
    9. Adjust the pH of the system to pH 10/11 with citric acid/sodium hydroxide solution (50% aqueous) as required.
    10. Mix gently for at least 30 minutes to reach final consistency.

     

    For more information about our premium car wash & rinse formula, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • Libranox CAP (Cocamidopropylamine oxide)

    About Libranox CAP Range

    Libranox CAP (Cocamidopropylamine oxide) is an excellent co-surfactant for mild, low irritancy applications such as shampoo and bubble bath products. It is compatible with most surfactants and provides viscosity control, foam boosting and excellent grease cutting in liquid dish wash formulations.

    It works as a conditioning agent and a surfactant. It also can boost the water solubility of other cleansing agents contained within a formulation. Its conditioning properties help improve the appearance of dry and damaged hair in personal care formulations.

    Libranox CAP exhibits synergistic effects when combined with anionic and other non-ionic surfactants.

    Why Choose Libra Speciality Chemicals

    The Libranox Amine Oxide range has low residual hydrogen peroxide, less than 800ppm, whilst the industry norm is 1500ppm. The finished product has a crystal clear ‘water white’ appearance, ensuring no need for additional colourant in the finished formulation.

    Libra Speciality Chemical’s tightly honed manufacturing process ensures that Libranox products are microbiologically pure, free from bacteria and other contaminants.

    Packaging

    The Libranox CAP range is available in 200kg drums, 1000kg IBCs and bulk road tankers.

    Libranox CAP can be supplied with two different active contents, a 30% active (Libranox CAP-30) and 36% active (Libranox CAP-36).

    To find out more about Libranox CAP-36, or any of our other products, please get in touch.

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  • Low Salt Betaine: Green Chemistry

    At Libra Speciality Chemicals we have undertaken measures to make our manufacturing processes greener in the production of our products. We measure ourselves against the green principles of chemistry; a series of 12 ethical practices used to provide green chemicals into the chemical market.

    Ethical practices being applied to the production of our extensive range of Betaines, including Low Salt Betaine.

    Real-time analysis

    To examine the quantity of DMAPA, glycolic acid and MCA in our manufactured products our technicians take samples for testing. The sample tests analyse if there are any unreacted materials in the product, the pH of the product and its concentration levels. This is a routine quality check process at Libra Speciality Chemicals and any samples not meeting our stringent credentials are adjusted to ensure compliance with our green culture. This ensures that our products are safe to the environment for when they enter water or air streams.

    Prevention of waste

    To prevent any waste, products including NaCl, Glycolic acid and Glycerine are kept in the solution and the ratios of DMAPA, and coconut oil are optimised.

    Designing safe chemicals

    No hazardous materials are produced during the production of Betaine. Our Betaine vessels comply with the European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients (EFfCI), which ensures that our surfactants are of the highest quality and are safe for personal use. Libra also complies with ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14002:2015.

    Accident Prevention

    To prevent accidents, we carry out regular risk assessments which comply with ISO 450001:2018 (the officially recognised body for international health and safety management) and Top-tier COMAH standards.

    Energy Efficiency

    Our Low Salt Betaine has a higher true active content % per Kg of product when compared to our standard grades of betaine. Low Salt Betaine has an active of between 34-35% compared to around 27.5% for standard CAPB.

    More active equals less water and the less water there is in the product, the less energy is required to transport and use the product during subsequent use. This results in a cheaper and greener process.

    CAB50 also has a low odour, is lighter in colour, high foaming, milder on the skin, has high moisturising effects and self-preserves, this is ideal for personal care applications.

    To find out more about green chemistry at Libra Speciality Chemicals, please get in touch.

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  • Mental Health Awareness Week

    Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 will take place from the 10th to the 16th of May; this year’s theme is nature and the environment. The evidence is clear that access to nature is crucial for our mental health and millions of people discovered this during the Covid 19 Lockdowns. There is a lot of good research to support the role nature can play in protecting and supporting our mental health. For many of us though, being in nature may not be as easy as it sounds. The good news is you don’t have to climb a mountain to feel the benefit – there are lots of simple ways to bring nature into your everyday.

    Mental Health Awareness Week is all about raising awareness and promoting better mental health.

    • 1 in 4 people experience mental health issues each year.
    • 1 in 6 workers will experience depression, anxiety or problems relating to stress at any one time.
    • It has been estimated that 91 million working days have been lost as a result of employees experiencing issues with mental wellbeing.

    Talking is one of the best ways we can look after our mental wellbeing but reaching out and starting a conversation about our mental wellbeing isn’t always an easy step.

    If you are experiencing issues that are affecting your mental health at work, Able Futures can help. They can give you advice and guidance from a mental health specialist who can help you look after yourself and learn coping mechanisms, build resilience, and access therapy. There is no cost to use this service, no waiting list and it’s completely confidential.

    Contact Able Futures free on 0800 321 3137 or visit www.able-futures.co.uk.

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  • Progress Update: Low Salt Betaines a Step Even Closer to Production at Libra!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Earlier this year, Libra Speciality Chemicals Ltd announced our latest multi-million-pound capital investment programme in Irlam, UK, to install new technology to produce novel low salt betaines, and to increase our betaines capacity to 50,000 tonnes per annum with the addition of two new reactors.

    We currently have half of our new tank farm in place ready to be commissioned. In total, Libra is adding an additional 865,000 litres of storage for our betaine products, including low-salt betaine.

    Recent progress includes the foundations for our second new weighbridge, dedicated to our betaine plant, tanker loading area and state of the art pumping system being installed. This will increase our manufacturing and logistic efficiencies providing our loyal customers with World Class customer service.

    We are very much on track to deliver our full capital investment project by the end of 2021.

    For more information about Libra Speciality Chemicals and the fantastic products we offer, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • Samples of Libra’s Novel Low Salt Betaines are flying out the door!

     

    The latest samples of ultra-low salt betaine are leaving site, on their way to formulators who are itching to get them into their laboratories.

    Libra’s latest product range gives formulators great freedom to include betaines at 10 -12% in their products, which results in fabulous efficacy, greater viscosity control, easier processing, and clearer water-white formulations.

    Market trends are away from sulphates containing “harsh” synthetic surfactants (alcohol and alcohol ether sulphates) and towards milder, greener, naturally derived and more sustainable surfactants

    Sulphates are associated with residual ppm levels of toxic 1,4 dioxane in personal care applications. Specifically, 1,4 dioxane will be banned in personal care products in the US during 2022.

    Sulphates are well known to strip natural oils from hair creating dryness, frizz and brittleness, as well stripping colour from dyed hair.

    Using low salt betaine in conjunction with other anionic surfactants offers excellent lathering and cleansing properties in many applications.

    Replacing sulphate with standard betaine at similar inclusion levels in formulation is difficult due to the high chloride electrolyte levels which adversely affect formulation. Libra’s low salt betaine removes this barrier and enables high levels of betaine inclusion with stable and clear formulations.

    For more information about Libra Speciality Chemicals and the fantastic products we offer, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • Libratex MS3 – Our Versatile Sulphosuccinate Personal Care Surfactant

    Libratex MS3

    Libratex MS3 is suitable for use in a wide range of personal care applications, due to it being naturally based. It generates a very dense foam which makes it an ideal component for use in shampoo, foam bath and body wash formulations. Libratex MS3 produces a very mild product that is kind to skin and reduces eye irritation, making it the perfect anionic surfactant for use in the personal care industry.

    About Libratex

    The dioctyl sulphosuccinate products in the Libratex Series are all sodium salts and are manufactured in several aqueous/solvent and solvent only carriers. This allows the flexibility and compatibility required for use in both aqueous and solvent formulations. These products are compatible with other anionic and non-ionic surfactants and may be used as raw materials in the manufacture of a wide range of detergent products. The Libratex Series of products are soluble in a number of liquids from aqueous to organic solvents.

    Packaging

    Libratex MS3 is available in 200 kg drums and 1000 kg IBC’s.

    For more information about Libratex MS3, or any of our other please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • Libra Speciality Chemicals – Contract & Toll Mixing & Dispersion Facilities

    About Contract & Toll

    At Libra Speciality Chemicals we aim to provide a total chemical manufacturing and supply solution to meet your company’s needs. Libra can provide a bespoke chemical manufacturing and supply solution service to an extensive range of industries around the globe. We are an official BCMPA member, a UK association for contract and toll manufacturers, meaning we are experts in providing efficient and cost-effective toll manufacturing solutions for businesses. For over 50 years we have honed and enhanced our expertise in the chemical industry, acquiring multiple accreditations, including top tier COMAH, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 9000:2015, ISO 45001 and EFfCI (European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients).

    Mixing & Dispersion

    In addition to our extensive selection of reactors, we have 15 general-purpose mixing vessels of 316 s/s and rubber lined construction available. These range in capacity from 2.5m³ up to 60m³. High shear mixing, heating, cooling, and nitrogen ring main ensure we can offer a full range of mixing services for aqueous and solvent blends.

    In our plant we currently perform:

    • Neutralisation
    • Amidation
    • Phosphation
    • Sulphamation
    • Saponification
    • Esterification
    • Oxidation
    • Carboxylation
    • Sulphation
    • Imidazolines
    •  Solubilisation
    •  Neutralisation
    • Solids dispersions
    • Acid and alkaline blending
    • Formulated blends
    • Solvent blends
    •  Emulsification
    • Homogenisation
    • And more…

    For more information about our contract & toll service, please get in touch.

    Libra Speciality Chemicals Ltd

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  • Libra Speciality Chemicals – Accredited to the Highest Standard of Health & Safety

    At Libra Speciality Chemicals, we are serious about continually improving employee safety, reducing workplace risks, and creating better, safer working conditions, which is why we are pleased to announce that we have upgraded our ISO 18001 accreditation to ISO 45001 accreditation.

    ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is an independent, non-governmental organization with a membership of 162 national standards bodies. Through its members, ISO brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market-relevant International Standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges. It is the globally recognised system for the control of occupational health and safety and enables us to improve our occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system. This helps us manage our OH&S risks and improve our OH&S performance by developing and implementing effective policies and objectives.

    ISO 45001 is the new safety management system and aligns with the 2015 updates to our ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 accreditations: focusing heavily on top-down management and engagement. These accreditations only help to boost our health and safety culture, whereby our employees are encouraged to take an active role in their own OH&S. High-quality safety management is a priority for all of us at Libra Speciality Chemicals.

    For more information about Libra Speciality Chemicals and the products we offer, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

     

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  • Libra Speciality Chemicals – Outstanding Young Talent Recognised at the Chemicals Northwest Awards!

    Libra Speciality Chemicals are delighted to announce that we have had great success at last night’s Chemicals Northwest Awards! We were overjoyed to see that our International Sales Manager, Anna Holroyd, won the Young Talent in the Chemical Industry Award! Our Marketing Executive, Jacob Wylde, was also “highly commended” for this award.

    Young Talent in the Chemical Industry Award 2021

    It gives us great pleasure to say that this category was dominated by the talented young individuals at Libra Speciality Chemicals with the Young Talent in the Chemical Industry Award being won by our International Sales Manager, Anna Holroyd.

    Throughout 2020, Anna excelled in her role as an internal account coordinator. In September, impressed with her performance, commercial acumen and drive, the management team awarded Anna her second internal promotion to become the new International Sales Manager at Libra. Anna has already made great strides into the International Market, proven by her acceptance of the International Trade Award on behalf of the company.

    A special commendation was also given to our Marketing Executive, Jacob Wylde. Jacob was hired by Libra Speciality Chemicals to conduct a placement year in industry as part of his university course. However, he soon exceeded the expectations of a placement student and affirmed himself as a crucial part of the commercial department thanks to his skills in marketing. With no previous experience in the chemical industry, Jacob quickly adapted to this new challenge and had an immediate positive effect on the company’s online presence and has continued to revolutionise Libra’s marketing strategy.

    Also shortlisted as a finalist was our incredible young engineer Sahd Hussain. Sahd joined Libra whilst studying for an MEng in Chemical Engineering with Energy at the University of Sheffield to complete a Year in Industry as part of his degree. Upon arrival, Sahd made an immediate impact in the Engineering department, by enthusiastically taking on any project or challenge faced and is now a valued member of the team. Using his skills in chemical engineering, Sahd has had a positive impact on site and is assisting in delivering a major capital project here at Libra.

    For more information about Libra Speciality Chemicals and the products we offer, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

     

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  • Libra Speciality Chemicals – Winner of the International Trade Award at the Chemicals Northwest Awards!

    Libra Speciality Chemicals are delighted to announce that we have had great success at last night’s Chemicals Northwest Awards! We were overjoyed to receive the International Trade Award!

    As well as accepting the International Trade Award, our International Sales Manager, Anna Holroyd, also won the Young Talent in the Chemical Industry Award! Our brilliant Marketing Executive, Jacob Wylde, was also “highly commended” for this award.

    International Trade Award 2021

    Due to global travel restrictions, Libra has cherished the value of digital interaction and have made the unique transition to virtual customer meetings and business reviews. Despite the challenge of time differences and lack of face-to-face interaction, Libra has strived to establish new relationships as well as nurture existing ones. Challenging impersonal email communications, our International Sales Manager, Anna Holroyd, virtually introduced our customers to different members of the team who would have otherwise not travelled with her for in-person meetings, enabling all parties to put a face to the name!

    Anna has also attended multiple digital exhibitions, including Sepawa and Chemspec, to discover new markets and promote the Libra brand in new territories; taking the opportunity to network with new contacts and meet with existing contacts, further building relationships.

    Anna attended multiple webinars offered through the digital exhibition platform to strengthen her market knowledge and learn about new and upcoming trends. This information has not only proven invaluable for Libra’s distributors, but has also allowed the marketing team to produce informative direct marketing content.

    We at Libra are extremely proud of Anna’s hard work in the international market and are over the moon with this award.

    We would like to thank everyone involved in planning the Chemicals Northwest award ceremony. We may not have been able to celebrate as we would in a pre-covid world, but we all had a very enjoyable evening, nonetheless.

    For more information about Libra Speciality Chemicals and the products we offer, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

     

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  • Libra Speciality Chemicals Celebrates its 50th Birthday with a Sensational Rebrand!

    Libra Speciality Chemicals are delighted to announce that we are 50 years old this month and growing at a faster rate than at any time in our history.

    In the last 10 years we have tripled our turnover, doubled our workforce and invested >£10m in new chemistry, technology, talent and manufacturing capability and we are privileged to supply our products to customers all around the globe.

    So, what about the next 50 years?

    Our intensive investments continue, and we decided that it would be great to refresh our branding to reflect our sophisticated and technologically advanced business as we head through the 2020’s.

    Our new logo features a contemporary design, incorporating our commitment to Green Chemistry and environmental sustainability, integrated with the oval of our previous logo in homage to our long history. The colour scheme is shared with our sister company, Expac (Preston) Ltd, helping to create brand synergy with a consistent look across the GRI Group’s manufacturing businesses.

     

    Our Chairman & CEO, Graham Royle, had this to say about our exciting re-brand:

    “I am delighted today to launch Libra’s new brand and I hope you will enjoy the new breath of life we are creating for our future.”

    – Graham Royle, Chairman & CEO, GRI Group Ltd.

     

    For more information about Libra Speciality Chemicals and the products we offer, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

     

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  • Libra Speciality Chemicals – Contract & Toll Reaction Facilities

    About Contract & Toll

    At Libra Speciality Chemicals we aim to provide a total chemical manufacturing and supply solution to meet your company’s needs. Libra can provide a bespoke chemical manufacturing and supply solution service to an extensive range of industries around the globe. We are an official BCMPA member, a UK association for contract and toll manufacturers, meaning we are experts in providing efficient and cost-effective toll manufacturing solutions for businesses. For over 40 years we have honed and enhanced our expertise in the chemical industry, acquiring multiple accreditations, including top tier COMAH, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 9000:2015, ISO18001:2007 and EFfCI (European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients).

    Reaction Facilities

    We currently have 15 reactors of 316 s/s construction available in a range of capacities from 10m3 to 30m3, pressure ratings to 5 bar and full vacuum with steam and thermal oil heating. ATEX equipment and Zone 1 design enables us to process a wide range of chemical reactions subject to REACH authorisation.

    Reactions we currently perform:

    • Neutralisation
    • Amidation
    • Phosphation
    • Sulphamation
    • Saponification
    • Esterification
    • Oxidation
    • Carboxylation
    • Sulphation
    • Imidazolines

    A selection of 10, 14, 25 and 30m³ reactors gives a total of 135m³ of high-pressure reaction capacity with ratings up to 5 Bar and full vacuum.

    Features

    • Variable speed agitation throughout with anchor, axial and turbine impellers.
    • Heating with steam up to 150°C and 300°C with thermal oil.
    • QVF vacuum distillation with receiver vessels, and atmospheric water-cooling systems.
    • Activated carbon and acid/alkali scrubber systems.
    • Vessel reaction monitoring systems to ensure complete control during production.

     

    For more information about our contract & toll service, please get in touch.

    Tel: +44 161 775 1888

    Email: sales@librachem.co.uk

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  • Contract & Toll Mixing and Dispersion Facilities at Libra Speciality Chemicals

    At Libra Speciality Chemicals we aim to provide a total chemical manufacturing and supply solution to meet your company’s needs. Libra can provide a bespoke chemical manufacturing and supply solution service to an extensive range of industries around the globe. We are an official BCMPA member, a UK association for contract and toll manufacturers, meaning we are experts in providing efficient and cost-effective toll manufacturing solutions for businesses. For over 40 years we have honed and enhanced our expertise in the chemical industry, acquiring multiple accreditations, including top tier COMAH, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 9000:2015, ISO18001:2007 and EFfCI (European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients).

    Here at Libra, we operate 15 general-purpose mixing vessels of 316 s/s as well as rubber-lined construction vessels. These range in capacity from 2.5m³ up to 60m³. We offer high shear mixing, heating, cooling and nitrogen ring main, meaning we can offer a full range of mixing services for aqueous and solvent blends.

     

    In this plant we currently perform:

    • Homogenisation
    • Solubilisation
    • Neutralisation
    • Solids dispersions
    • Acid and alkaline blending
    • Formulated blends
    • Solvent blends
    • Emulsification

    We offer extensive shearing and mixing capabilities including a 55Kw duplex shearer for high solids dispersions. Atmospheric temperature cooling systems with Steam heating up to 150°C  and bulk solids handling lead to a comprehensive mixing and dispersing capability.

    For more information about our contract & toll service, please get in touch.

    Tel: +44 161 775 1888

    Email: sales@librachem.co.uk

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  • Libra’s Investment in Internal Talent

    At Libra Speciality Chemicals, we place great importance in the development of our personnel. We strive to support our existing workforce through a multitude of training and coaching programmes no matter what sector of the business they operate in.

    An excellent example of this is the training currently being undertaken by Simone Hickey, a member of our finance department. Simone is currently studying for a CIMA qualification to become a Chartered Accountant whilst working at the company. Simone is progressing excellently with her CIMA qualification and is delighted that Libra are supporting her studies.

    “Working whilst studying goes hand in hand, as I can apply the theory directly to practice especially within the management accounting tasks, I currently undertake. I have already learnt so much about costings and stock which is something I had not previously had experience within the service sector, which has improved my understanding of costings and the importance of stock. I am excited to delve further into the second level of the exam syllabus and gain more understanding of setting budgets and looking at variances against forecasts and actual results.” ­

    – Simone Hickey, Accountant.

    Furthermore, long-standing buyer, Melanie Nunn, is in the process of becoming a member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS). CIPS, as the professional body for the procurement and supply profession, is using its global standard, network, education, expertise, and charter for public good to ensure that procurement and supply chain professionals like Mel have the capabilities and responsibility to deliver sustainability goals.

     

     

    For more information about Libra Speciality Chemicals, or any of our products, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • Libranox AO 12/14 – High Quality Amine Oxide

    About Libranox AO 12/14

    Libranox AO12/14 is compatible with a variety of surfactants and provides excellent viscosity control, foam boosting, and grease-cutting properties in many formulations. Libranox AO12/14 exhibits synergistic effects when formulated into both anionic and non-ionic surfactant systems. It is also stable in both acidic and alkaline formulations. Additionally, Libranox AO12/14 creates dense clinging foam when injected into highly alkaline surface cleaners.

    Uses of Libranox AO12/14

    Libranox AO 12/14 can be applied to cleaning products, they perform as excellent detergents, as well as providing excellent foam boosting and foam stabilising properties. It is often used to provide viscosity and strong cleaning powers and is extensively used with both sodium hypochlorite and hydrogen peroxide to produce bleach-based products. The series produces a dense, stable foam which can be used in the formulation of high alkalinity cleaning compounds. It is used in industrial cleaning, once the product is sprayed on to contaminated equipment the amine oxide allows for excellent adhesion to the surface, providing an extended dwell time as required.

    Why you should choose Libranox AO12/14

    • Features microbiologically pure (high purity) water.
    • Undetectable levels of residual nitrosamine (<50ppb), which is classed as a carcinogen.
    • Crystal clear ‘water-white’ product, ensuring there is no need for extra colourant in the finished formulation.
    • Very low free amine <0.5% (industry norm is <1.0%), meaning the product has lower irritancy.
    • Low residual hydrogen peroxide. <800ppm (industry norm is <1500ppm).

    Packaging

    Libranox AO12/14 is available in 200kg drums, 1000 kg IBCs and bulk road tankers.

    For more information about Libranox AO 12/14 or any other products in the Libranox range, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

     

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  • Multi-Million Pound Investment in New Technology to Make Novel Low Salt Betaines to Replace Sulphates

    Libra Speciality Chemicals are delighted to announce that we have cut ground on our latest multi-million-pound capital investment programme in Irlam, UK, continuing our commitment to the future of the UK chemical industry.

    Following on from the construction of our industry-leading betaine plant in 2019, we are now:

    • Installing new technology to produce novel low salt betaines.
    • Expanding the betaine plant capacity from 32ktpa to 50ktpa to meet demand.

    Low Salt Betaines

    With the rapidly increasing shift away from sulphates, our customers are seeking to formulate handwash, body wash and hair care products with alternative surfactants that give better efficacy.

    Sulphates, such as SLES, are increasingly suffering from negative press and increasing legislation concerned with residual levels of 1,4 dioxane, ethylene oxide and also sulphate. There are also other reasons why formulators want to move away from SLES – it is a skin sensitiser, it can cause the skin to become dry, it can strip out oils in the hair leaving it dry and damaged and it can affect dyed hair.

    Betaines are well known for excellent detergency and foam boosting properties and do not suffer from the problems listed for SLES. However, standard betaines contain c6% salt, which causes major issues with viscosity control in formulations, limiting the inclusion levels to c2%.

    Libra’s new technology will produce betaines with ultra-low salt levels, typically 0.5% salt (but can even be 0.05%), giving formulators great freedom to include betaines at 10 -12%, offering the opportunity to make fantastic new products for the coming years.

    Capital Investment

    This project will include:

    • An additional 40,000-litre reactor to make the betaine CAPA intermediate (cocamidopropylamine).
    • An additional 60,000-litre reactor to make the finished betaine products.
    • A new high-capacity tank farm, adding an additional 865,000 litres of storage for products, and weighbridge complex dedicated to our betaine plant.
    • A complex system of plant to desalt the betaines to produce an exciting new range of low salt betaines available for formulators.

    For more information about Libra Speciality Chemicals and the products we offer, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

    Libra Speciality Chemicals Ltd

    Tel: +44 161 775 1888

    Email: sales@librachem.co.uk

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  • Libraphos – Market Leading Phosphate Esters

    About Libraphos

    Phosphate esters are based on alcohols, aromatic ethoxylates or alcohol ethoxylates. The Libraphos series of free-acid phosphate esters from Libra Speciality Chemicals are anionic surfactants, suitable for use in a wide range of applications and industries. The Libraphos series of free acid phosphate esters are 100% active anionic surfactants.

    Libraphos phosphate esters are manufactured by either a polyphosphoric acid route giving predominantly monoesters or by a phosphorous pentoxide route to give predominantly di-esters. These phosphate esters can then be neutralised to achieve a variety of salts. The Libraphos series of surfactants may be used in several applications due to their stability at high temperatures or in acidic or alkaline conditions. These attributes offer significant advantages over other surfactants.

    Why choose Libraphos Phosphate Esters

    Boasting a broad range of performance functions, products in the Libraphos portfolio are designed to give specific properties, depending on the hydrophobe, phosphating agent and molar ratios used. These properties can determine the selection of Libraphos products for use, for example, in hydrotropes, corrosion inhibitors, lubricants and antistatics.

    Products from the Libraphos Series may be selected to perform a range of functions including:

    • Detergency
    • Emulsification
    • Foaming
    • Dispersing
    • Wetting
    • Antifoaming

    Packaging

    All products in the Libraphos series are available in 200kg drums, 1000kg IBCs and bulk road tankers.

     

    For more information about Libraphos or to request a technical data sheet, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

    Libra Speciality Chemicals Ltd

    Tel: +44 161 775 1888

    Email: sales@librachem.co.uk

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  • Libra Speciality Chemicals – Expert Chemical Contract & Toll Manufacturing

    At Libra Speciality Chemicals we aim to provide a total chemical manufacturing and supply solution to meet your company’s needs.

    Libra can provide a bespoke chemical manufacturing and supply solution service to an extensive range of industries around the globe. We are an official BCMPA member, a UK association for contract and toll manufacturers, meaning we are experts in providing efficient and cost-effective toll manufacturing solutions for businesses. For over 40 years we have honed and enhanced our expertise in the chemical industry, acquiring multiple accreditations, including top tier COMAH, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 9000:2015, ISO18001:2007 and EFfCI (European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients).

    Our team of specialists tailor the process for each of our customer’s requirements to achieve a cost-effective technical and production process solution. Our contract & toll customers obtain comprehensive support from our processing, commercial, technical, regulatory compliance, and logistics departments; we believe our high standard of customer service is key to achieving performance and quality.

    Our contract and toll customers operate in a variety of industries, including:

    • Personal Care and Beauty Care
    • HI&I
    • Oil & Gas
    • Agrochemicals
    • Water Treatment
    • Metalworking
    • Pharmaceutical

    All our Contract and Toll services are undertaken with the strictest confidence, including NDAs when required. These services include:

    • Reaction Facilities
    • Mixing, Blending and Dispersion Facilities
    • Wax and Oil Dispersion Facilities
    • Solids Handling, Mixing and Repacking Facilities
    • Contract Filling and Packing
    • Bulk Storage Facilities
    • Bespoke Plant Installations
    • Filtration and Product Improvement initiatives
    • Laboratory QC and Product Development
    • Contract filling and packing

    Our flexible material handling, storage and packing service means we can package materials into a range of containers;  from 5 litre packs up to bulk tankers using our filling stations. Our site is fully equipped to receive and dispatch bulk materials using our on-site weighbridge and loading systems.

    In addition to this, we provide many value-added services to support our customers, including transportation services, an environmentally friendly waste management programme, warehousing, regulatory and compliance management services.

    For more information about our contract & toll service, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

    Tel: +44 161 775 1888

    Email: sales@librachem.co.uk

    Web: www.librachem.co.uk

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  • Libra Speciality Chemicals – Proud UK Distributor of KLK Tensachem Products

    Libra Speciality Chemicals are the proud distributor of Tensachem’s range of market-leading anionic surfactants in the UK. With a wide range of products that complement Libra’s own range of manufactured surfactants, our enduring partnership with Tensachem is one which brings fantastic value to our customers.

    Belgium-based Tensachem has been a major European producer of anionic surfactants used in the personal care,  home care and industrial sectors for more than 50 years. Their product portfolio finds a wide range of applications in hair care, skincare and cleansing, as well as in the home care sector for liquid and powder detergents.

    One of the most popular Tensachem product ranges we offer is Tensagex, a solution of sodium lauryl ether sulphate (SLES) based on natural alcohol and containing 27% or 70% active, high or low pH, preserved or unpreserved, depending on the variant. Tensagex is used in soap & bath products, hair products, skincare, colour cosmetics, fragrances, homecare and cleaning industries.

    The Tensopol range of sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS)  is often used in conjunction with SLES and can be used in a variety of applications including personal care, hard surface cleaners, disinfectants, carpet cleaning, hand gel cleaners and foam cleaners.

    For more information about our partnership with Tensachem or any of the products they offer, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • Kosher Passover Certification at Libra Speciality Chemicals

    At Libra Speciality Chemicals we pride ourselves on being adaptable enough to cater to all our customers’ needs. Our formula for success has been, and will continue to be total customer satisfaction; it is the driving force behind everything we do.

    A great example of this is our longstanding Kosher Passover certification. We operate a 55,000-litre reactor that is Kosher Passover certified, allowing us to manufacture Kosher products for global distribution. We enjoy working with BIR Badatz to ensure that all regulations are met in order for our products to be classified as Kosher Passover.

    Rabbi Danny Moore from BIR Badatz commented “We have built up an excellent working relationship with Libra over the years. We at BIR Badatz are very proud to be providing Kosher certification of the highest standard to Libra thus enabling them to sell their world-class products to companies producing world-famous brands. This gives them a well-deserved edge over their competitors. Clients often say if you can do Kosher then you can do anything.”

    Hanukkah Sameach!

    For more information about our Kosher capabilities, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • LibraCare  APGs – Naturally Derived Non-Ionic Surfactants

    About Libracare Alkyl Polyglucosides (APGs)

    The Libracare APG series are a range of non-ionic surfactants derived from 100% renewable raw materials, like fatty alcohols from coconut and palm kernel oils, and glucose from corn. These products are very mild, low in toxicity and readily biodegradable. The synergistic effects of LibraCare APG series combined with other commonly used surfactants yield a performance improvement that can be the basis for a reduction of surfactant content, whilst maintaining performance level.

    Our Libracare APG range features excellent wetting and dispersing properties as well as being able to produce a rich and stable foam. Our products are compatible with all other types of surfactants which often results in synergistic effects including an improvement in the mildness of formulations; they are also stable and soluble in highly caustic systems.

    Libracare Products

    Libracare product variants include:

    • APG 06
    • APG 08
    • APG 0810
    • APG 0814
    • APG 1214

    Applications of LibraCare

    LibraCare’s excellent compatibility with other surfactants, low toxicity, low skin irritation and biodegradability makes them useful components to use in products that need stable foam, low streaking, and no filmy residue. LibraCare APGs excel in the following fields:

    Personal Care Shampoo – body wash, creams & lotions.

    HI&I Cleaning – household, hard surface, all-purpose, machine dishwashing.

    Agrochemicals – soil wetting agent, systemic adjuvants.

    Textiles – sourcing agents.

    Packaging

    LibraCare APGs are available in 200kg drums, 1000kg IBCs and bulk road tanker.

    For more information about LibraCare APG’s and their uses, or to request a technical data sheet, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • Libra Speciality Chemicals – Proudly Distributing Kolb Ethoxylates for 35 years

    Libra Speciality Chemicals have been the proud distributor of Kolb’s range of ethoxylates in the UK for an impressive 35 years. With a wide range of products that complement Libra’s own range of manufactured surfactants, our enduring partnership with Kolb is one which brings tremendous value to our customers.

    Kolb is part of the multinational company KLK (Kuala Lumpur Kepong) and manufactures non-ionic surfactants, paper process chemicals and chemical intermediates. The company processes natural and synthetic raw materials into high-quality products at its production sites in Switzerland and the Netherlands.

    Kolb produces chemicals for multiple industries, including home care, pharmaceutical, water treatment, paper, and performance chemicals. They manufacture a number of non-ionic surfactants based on both natural and synthetic alcohols, as well as other speciality non-ionic surfactants. Kolb also produces several anionic and catatonic surfactants. Their newest product range, Greenbentin™, features an excellent range of non-ionic surfactants based on natural alcohols. Their most popular range, however, is their Imbentin series of non-ionic surfactants based on synthetic alcohols. These products are formulated by customers in final products like detergents and shampoos, agricultural and construction chemicals, textile, pulp and paper products, lubricants, and metalworking fluids.

    For more information about our partnership with Kolb or any of the products they offer, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • Libratex MS3 – A Versatile Personal Care Surfactant

    About Libratex MS3

    Libratex MS3 is suitable for use in a wide range of personal care applications, due to it being naturally based. It generates a very dense foam which makes it an ideal component for use in shampoo, foam bath and body wash formulations. Libratex MS3 produces a very mild product that is kind to skin and reduces eye irritation, making it the perfect anionic surfactant for use in the personal care industry.

    Recommended inclusion levels are in the range of 2 – 20% depending on the application.

    Packaging

    Libratex MS3 is available in 200 kg drums and 1000 kg IBC’s.

    For more information about Libratex MS3 and its uses, or to request a technical data sheet, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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    Email: sales@librachem.co.uk

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  • Libranol CDG: High-Quality Foam Booster & Stabiliser

    About Libranol CDG

    If you’re looking for a non-ionic surfactant that is compatible with most surfactant types to incorporate into your products, Libranol CDG is exactly what you need. Libranol is a high-quality alkanolamine, a chemical compound that contains amino (-NH, -NHR, and -NR) and hydroxyl (-OH). The compound is a viscous liquid which produces moderate foam, as well as excellent wetting and thickening properties making it useful for a variety of applications.

    It has applications within the personal care industry, in products such as shampoo and other soaps; as well as a variety of cleaning products in the household, industrial, and institutional cleaning sectors due to its foam boosting, stabilising and viscosity modifying effects when used with ether sulphates and other anionic surfactants in liquid formulations. Libranol CDG is also an excellent solubilising agent for perfumes and essential oils.

    Packaging

    Libranol CDG is available in 200kg drums, 1000kg IBCs and bulk road tanker.

    For more information about Libranol CDG and its uses, or to request a technical data sheet, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • UK ChemOnline 2020

    The UK Department for International Trade, supported by ChemUK, is launching its own virtual chemical trade show this year. Libra Speciality Chemicals are pleased to announce that we will be attending this digital exhibition, UK ChemOnline, this November 19th-20th. Despite the postponement of many in-person exhibitions due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we can still offer consumers the opportunity to learn more about our products thanks to UK ChemOnline.

    Chem UK stated, “We are pleased to offer a virtual booth for up to 100 UK companies to showcase their products and services and also to hold meetings with other UK chemical companies, representatives from DIT offices in British Embassies, Consulates and High Commission across the globe; as well as potential overseas buyers.”

    Libra’s chemical experts will be able to give you advice and information on the applications for any of our products. Visitor registration for UK ChemOnline is now open; if you don’t yet have your tickets for this exciting event, you can find them here:

    https://ditukchemonline.online-event.co/registration/dit-uk-chem-online-2

    To find out more about Libra Speciality Chemical’s products, please get in touch with a member of our sales team or visit our website.

    Libra Speciality Chemicals Ltd

    Email: sales@librachem.co.uk

    Tel: +44(0) 161 775 188

    Website: http://www.librachem.co.uk/

     

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  • Libramul IPA – The Best Emulsifier for your Products

    About Libramul IPA

    Libramul IPA is a high-quality anionic surfactant that can be used in a variety of industries. It is an amine salt and functions as an emulsifying agent for organic solvents, waxes, and mineral oils. In an agricultural setting, Libramul IPA performs as an excellent emulsifiable concentrate and suspension concentrate. This makes Libramul IPA great at emulsifying pesticides. This product can also be used in cleaning products. It is especially suitable for the manufacture of emulsion degreasers and kerosene-based hand cleaning gels. Libramul IPA excels at providing cleaning power in non-aqueous formulations.

    Packaging

    Libramul IPA is available in 200kg drums, 1000kg IBCs and bulk road tankers.

    For more information about Libramul IPA and its uses, or to request a technical data sheet, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

    Libra Speciality Chemicals Ltd

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  • Chemspec Digital Exhibition 2020

    Libra Speciality Chemicals are pleased to announce that we will be attending the Chemspec Digital exhibition this November 11th-12th. Despite the postponement of Chemspec Europe due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we can still offer consumers the opportunity to learn more about our products thanks to Chemspec Digital.

    Chemspec Digital 2020 is a new online meeting place for the global fine and speciality chemicals community. The platform offers participants matchmaking facilities to conduct business meetings as well as webinars and further digital content for the exchange of knowledge and expertise.

    Chemspec Digital 2020 is a two-day event packed with interactive opportunities to meet, conduct business, discover innovative substances and hear about trends and developments all on a specifically designed digital platform.

    Libra’s chemical experts will be able to give you advice and information on the applications for any of our products. Visitor registration for Chemspec Digital 2020 opens on 28th October 2020 and is free-of-charge until two days before the event. If you don’t yet have your tickets for this exciting event, you can find them here: https://www.chemspeceurope.com/2021/english/digital-2020/register/.

    Follow this link to arrange a meeting with one of our chemical experts: https://chemspec.eventnetworking.com/company/1606967

    To find out more about Libra Speciality Chemical’s products, please get in touch with a member of our sales team or visit our website.

    Email: sales@librachem.co.uk

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  • National Chemistry Week – Libra’s Achievements in the Chemical Industry

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    To celebrate National Chemistry Week, we at Libra would like to detail our positive impact on the chemical industry and what we have achieved in just under half a century since we started our mission to be a leading UK chemical manufacturer and global distributor of surfactants and speciality industrial chemicals.

    Since our founding, we have been setting the standards in the provision of high-quality products and services to the chemical industry. Our formula for success has been and will continue to be total customer satisfaction; it is the driving force behind everything we do.

    Libra Speciality Chemicals have been providing high-quality products and services to the chemical industry since 1971. Since then, we have invested heavily in continuous improvements, including a 5-acre site and several major multimillion capital investment programmes to build a World Class plant, laboratories, warehouses, and offices to meet the growing demands of our customers.

    We continue to implement an impressive strategy of more chemistry on the plant, serving more industries in more geographies. As such, Libra products can be found all over the world in diverse applications ranging from shampoo to oil extraction!

    In doing so, we pay close attention to protecting our people and the environment, as well as looking after quality and service. As such, we are accredited to OHSAS18000, ISO14001, ISO9001, EFfCi, RSPO and we operate a highly controlled Top Tier COMAH site.

    We believe that we have an obligation to make a positive contribution to society by minimising any negative impacts our operations have on the environment. Our commitment to the environment is longstanding and we are busy implementing numerous anti-pollution initiatives, both on-site and in the chemistry of our products. For example, 100% of our electricity supply is from renewable energy, certified with a zero-emissions rating.

    For more information about Libra Speciality Chemicals and the products we offer, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

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  • Libranone: Market Leading Non-Ionic Ethoxylates

    About Libranone

    Our outstanding Libranone series contains a range of non-ionic surfactant dilutions alongside a number of formulated products for use in a wide range of industrial applications including:

    • Pigment dispersants
    • Inks and coatings
    • Agriculture
    • Building & Construction
    • HI&I Cleaning

     

    We have a continued commitment to reducing pollution at Libra Speciality Chemicals and as such, our range of Libranone products are a more environmentally acceptable alternative to commonly used alkyl phenol ethoxylates.

    Why chose Libra Speciality Chemicals to manufacture your Non-Ionic Ethoxylates

    Here at Libra, we offer a range of bespoke formulations to suit your needs. Based on aqueous and solvent dilutions; we can lower the pour point and reduce the tendency to separate at low temperatures. This is particularly useful where products have high melting points and can be difficult to handle during wintery conditions. At this time of year, this feature is certainly useful.

    Libranone product variants include: 9 Series, C Series,12/14 series,13 series, EA series, LF series, P4 series

    For more information about our range of Libranone Non-Ionic Ethoxylates, or to request a technical data sheet, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

     

    Libra Speciality Chemicals Ltd

    Tel: +44 161 775 1888

    Email: sales@librachem.co.uk

    Web: www.librachem.co.uk

     

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  • Why Libradet Is the Answer to Your Formulated Product Needs

    Libradet 40 & Libradet 55

    Libra Speciality Chemicals’ Libradet formulated products utilise a synergetic blend of surfactants and foam stabilisers. Libradet has an excellent ability to create a high foaming product with a consistent bubble size. This feature makes Libradet an exemplary choice for the production of lightweight foamed concrete. Inclusion of Libradet 40 in concrete blends can assist in the creation of high-quality, low-cost, and lightweight concrete beams, blocks, and panels.  This, however, is not the only application for our versatile range of products.

    Our Libradet series can also be used in:

    • Detergent and cleaning chemical concentrates
    • Pigment Dispersants
    • Inks & Coatings
    • Construction

    Why Libradet?

    Products in the Libradet series contain a range of formulated ingredients for use in a wide range of applications. We often develop these products with customers to fulfil the specific requirements of their application. Libra offers a varied range of Performance Concentrates to assist customers in the handling of individual raw materials and complex processes. Based on aqueous and solvent formulations these products can be diluted and easily used.

    For more information about our range of Libradet formulated products, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

    Libra Speciality Chemicals Ltd

    Tel: +44 161 775 1888

    Email: sales@librachem.co.uk

    Web: www.librachem.co.uk

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  • Libra’s Premium Car Wash & Rinse Formula

    Winter is well and truly here, with snow being regularly forecast across the country;  this means only one thing for your car. Salty, gritted, messy roads and fallen foliage leaving dirty marks on your paintwork and wheels.

    Libra Speciality Chemical’s high-quality car wash and rinse formula delivers a next-level cleaning experience with unrivalled results. It is highly effective at breaking down dirt and road grime, without the need for harsh chemicals.

    Furthermore, it leaves a glossy, water repellent finish, with no need for handwashing. Using a combination of our own speciality chemicals, we can help to ensure that your vehicle will look cleaner than ever!

    For more information about our premium car wash & rinse formula, please get in touch with a member of our sales team.

    Libra Speciality Chemicals Ltd

    Tel: +44 161 775 1888

    Email: sales@librachem.co.uk

    Web: www.librachem.co.uk

     

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  • Blossoming Talent at Libra Speciality Chemicals – Internal Promotions

    At Libra Speciality Chemicals, we aim to provide the highest level of customer service and product quality in the global surfactants industry. Alongside this, we always strive to nurture and develop our internal talent, which is why we are pleased to announce that there have been three internal promotions this week at the Libra offices. We firmly believe that these internal promotions will further enhance our ability to achieve our goals and put more emphasis on our key focus of being a Commercially driven, Customer focussed business.

    This series of internal promotions see Dr Rob Wiles promoted to the newly created role of Technical Services Director. Upon receiving his promotion, Rob stated: “I am very honoured and flattered to be appointed the new Technical Services Director at Libra Speciality Chemicals Ltd and I am looking forward to developing and growing the business with a fantastic team of people.”

    Former International Sales Manager, Jon Dutton, has been promoted to the newly created role of Director of Sales & Marketing. In this new role, Jon will oversee the full commercial process, ensuring that Libra continue to provide superior customer service. Jon said “I’m very thankful for being given the opportunity to lead and inspire the commercial team at Libra. I’m delighted to be taking on the challenge and showcasing Libra’s core values, providing world-class service, and promoting market-leading products.”

    Finally, Anna Holroyd has been promoted to International Sales Manager. Despite only being part of the Libra family for a short amount of time, Anna excelled in her previous role in the company, earning herself a well-deserved promotion. “I am extremely thrilled to have been promoted to International Sales Manager at Libra Speciality Chemicals” Anna stated upon receiving her promotion.  “I am honoured to work for a company who nurture and develop internal talent and am looking forward to the future whilst continuing to drive Libra’s global strategy.”

     

    For more information about Libra Speciality Chemicals and the products we offer, please visit our website, or get in touch with a member of our team.

    Website: http://www.librachem.co.uk/

    Email: sales@librachem.co.uk

    Tel: +44(0) 161 775 1888

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  • Libra Continue to Manufacture and Supply High-Quality Librasan Hand Sanitiser in Bulk.

    Librasan hand sanitiser gel is formulated to effectively cleanse hands and kill 99.99% of bacteria as well as many types of viruses that may be lingering on the surface of the skin, including Covid-19.

    Libra offers 2 variants in our product range, each containing 70% alcohol for effective sanitisation. This concentration will kill many types of virus by dissolving their fat membranes and destroying the protein envelope that surrounds some viruses, including coronavirus. It also kills 99.99% of bacteria.

    Librasan 70B

    Librasan 70B is our standard hand sanitiser formulation, containing 70% v/v ethanol. It has been thoroughly tested against the BS EN 1276:2019, BS EN 1500:2013 and BS EN 14476 standards for antimicrobial and antiviral efficacy for Hand Rub Products. This formula meets the 5 decimal logarithm reduction under simulated clean or dirty conditions within the relevant contact time.

    Librasan 70E

    Librasan 70E is our premium formulation containing 70% w/w ethanol and has also been tested against the BS EN 1276:2019 and BS EN 1500:2013 and BS EN 14476 standards for antimicrobial and antiviral efficacy for Hand Rub Products. Librasan 70E also contains glycerine and Vitamin E, is an effective moisturiser and has antioxidant properties that help to prevent skin damage and strengthen the body’s natural defences to prevent illness and infection.

    Pack Formats & Other Variants

    Librasan hand sanitisers can be supplied in either bulk tankers or 1,000 Litre IBC’s for easy decanting into smaller packaging.

    We can also arrange for our sister company, Expac (Preston) Ltd, to pack off the sanitiser for you into 100ml – 5,000ml pack formats.

    We are open to discussing manufacturing other ethanol concentrations, such as 75%, subject to cost-effective volumes.

    For more information about our high alcohol hand sanitiser, please get in touch.

    Tel: +44 161 775 1888

    Email: sales@librachem.co.uk

    Web: www.librachem.co.uk

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  • SEPAWA Congress 2020

    Libra Speciality Chemicals is pleased to announce that we will be attending the SEPAWA Congress exhibition in Berlin this October 28th– 30th.

    The annual SEPAWA Congress is the most significant meeting point of the detergents, cleansers, cosmetics, and fragrance industry in Europe. In the exhibition area, over 300 companies from 60 different countries present their latest products, trends, and wide-ranging know-how.

    There will also be a selection of lectures available for all attendees. The lecture programme will cover several different topics in the areas referred to above. In more than 150 interesting and diversified lectures and poster presentations, international experts share their latest research findings and innovative developments.

    The ever-popular after event and countless networking possibilities round off the framework of the congress and give you the opportunity to establish and expand business and personal contacts.

    Libra’s chemical experts will be able to give you advice and information on the applications for any of our products. We will be showcasing our products through a series of samples, along with technical data sheets and leaflets.

    If you are attending this year’s SEPAWA Congress, make sure you come to see us at stand E745. If you haven’t yet got your tickets for the event, you can purchase them here: https://sepawa-congress.de/en/sepawa-congress-exhibition/online-registration-entrance-fees-sepawa-congress/

    To find out more about Libra Speciality Chemical’s products, please get in touch with a member of our sales team or visit our website.

    Email: sales@librachem.co.uk

    Tel: +44(0) 161 775 1888

    Website: http://www.librachem.co.uk/

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  • 100% Renewable Energy – Another Important Part of Our Anti-pollution Campaign

    Libra Speciality Chemicals are proud to announce that our business is backed by electricity generated from renewable sources.

    At Libra, we have had a longstanding commitment to minimising any negative impacts our operations have on the environment. In addition to our current environmental policy, we can now announce that 100% of our electricity supply from EDF Energy is backed by renewable energy. EDF energy’s renewable electricity options have allowed us to ensure our electricity supply is backed by certified renewable generation sources which all have a zero-emissions rating.

    Now that increasingly innovative and cost-effective ways to capture and retain wind and solar energy are available, renewable energy sources have become a more viable power source for our company. At Libra, we have made it our mission to be environmentally friendly in every aspect of our organisation and minimising any negative effect our business has on the environment is extremely important to us.

    For more information on our environmental policy, please get in touch with our Regulatory & Quality Officer or visit our website.

    Email: Susan.Elliott@librachem.co.uk

    Tel: 0161 667 0392

    Web: www.librachem.co.uk

    Keep an eye out for further updates about our 2020 anti-pollution campaign on our social media channels.

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    EDF Energy Certificate

     


  • Environmental Policy – ISO 14001

    At Libra, we passionately believe that business can be a force for positive change. Moreover, we believe that we have an obligation to make a positive contribution to society by minimising any negative impacts our operations have on the environment. Our commitment to the environment is longstanding, we have been accredited to the ISO 14001 for over 10 years.

    “ISO 14001 has become the international standard for designing and implementing an environmental management system. The standard is published by ISO (the International Organization for Standardization), an international body that creates and distributes standards that are accepted worldwide. The most recent version of the environmental management system requirements was published in 2015 and is referred to as “ISO 14001:2015.” The standard was agreed upon by a majority of member countries before being released and updated, and as such it has become an internationally recognized standard accepted by many countries around the world.” (Advisera, 2020) This framework introduces company policies to help organisations improve their environmental performance, reduce waste, and improve their resource efficiency.

    At Libra, we have made it our mission to be environmentally friendly in every aspect of our organisation. We aim to minimise the effect our business has on the environment and to ensure ongoing compliance with the ISO 14001 standard by conducting regular internal and external audits and abiding by a policy of continuous improvement. The ISO 14001 accreditation enables us to work toward better processes and reduced environmental impacts in a systematic way.

    If you have any questions, please get in touch with our Regulatory & Quality Officer or visit our website.

    Email: Susan.Elliott@librachem.co.uk

    Tel: 0161 667 0392

    Web: www.librachem.co.uk

    Keep an eye out for further updates about our 2020 anti-pollution campaign on our social media channels.

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  • Brexit Contingency Plan

    Ensuring ongoing REACH compliance and uninterrupted continuity of supply to our UK/EU customers

    Libra Speciality Chemicals is legally based in the UK, importing and exporting products throughout Europe, and as such we wish to ensure that suppliers, customers and interested parties in the UK and the rest of Europe are fully informed of our plans to remain fully compliant with EU REACH and also the emerging UK chemical regulatory scheme, during this transitional period.

    On 22 November 2018, a draft Withdrawal Agreement was reached between the UK and the EU, which included a commitment for the UK and the EU to explore the possibility of cooperation between UK authorities and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). The details of these commitments are not yet clear, however, the UK and the EU both recognise the mutual benefits of the UK remaining in the EU REACH system, or a UK version thereof.

    To take effect, the agreement now needs to be ratified by both sides and, based on our current understanding of the political situation in the UK, we hope that this will occur soon. If the draft Withdrawal Agreement is not ratified, the UK Government has said that it will create a UK REACH Regulation, which initially will be a “copy and paste” of the EU REACH regulation. All products supplied by Libra are fully EU REACH compliant and we intend to maintain this position after Brexit.

    Our contingency plan to ensure ongoing REACH compliance and full, uninterrupted continuity of supply to our UK/EU customers.

    In the event of a ‘no-deal Brexit’ or a position in which the UK falls outside of the EU customs union, Libra has identified and prepared a contract with an EU Only Representative (“OR”). In this event, a transfer of our REACH registrations to our European based OR will occur in a timely manner relative to the date of the UK exiting the EU (or during a subsequent transition period, should this be implemented by the EU & ECHA authorities).

    Based on currently available information provided by the UK authorities, a new UK chemicals regulatory system will require all chemicals placed on the UK market to be registered using a new UK IT system. Initially, all EU REACH registrations currently held by UK companies will be carried across (“Grandfathered”) into the UK system. Accordingly, we are working very closely with our non-UK suppliers to ensure that in the event of either a ‘no-deal Brexit’ or transitional agreement scenario all relevant chemicals imported by Libra into the UK will be supported under the new UK regulatory system.

    If you have any questions, please get in touch with our Regulatory & Quality Officer.

    Email: Susan.Elliott@librachem.co.uk

    Tel: 0161 667 0392

     


  • Libranox: Amine Oxides for Surface Cleaning Products

    Libra Speciality Chemicals supplies vital performance-enhancing surfactants for surface cleaning products.

    Cleaning productsThe Libranox series of amine oxides perform as excellent detergents, as well as providing foam boosting and foam stabilising properties. They are often used to provide viscosity and possess strong cleaning powers as they excel at grease emulsification and soil suspension. The series produces a dense, stable foam which can be used in the formulation of high alkalinity cleaning compounds. It performs exceptionally when used in industrial cleaning; once the product is sprayed on to contaminated surfaces, the amine oxide allows for excellent adhesion to the surface, providing an extended dwell time. Libranox products are extensively used with both sodium hypochlorite and hydrogen peroxide to produce bleach-based products.

    Industry-leading amine oxide

    Libranox amine oxides exhibit synergistic effects when combined with anionic and other non-ionic surfactants. For example, when used in combination with anionic sodium lauryl ether sulphate (SLES) it increases its detergency effect. The product is a low residual hydrogen peroxide, less than 800ppm, whilst the industry norm is 1500ppm. The finished product has a crystal clear ‘water white’ appearance, ensuring no need for additional colourant in the finished formulation.

    As well as surface cleaners, Libranox has several additional applications including:

    • Bubble baths
    • Hair conditioners & shampoos
    • Dishwasher detergents
    • Laundry detergents
    • All-purpose cleaning agents
    • Liquid Bleach products
    • Foam stabilisers in rubber and polymer industries
    • High or low foaming capabilities

    To find out more about the Libranox range, please visit our website or contact a member of our sales team.

    Website: www.librachem.co.uk

    Email: sales@librachem.co.uk

    Tel: +44 161 775 1888

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  • Libra’s Anti-Pollution Initiatives – IBC & Drum Reconditioning Scheme

    To minimise pollution, Libra Speciality Chemicals can outsource their IBCs and drums to be reconditioned or recycled, instead of sending them to waste disposal or landfill sites. IBC and Drum reconditioning is the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly option for the storage and transportation of chemicals.

    The process of IBC and Drum reconditioning consists of cleaning, sanitising and leak testing the inner bottle and any lids as well as replacing the valves and gaskets on the container. Damaged IBCs and drums cannot be reconditioned; however, they can still be recycled in the most appropriate method, either by shredding, crushing or granulation.

    Libra Specialty Chemicals’ IBC and drum conditioning partner are located within a mile from our site, thus minimising transportation fuel emissions.

    “More than ever It is critical that we tackle the waste pollution issue around consumer packaging, partnering with sustainable container companies to recondition our IBCs and drums is something that we are proud to achieve.”

    – Company Statement

     

    We offer a collection service where your IBCs and drums can be collected free of charge.

    If you would like to find out more information about IBC and Drum collection, please contact us.

    Email: sales@librachem.co.uk

    Tel: +44 161 775 1888


  • Keeping our employees and visitors safe during Covid-19

     

    At Libra Speciality Chemicals we have worked uninterrupted through the lockdown since March as we manufacture essential sanitisers and surfactants for cleansing products  to help the fight against Covid-19.

    In doing so, we rapidly implemented a stringent hygiene regime and social distancing in our offices and factories, as well as arranging home working for as many employees as possible.

    The government has caught up with new Covid-19 workplace regulations and we have added these to our ongoing measures to ensure best practice.

    These measures are in place to help prevent and reduce transmission amongst employees to keep them safe at work, and to maintain a healthy business operation and a healthy work environment.

    Our priorities are apparent: to secure the wellbeing of our employees, customers, suppliers, business partners and other stakeholders by responding to the outbreak and taking appropriate actions, whilst continuing to provide the best service for our customers.

    Our Covid-19 prevention in the workplace response identifies all areas and job tasks to help reduce the spread of COVID-19:

    • Practice routine cleaning and disinfection, enclosed spaces (offices and laboratory areas) are cleaned and sanitised every day before employees arrive at work
    • Actively encouraging sick employees to stay at home, employees who have symptoms should notify their line manager and self-isolate at home
    • Social distancing markers are placed every 2m throughout the offices and warehouse spaces
    • Office desks are distanced 2m apart
    • Hand sanitiser is available at the foyer of the building, all employees entering the building must sanitise their hands before entering and leaving the building
    • Hand sanitiser is also available in every room, so that employees can sanitise their hands regularly
    • Videoconferencing and teleconferencing are encouraged instead of face-to-face meetings
    • Posters are put up in all office areas to remind employees of hand hygiene
    • Face masks are available for all employees but are not compulsory. However, the transport department must wear face masks when communicating with off-site drivers
    • Hand shaking is prohibited
    • Employees must not share’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, unless thoroughly sanitised
    • Maintaining flexible policies for childcare, and vulnerable employees with work from home measures are implemented

    During these unprecedented times, we would like to reassure our customers that we have taken all the necessary measures to safely provide continued supply of speciality chemicals and contract & toll services for our customers. Our team is available 8am-5pm Monday – Friday to answer any of your questions or enquiries by email or phone.

    All hand sanitiser used at Libra is manufactured on site to our very exacting formulations. Please contact us if you would like Libra to manufacture hand sanitiser for your organisation.

    See our Librasan blog for more information:http://librachem.wpengine.com/libra-products-surfactants/librasan-fully-formulated-high-alcohol-hand-sanitiser/

    Thankyou.

     

    Email: sales@librachem.co.uk

    Tel: +44 (0) 161 775 1888

     


  • Performance enhancing surfactants for Hair Care products

    Libra Speciality Chemicals supplies vital performance enhancers for hair care including shampoos, conditioners, hair detangling products, hair dyes, waves & relaxers, and styling products.

    performance enhancing surfactants for hair care

     

    Libraquat PQ7: a highly charged cationic polyquaternium co-polymer used in a variety of hair care applications.

    Libraquat PQ7 is ideal for applications in shampoos or conditioners. it produces excellent moisturising properties, is high foaming and produces a rich, creamy lather. It diminishes grease, cleanses the hair and leaves the hair soft and smooth, as well as having a silky-smooth appearance.

    The naturally anionic (negatively charged) characteristics of hair benefit from the cationic (positively charged) PQ7, which reduces static and the fly away charges on the hair.

    The PQ7 slip enables easier wet combing and can be applied to detangling hair sprays. It produces a glossy finish by drying as a micro film over the hair strands. This micro invisible film performs as a strengthening agent, which helps to hold the shape of the hair.

    The product is manufactured with microbiologically pure water. The special manufacturing process also creates a crystal-clear, water-white product, ensuring no extra colourant is required in the finalised formulation. The product also has no odour, therefore there is no need for any additional fragrance. Relatively small amounts of PQ7 are needed in typical formulations, hence it is a highly efficient and cost-effective product.

    Libra Speciality Chemicals ensures the quality of its products by combining state-of-the-art High Power Liquid Chromatography (HLPC) and Gas Chromatography (GC) analytical techniques, along with a carefully controlled manufacturing process.

     

    Librateric Betaines: includes Cocamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB), which is a mixture of closely related organic compounds derived from coconut oil and dimethylaminopropylamine. 

    The Librateric range is the ideal solution for hair care and is a naturally derived, high-performance additive for hair conditioners, as well as wash products. It is used for its moisturising effect and helps the appearance of the hair, maintaining the integrity of the cuticle surface to improve the shine of the hair.

    The range provides excellent viscosity building and foam boosting to complement anionic based cleansers for shampoos and conditioners to condition the hair and reduce static build-up. This aids the hair’s structural protection abilities and the retention of its initial resistance to yield for a longer period, making it less prone to fracture.

    Our high-quality range of Librateric Cocamidopropyl Betaines (CAB) is manufactured from low colour and low odour feedstock. The CAB molecule is produced by reacting dimethylaminopropylamine (DMAPA) with either fatty acids, coconut oil or palm kernel oil.

    The multi-million-pound market-leading Betaine plant at Libra Speciality Chemicals’ Manchester UK site supplies Betaines to both UK and global markets. The plant is certified to the European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients (EFfCI), demonstrating that the processes are the highest quality standard to produce the best surfactants for the personal care and cosmetics industry.

    The dedicated plant is fully automated, and its process control uses artificial intelligence to adapt and improve product quality. Betaine contains salt which can react with ordinary 304 and 316L stainless steel resulting in iron contamination. To prevent this, Libra’s reactors are made from a special duplex alloy, which provides superior pitting and crevice corrosion resistance to prevent contamination of the product.

     

    Find out more about the benefits of our hair care surfactants, as well as a wide range of personal care surfactants:

    E: sales@librachem.co.uk

    T: +44 161 775 1888

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  • Anti-Pollution Surfactants for Skin Care

    anti pollution surfactants for skincare and personal care

     

    The everyday exposure to air pollution predominately caused by the burning fossil fuels, factories emissions, transportation, mining, and agricultural activities.

    These cause harmful emissions to be release in the atmosphere including, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide and several other dangerous air toxins and toxic, oily molecules.

    Harmful toxins which are lingering in the air are absorbed by the skin’s pores. Once the toxins accumulate on the skin, they block the pores and it reduces the skin’s oxygenation, over time it can cause damage to the skin.

    The effects of pollution can cause:

    Dilated pores

    Appearance of blackheads or pimples

    Hyperpigmentation

    Premature aging

    Dryness and dehydration & more…

    Libra Speciality Chemicals manufactures a range of anti-pollution surfactants for skin care brands that reduce the damaging effects of pollution of the skin by effective cleansing.

    All products in the Personal Care range are aimed to be microbiologically pure.

    Surfactants from our anti-pollution range include:

    These products help to remove pollutants from the skin. These products are super-efficient detergents but also kind to skin, due to being pH balanced.

    These contain glycerine that acts as a humectant, providing a molecular barrier over the skin which helps to moisturise the skin, whilst also helping to protect it from attack by harmful pollutants.

    PQ7 helps to form a protective barrier over the skin, leaving the skin feeling soft, non-greasy, smooth, and moisturised.

    Find our Personal Care brochure here – http://librachem.wpengine.com/industries/libra-personal-care/

    For any enquiries, please contact us!

    E: sales@librachem.co.uk

    T: +44 161 775 1888

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  • Green chemistry – Supplying eco-friendly Betaines into the chemical market

    At Libra Speciality Chemicals we have undertaken measures to make our manufacturing processes greener in the production of our products. We measure ourselves against the green principles of chemistry; a series of 12 ethical practices used to provide green chemicals into the chemical market.

    Eco friendly betaines personal care I&I Cleaning

     

    Here are some of our ethical practices being applied to the production of our extensive range of Betaines:

    1. Real time analysis

    To examine the quantity of DMAPA, glycolic acid and MCA in our manufactured products our technicians take samples for testing. The sample tests analyse if there are any unreacted materials in the product, the pH of the product and its concentration levels. This is a routine quality check process at Libra Speciality Chemicals and any samples not meeting our stringent credentials are adjusted to ensure compliance with our green culture. This ensures that our products are safe to the environment for when they enter water or air streams.

    1. Prevention of waste

    To prevent any waste, products including NaCl, Glycolic acid and Glycerine are kept in the solution and the ratios of DMAPA and coconut oil are optimised.

    1. Designing safe chemicals

    No hazardous materials are produced during the production of Betaine. Our Betaine vessels comply with the European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients (EFfCI), which ensures that our surfactants are of the highest quality and are safe for personal use.

    1. Accident Prevention

    To prevent accidents, we carry our regular risk assessments which comply with OHSAS 18001 (the officially recognised body for international health and safety management) and Top-tier COMAH standards.

    1. Energy Efficiency

    Our CAB50 is a high active (38%) product. More active equals less water and the less water there is in the product, the less energy is required to transport and use the CAB50 product during subsequent use. This results in a cheaper and greener process.

    CAB50 also has a low odour, is lighter in colour, high foaming, milder on the skin, has high moisturising effects and self-preserves, this is ideal for personal care applications.

    If you would like to find out more about green chemistry at Libra Speciality Chemicals, enquire online: http://librachem.wpengine.com/ ring us: +44 161 775 1888 or email us: sales@librachem.co.uk


  • Contract and Toll Manufacturing – Your Way!

    Returning from lockdown and in search for an effective and efficient solution?

    At Libra Speciality Chemicals we are here to supply a complete contract and toll manufacturing solution to make your products for you.

    Contract and Toll flexible and bespoke manufacturing

    At Libra Speciality Chemicals we provide a bespoke chemical manufacturing and supply solution service to an extensive range of industries around the globe.

    As an official BCMPA member, a UK association for contract and toll manufacturers, we are the experts in providing efficient and cost-effective toll manufacturing solutions for businesses.

    Over 50 years we have honed and enhanced our expertise in the chemical industry, acquiring multiple accreditations, including top tier COMAH, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 9000:2015 and ISO18001:2007.

    Our team of specialists tailor each of our customer’s requirements to achieve a cost-effective technical and production process solution. Our customer service is key to achieving performance and quality, our Contract & Toll customers obtain comprehensive support from our processing, commercial, technical, regulatory compliance, and logistics departments.

    Our Contract and Toll manufacturing services include:

    • Reaction Facilities
    • Mixing, Blending and Dispersion Facilities
    • Wax and Oil Dispersion Facilities
    • Solids Handling, Mixing and Repacking Facilities
    • Contract Filling and Packing
    • Bulk Storage Facilities
    • Bespoke Plant Installations
    • Filteration and Product Improvement initiatives
    • Laboratory QC and Product Development

    Contract filling and packing

    Our flexible material handling, storage and packing service means we can package materials into containers. This ranges from 5 litre packs up to bulk tankers using our filling stations. Our site is fully equipped to receive and despatch bulk materials using our on-site weigh bridge and loading systems.

    In addition to this we provide many value-added services to support our customers, including transportation services, environmentally friendly waste management programme, warehousing, regulatory and compliance management services.

    All our Contract and Toll services are undertaken with the strictest confidence, including NDAs when required.

    Find out more…

    Enquire online, Call us: +44 161 775 1888 or Email: sales@librachem.co.uk

     


  • LIBRASAN 80L: High Alcohol Liquid Hand Sanitiser

     

    Hand Sanitsier Manufacturing UK

     

    In addition to our Librasan High Alcohol Hand Sanitiser gel, Libra Speciality Chemicals have added a liquid hand sanitiser to our Librasan product range which is ideal for use in spray bottles.

    Librasan 80L hand sanitiser liquid is formulated with 80% alcohol and kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses that may be lingering on the surface of the skin. Librasan 80L complies with the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended hand rub Formulation 1.

    The microbicidal activity of this WHO recommended formulation was tested by WHO reference laboratories according to EN standards (EN 1500). Their activity was found to be equivalent to the reference substance (isopropanol 60% v/v) for hygienic hand antisepsis.

    It is the consensus opinion of a WHO expert group that WHO recommended hand rub formulations can be used both for hygienic hand antisepsis and for presurgical hand preparation.

    This formula contains glycerine to moisturise the skin, leaving the skin feeling silky smooth once the alcohol has evaporated.

    Pack Formats and Other Variants

    Librasan hand sanitisers can be supplied in bulk tankers, 1,000 Litre IBC’s and in drums for easy decanting into smaller packaging. We are also open to discussing manufacturing other ethanol concentrations, such as 75%, subject to cost effective volumes.

    Our sister company, Expac (Preston) Ltd offer a packing off service in a variety of packaging formats in a range of sizes from 5ml up to 5 litres.

    For further information on our LIBRASAN FULLY FORMULATED HIGH ALCOHOL HAND SANITISER gel, please follow the link below.

    http://librachem.wpengine.com/news-librasan-fully-formulated-high-alcohol-hand-sanitiser/

    Enquire online, Call us on: 0161 775 1888 or Email: sales@librachem.co.uk


  • LIBRASAN: Fully Formulated High Alcohol Hand Sanitiser

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    Librasan hand sanitiser gel is formulated to effectively cleanse hands and kills 99.9% of bacteria and many types of viruses that may be lingering on the surface of the skin, including the Covid-19 Coronavirus.

    We manufacture 3 variants in our product range, containing 70% and 80% ethanol by volume for effective sanitising. This concentration will kill many types of virus by dissolving their fat membranes and destroying the protein envelope that surrounds some viruses including coronavirus. It also kills bacteria by disrupting the cell membrane.

    Librasan 70S

    Librasan 70S is our standard hand sanitiser formulation and contains glycerine, which is well known for its moisturising and emollient properties. After application, the skin is left feeling moisturised and silky smooth.

    Librasan 70E

    Librasan 70E is our premium formulation and has been tested against the BS EN 1276:2019 and BS EN 1500:2013 standards for antimicrobial efficacy for Hand Rub Products and passed with flying colours. This formula meets the 5 decimal logarithm reduction under simulated clean or dirty conditions within the relevant contact time.

    Librasan 70E also contains glycerine, plus the addition of Vitamin E which is an effective moisturiser and has antioxidant properties that help to prevent skin damage and strengthen the body’s natural defences to prevent illness and infection.

    Librasan 80L 

    We also manufacture and supply a 80% alcohol liquid hand sanitiser formulation, which is ideal for use in spray bottles.

    Librasan 80L is formulated in compliance with the World Health Organisation recommended hand rub Formulation 1. This formula contains glycerine to moisturise the skin, leaving a silky-smooth feel once the alcohol has evaporated.

    The microbicidal activity of this WHO-recommended formulation was tested by WHO reference laboratories according to EN standards (EN 1500). Their activity was found to be equivalent to the reference substance (isopropanol 60% v/v) for hygienic hand antisepsis.

    It is the consensus opinion of a WHO expert group that WHO recommended hand rub formulations can be used both for hygienic hand antisepsis and for presurgical hand preparation.

    Pack Formats & Other Variants

    Librasan hand sanitisers can be supplied in bulk tankers, 1,000 Litre IBC’s and in drums for easy decanting into smaller packaging.

    We are also open to discussing manufacturing other ethanol concentrations, such as 75%, subject to cost-effective volumes.

    Enquire online, Call us on: 0161 775 1888 or Email: sales@librachem.co.uk


  • Libra Speciality Chemicals – Surfactants to Fight COVID-19

    Libra Speciality Chemicals are continuing to supply essential cleansing ingredients for soap and hygiene products to help in the fight against Coronavirus Covid-19.

     

    antibacterial cleaning products to help fight covid-19

     

    Librateric Betaines (CAPB) are used in handwash formulations and offer very effective cleansing. Betaines are also mild to the skin and show much lower irritancy than most other surfactants. This allows regular effective handwashing with less skin irritation and skin cracking. This is particularly useful today when you require repeated handwashing to ensure clean and infection free hands. Betaine based handwash is a perfect choice as a first line defence for keeping people safe from coronavirus.

    Libratex Sulphosuccinates are used in many Personal Care applications, particularly as cleaning and foaming agents. They exhibit low irritancy and can offer great cleaning solutions when used in conjunction with Libra’s Betaines or Amine Oxides.

    Libraquat PQ7 can be used in all betaine and amine oxide based handwash formulations to give enhanced cleaning together with effective skin conditioning. Conditioning and skin feel are particularly important when regular and repeated handwashing is required and when skin can easily become dry and chaffed. Libraquat PQ7 will leave a soft skin feel post handwashing.

    Libratex SLES ethoxylated alcohol sulphates are a tried and trusted component of most cleaning formulations. They exhibit great surface cleaning characteristics, especially when coupled with betaine. They offer excellent foaming and are easy and quick to formulate with, making them highly suitable for cleansing applications.

    Libranox Amine Oxides are excellent detergents, foam boosters and foam stabilisers and can be used in formulations to provide viscosity, grease emulsification and soil suspension. Anime oxides are used in HI&I and personal care cleaning applications.

    Libra also offer a flexible and confidential contract manufacturing service for a broad range of materials that are used in personal, household, industrial and institutional cleaning products. We are here to support you if you are looking for additional manufacturing capacity for your cleaning and hygiene formulations. Please contact us at sales@librachem.co.uk or Tel: +44 (0)161 775 1888

    For more advice about Coronavirus (Covid-19) visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/


  • Celebrating Women at Libra Speciality Chemicals for IWD

    International Women’s Day 2020

    international womens day 2020

    On Sunday 8th March 2020, we celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) in honour of women at Libra Speciality Chemicals. This year we supported the 2020 IWD campaign, ‘an equal world is an enabled world.’ The concept of the IWD campaign is to broaden perceptions, generate equal opportunities and celebrate women’s achievements.

    Why do we celebrate International Women’s Day?

    The United Nations states that 143 out of 195 countries have equality between genders in their constitutions. Nevertheless, gender discrimination is still imminent through gender-based stereotypes, social norms and practices.

    How are we inclusive at Libra Speciality Chemicals?

    We are proud to have a diverse and inclusive team at Libra Specialty Chemicals. Currently, 53% of employees within our offices and laboratories are women and we are pleased to have two female Directors on our Board. We actively look for opportunities to develop and promote our staff and recognise their achievements. One example of this is our nomination of Internal Account Co-ordinator, Anna Holroyd for Chemical Northwest’s Young Talent of The Year award. We wish Anna all the best in the run up to the announcement of the winner in the awards ceremony we will be attending on 19th March 2020.

    Here at Libra Speciality Chemicals, we also champion #womeninscience and, over the past few years, we have employed many female scientists and placement students who have excelled in their roles and contributed significantly to deliver growth for our company.

    We strongly encourage all our people at Libra Speciality Chemicals to play their part in promoting equality and share their stories about female empowerment. #eachforequal #IWD2020 @libraspecialitychemicals


  • Our RSPO Mass Balance Product Range

    RSPO mass balance surfactants

    A Sustainable Impact – Libra’s RSPO Mass Balance Certified Product Range

    Over the past few years there has been huge controversy as regards to the sustainability of palm oil in consumer products. To overcome the controversial implications of Palm Oil, The Round table of Sustainable Palm Oil mass balance (RSPO mass balance) organisation was created in 2004. The group was formed to generate awareness of unethical palm oil practices in corporations and to help ensure more sustainability is used with in the Palm Oil trade. Our RSPO Mass Balance products have been sourced by certified plantations, which meet RSPO Mass Balance certified standards.

    What are the benefits of palm oil? 

    Palm Oil is rich with vitamin A, which has energy boosting properties and strengthens the immune system. The derivatives of Palm Oil /Palm Kernel Oil produces various properties suitable for a wide range of surfactants. The derivatives in palm oil includes: Fatty alcohols, Glycerol and Fatty Acids, which produces moisturising, emollient, texturising and foaming properties.

    Why do we promote sustainable palm oil? 

    The effects of unsustainable Palm Oil can be detrimental causing: deforestation, habitat losses and pollution. As a socially responsible business we believe that we should offer sustainable Palm Oil options with in our product portfolio. Our aim is to reduce the damaging effects of Palm Oil on the environment and to accommodate consumer demands. When purchasing raw materials with in our supply chain we always look for sustainable, eco-friendly and naturally derived materials to use within our products. With our commitment to change we hope to make an impact towards generating a more sustainable future.

    We offer you a range of RSPO Mass Balance products across our portfolio 

    Amine Oxides (Personal care, Oil & Gas, HI & I Cleaning) 

    • Libranox CAO
    • Libranox AO12/14

    Alkyl Polyglucosides (Personal care, Oil & Gas, Agriculture, HI & I Cleaning) 

    • Libracare APG’s

    Alkanolamides (Personal care, Oil & Gas, HI & I Cleaning, Agriculture)

    • Libranol CDG-RPO

    If you require further information about our RSPO mass balance range, or any other enquiries contact our sales team: 

    Email – sales@librachem.co.uk / Tel – +44 161 775 1888

     

    References –

    No Author. (2018). 8 things you need to know about palm oil, WWF. https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates/8-things-know-about-palm-oil. [Last accessed 29th October 2019]

    Mintel Group (2018) Trends 2025 personal care and beauty: PDF, Mintel. [Last accessed 29th October 2019]


  • Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

    We wish all of our Customers, Suppliers, Friends and Followers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
    Thankyou for a great year – The Libra Team 


  • 2020 Exhibition Dates

    ChemUK, Manchester – POSTPONED until 12th-13th May 2021

    SEPAWA, Berlin – 28th-30th October

    Incosmetics Asia, Bangkok – 3rd-5th November

    Chemspec Europe, Cologne – POSTPONED until 19th-20th May 2021 – The conference will now be held in Frankfurt

    For any meetings, bookings or enquiries, please get in touch.

    Email: sales@librachem.co.uk

    Tel: +44 161 775 1888


  • Libra’s state-of-the-art, multifunctional Betaine manufacturing plant

    Libra Betaine plant supplying personal care surfactants

     

    Having recently opened in Manchester, UK, Libra’s dedicated plant is now manufacturing a new series of 30% and 38% active betaines /amphoteric surfactants , serving its global customer base with a broader offering of top-quality amphoteric surfactants. Over just 30 months, the multi-million-pound fully computerised plant has been designed, built and fully commissioned to include a 30,000 litre intermediate cocamidopropyl amine reactor, two alkylation reactors – one of 60,000 litres and another of 35,000 litres – and a distillation column.

    The alkylation reactors are constructed from an innovative duplex alloy to provide the highest purity of betaine. The Betaines are bound for both UK and export markets.The new plant equips Libra with an impressive additional production capacity of over 32,000 tonnes per annum of amphoteric surfactants, supplied in either 200 kg drums, 1,000 kg intermediate bulk containers, or full-bulk tankers, to suit customer requirements.

    The plant is also accredited to EFfCI (European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients) to ensure the highest quality of betaines for the personal care and cosmetics markets, as well as for a whole range of HI&I applications.

    Key plant benefits: 

    • Reactors made from special materials of construction – 2205 duplex alloy stainless steel. Betaine contains salt, which can react with ordinary 304 and 316L stainless steel, resulting in iron contamination in the product from the reactor wall. 2205 provides superior pitting and crevice corrosion resistance to prevent this.
    • Free amine <0.3% (industry norm is <0.5%), therefore less irritancy.
    • Free MCA usually <10ppm (industry norm is <20ppm), therefore less irritancy.
    • Ability to produce 635 Tonnes per week (32,800tpa) at full capacity.
    • Large 100 Tonne bulk storage tanks, making product readily available for all customers.
    • Plant is fully automated – AI adapts process to improve product quality.
    • Full automation means low labour costs – only one operator/shift to run this 32,000tpa plant. More price competitive.
    • Large reactors, up to 60 Tonnes per batch with high yield and energy efficiency. More price competitive.

    The Librateric product range:

    The range of Librateric products offers everything that might be expected from top quality betaines – stability over a wide pH range; compatibility with anionic, non-ionic and cationic surfactants; all at a competitive price, and with market-leading manufacturing and sustainability standards.

    The Librateric range product properties:

    •  High foaming capabilities (even in high electrolyte solutions)
    •  Low foamers
    •  Viscosity Modifiers
    •  Emulsifiers
    •  Detergents
    •  Stabilizers for rinse off hair and body products

    Testimonial – Libra’s chairman & CEO, Graham Royle 

    ‘Our new betaines plant is yet another landmark development for Libra, and for the UK chemical manufacturing industry as a whole. I am extremely proud of both my team and that we continue to drive innovation and investment in the chemical industry in the North West of England, whilst maintaining our reputation for combining market-leading quality with the World Class service that our global customers have come to know and expect from us.’

    Find out more…

    Visit our Betaine product page – http://librachem.wpengine.com/libra-products-surfactants/librateric-betaines/

    • Explore the benefits of Libra products or request a technical data sheet by contacting the Libra team:
    • Enquire online
    • Telephone: +44 161 775 1888
    • Email: sales@librachem.co.uk


  • Christmas Opening Times 2019/2020

    Please read our Christmas Opening times so we can be as helpful as possible over the Christmas period. Thankyou.


  • Libra’s placement student scheme

    Student placement scheme at Libra Speciality Chemicals

    At Libra we offer student internship programmes in all functions of the business, including accountancy, engineering, marketing, technical, operations and supply chain. Our internship scheme is designed to give students valuable, hands on work experience within the chemical industry. Our students are given the opportunity to gain experience of how a world-class chemical manufacturing business operates, they will be involved in the day to day operations but will also gain vital experience of future direction of a business. They will be expected to present ideas in meetings, contribute ideas towards new projects at Libra and some of our students are given the opportunity to visit international exhibitions.

    How are our students supported?

    Placement students are given full training and support from one of our line managers. Our line managers guide students through a personal development programme (PDP). A PDP has a series of individual SMART target’s which each student must complete over the course of the year with Libra. These targets are reviewed every month along with a 1 on 1 discussion to identify the student’s progression.

    As part of Libra’s student PDP programme, our students shadow work in each of our functions. This provides our students with a good understanding about how businesses are run internally, to help prepare them for the real world of employment after their educational activities have finished. It also gives our students the opportunity to work and form relationships with all of Libra’s team members.

    My placement experience – Extract taken from Ella Harding

    Student placement opportunity at Libra in technical opertions

    Ella Harding – Technical operations placement student at the University of Manchester

    One of our chemistry placement students, Ella Harding studies at The University of Manchester. Ella has worked in technical operations at Libra since September 2019 and has shared her experience at Libra.

    ‘The student internship scheme at Libra has been a very insightful and fun experience. I have been given the opportunity to work with new project development (NPD), sample testing, problem solving and using technical machinery. Libra has given me the opportunity to put into practice what I have learnt throughout previous academic institutions which I have attended. I have been given the chance to mirror my product testing skills on real life applications. I particularly enjoy working with the HPLC & GC machines.’

    ‘The placement has been challenging at times, the job specification involves a lot of problem solving particularly when working with NPD. As a technical team we develop new ways to overcome NPD challenges to ensure that we create high quality surfactants for Libra’s customers.’

    My placed assessment

    ‘To showcase the skills and knowledge which I have learnt on placement, I will be writing a 40-70-page report about a development project at Libra. The assessment comprises of writing about the scientific development behind the project and what the aims of the project are. I will also be writing about how I planned out the experiments, how they are preformed and why. To finalise the report, I will write a conclusion which will consist of the results I obtained during the project.’ – Ella Harding, University of Manchester (2019) 

    For anyone who would be interested in a student internship scheme with Libra Speciality Chemicals please email a CV and covering letter to marketing@librachem.co.uk

     

     


  • Our Naturally Derived Personal Care Range

    LibraCare APGs: Produced from naturally derived and GMO free raw materials

    Personal care - Alkyl Polyglucosides naturally derived, GMO free

    Name: Alkyl Polyglucosides (APGs)  Trade name: LibraCare

    Consumers are becoming increasingly more conscious of where their personal care products are sourced from. More than ever consumers are demanding naturally derived, sustainable and vegan raw materials within their day to day products. We have developed a range of Alkyl Polyglucosides (LibraCare APGs) made from high quality: Naturally derived, vegan, renewable and GMO-free raw materials.

    The LibraCare APG series are a range of non-ionic surfactants derived from renewable raw materials – fatty alcohols from coconut and palm kernel oils, and glucose from corn. Where Palm Kernel Oil is used, we also supply RSPO Mass Balance certified products.

    Our APG’s provide a range of properties including good wetting, dispersing and surface activity. They are effective surfactants in caustic, acidic and neutral formulations. Additionally, they are great viscosity modifiers and can produce rich and stable foam.

    LibraCare APG’s are effective co-surfactants for rinse off hair and body products and have good compatibility with all other types of surfactants. This often results in synergistic effects including an improvement in the mildness of formulations. Additionally, APG’s are effective hydrotropes and solubilises and find applications in formulations with high concentrations of surfactants at both high and low pH.

    APG’s are very mild, low in toxicity and readily biodegradable. The synergistic effects of LibraCare Alkyl Polyglucosides with other commonly used surfactants yield a performance improvement which can be the basis for a reduction of surfactant content whilst maintaining a high-performance level.

    Our naturally derived personal care surfactants: 

    LibraCare APG 0810 / Hexyl Glucoside

    LibraCare APG 0814 / Isoctyl Glucoside

    LibraCare APG 1214 / Lauryl Glucoside

     

    Read more about our RSPO mass balance range here – http://librachem.wpengine.com/rspo-certification-reinforces-libra-commitment-ethically-sourced-palm-oil/

    All our surfactants are available for worldwide distribution. If you would like to make any enquiries or sales contact – sales@librachem.co.uk / +44(0) 161 775 1888


  • Libra donates £200 to The National Austistic Society

    Libra’s plant operator, Norman Nashir completes half marathon in the honour of the National Autistic Society

    Norman completes half marathon in aid of national autistic society

     

    Last weekend our plant operator, Norman Nashir completed a half marathon in aid of The National Autistic Society. The National Autistic Society is the UK’s largest provider of specialist autism services. The society trains staff to support the lives of 100,000 autistic people every year. To support Norman we have donated £200 towards the fantastic cause.

    “I have chosen to support the society as without their help and support many families like my own would struggle. My youngest daughter has Autism and Learning Difficulties and without charities like the National Autistic Society, our autism journey would have been very different. The National Autistic Society really deserve every penny and this will ensure they can help families like my own.” – Norman Nashir

    Norman finished the half marathon in time. Norman said “the run was hard at times as his hip injury is very much ongoing”, however he was delighted with his finishing time.

    For anyone who would like to support Norman and donate to The National Autistic Society, follow the link – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/stormingnorman1970


  • Libra are the proud community sponsors of Cadishead JFC

    Libra continues to engage in CSR by supporting our local community

    About Cadishead JFC

    Cadishead Sports Junior Football club (JFC) is a local football team for U7’s. Cadishead Sports JFC was established in the Irlam/Cadishead community in 1974. The football club has over 40 years of establishment and is Cadishead’s longest running community football team. Cadishead Sports JFC has boys’ and girls’ teams between the ages of 6 to 15.

    man of the match in libra kit

    Libra’s player of the match Samuel who won the Libra trophy for his well played game.

    Our corporate social responsibility

    It is our corporate duty to give back to the community. We have previously sponsored Cadishead JFC and have recently renewed our sponsorship.We believe that all children should be active, socialise and enjoy participating in sports. Not only this but active engagement helps with a child’s well being and social skills. To help support the under 7s team at Cadishead JFC we have provided the team with a kit for the new season.

    We are hoping that there will be many more wins from Cadishead JFC this season! Libra will closely be keeping up an eye on the scores. We will also be updating our social media with weekly sporting news from our sponsored teams.

    Libra also sponsors a local rugby team in Chester (Christeton RUFC). Read more about our sports partnership with Christleton RUFC here – http://librachem.wpengine.com/libra-speciality-chemicals-official-sponsors-christleton-rufc/


  • Important news about our new computer system

    Libra speciality chemicals continues to invest for the future; as you may be aware from November 1st, 2019, we will be changing our computer system to a more user-friendly alternative. The new system will continue to enable us to improve our customer service future proofing our site.

    Small changes which may affect you are as follows:

    • Once the computer system is running you will see a slight difference to the layout of your paperwork.
    • Our monthly price list will stay the same throughout November. All pricelists will still be issued at the start of the month. Please note that from the 1st December 2019 our price list will be on our new, improved format.
    • All transport will still be quoted as required.

     

    If you have any questions about our new system, please contact us:

    Email: sales@librachem.co.uk / Tel: 0161 775 1888

    Kind regards

    The Libra Team


  • Visit us at INCOS ASIA 2019 – International Personal Care exhibition!

    Libra Speciality Chemicals are exhibiting their personal care range at In-Cosmetics Asia ( INCOS ) in Bangkok, Thailand.INCOS ASIA 2019 - International personal care exhibition - Libra

    INCOS Asia is the leading event in the Asian pacific for personal care chemical ingredients, fragrances, lab equipment and regulatory solutions. 

    Exhibition dates:

    Tuesday 5th November (10:00am-18:00pm)

    Wednesday 6th November (10:00am-18:00pm)

    Thursday 7th November (10:00am-17:00pm)

    Stand: X31

    About our personal care products:

    At Libra Speciality chemicals we produce a wide range of personal care Raw Materials, which are available for world wide distribution. Our products are currently used with in a wide range of well known brands across the world. The personal care range at Libra are renowned for providing market leading properties, this is why we have such a high customer retention rate. We have a great relationship with all our customers and take great pride in our positive customer feedback.

    What is the secret to our world-class personal care products?

    At Libra we are renowned for providing high-quality customer service, competitive pricing and top of the range formulations. With the introduction of our new Betaine plant it means that Libra can produce chemicals with the newest technology which can produce ‘market-leading’ properties in our product ranges. Read more about our Betaine plant herehttp://librachem.wpengine.com/first-shipments-betaines-leave-libra-speciality-chemicals-new-state-art-multifunctional-manufacturing-plant/

    At our stand we will be offering our exclusive range of Libra products including:

    Amine Oxides / Betaines / Amphoterics – Dipropionates / Non – Ionic Ethoxylates / Alkyl Polyglucosides / Quaternary Compounds / Concentrates / Mild Non-Ionics / Anionic Surfactants Alkanolamides

    What personal care industries can our products be applied to?

    • Hair-care
    • Skin-care

    What will you expect from visiting us at INCOS?

    At the Libra stand customers have the chance to chat with Libra’s technical manager (Dr Rob Wiles) and CEO (Graham Royle). Our senior representatives will be showcasing our wide range of personal care products, whom will advise customers which formulations will provide the best result for their personal care products. Exhibition attendees will also have the chance to browse through our wide range of samples.

    Come along and visit our stand at stand X31 we hope to see you there!

    To register for free entry to INCOS ASIA visit: https://asia.in-cosmetics.com/visit/Register/

    For sales and enquiries

    Email: sales@librachem.co.uk / Tel:+44 (0) 161 775 1888


  • Libra signs a letter of Intent with Isreali distributor, BSC

    Libra Specialty Chemicals signs a letter of Intent with Israeli distributor, BSC

    On Wednesday 4th September Libra Speciality Chemicals and Israeli distributor BSC (Distributor of speciality chemicals) signed a letter of intent. The signed agreement solidifies that BSC will distribute Libra products forthcoming thoughout Israel. BSC distributes Libra products from the following market sectors: Personal Care, Household Care, Industrial & Institutional, Metal Working and Agriculture for the next ongoing year.

    Libra signs with BSC distributor

    Shira MccNair (BSC) and Jon Dutton (Libra Specialty Chemicals) after signing the letter of intent in Israel

    About us:

    We are a growing UK speciality chemicals manufacturer. We produce surfactants for a wide range of market sectors. Our surfactants have market leading properties, which are retained by hundreds of customers worldwide. Our priority as a business is to provide every customer with exceptional customer service. When choosing our international partners we make sure that they align with our customer service requirements.

    About BSC:

    BSC is a rapidly growing distributor of specialty chemicals they have proven to provide a high standard of service and is Israeli’s largest speciality chemicals distributor. BSC’s market sectors are: Pharmaceutical, Food, Personal care, Home care, Equipment and Agriculture. BSC are the largest Israeli distributor and have an efficient distribution system. We trust that BSC will provide our customers with high quality service throughout Israel.

    More about our international distributors:

    We ensure that all our distributors meet with our customer service requirements to make sure our customers are satisfied. Our global network has expanded we have partnered with 5 distributors in over 45 countries worldwide. Furthermore, the signed agreement further reinforces the importance of the international market for Libra as it continues to grow.

    For any information of sales or distribution at Libra Speciality Chemicals contact:
    Email: sales@librachem.co.uk
    Tel: +44 (0) 161 775 1888

    Alternatively contact BSC any distribution enquiries:

    Email – info@bsce.co.il / Tel- +972-9-956-9725 / Web http://www.bsce.co.il/http://librachem.wpengine.com/libra-products-surfactants/


  • The Libratex series – Anionic Surfactants

    The Libratex series of anionic surfactants consists of dodecylbenzene sulphonic acid (DDBSA)/(LABSA), dioctyl sulphosuccinates (DOS) and neutralised salts.

    Anionic surfactants - DDBSA, LABSA and DOS at Libra

    DDBSA and DOS are compatible with other anionic and non-ionic surfactants and may be used as raw materials in the manufacture of a wide range of detergent products. The Libratex Series of products are soluble in several liquids from aqueous to organic solvents.

    DDBSA, also known Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonic Acid (LABSA) is neutralised using several alkalis to form the salts in the Libratex Series. The salts exhibit a wide range of properties making them suitable for use in a variety of applications. The sodium salts have excellent detergency for use in cleaning formulations, whilst the ammonium and amine salts are excellent emulsifiers in water soluble systems.

    DOS products in the Libratex Series are all sodium salts and are manufactured in several aqueous/solvent and solvent only carriers. This allows the flexibility and compatibility required for use in both aqueous and solvent formulations.

    The Libratex Series can be selected to perform surfactant tasks including:-

    • Detergency
    • Emulsification
    • Foaming
    • Dispersing
    • Wetting
    • Solubilisation

    Products in the Libratex Series may be used in a wide range of applications including:-

    • Detergents
    • Metal degreasing
    • Textile auxiliaries
    • Emulsion polymerisation
    • Agricultural formulations

     

    Dodecylbenzene sulphonic acid (DDBSA)/(LABSA):

    Molecular structure:-

     

    Sodium dioctyl sulphosuccinates (DOS):

    Molecular structure:-

     

     


  • Libraphos Phosphate Esters

    The Libraphos series of free-acid phosphate esters from Libra Speciality Chemicals are anionic surfactants, suitable for use in a wide range of applications and industries. With market-leading quality that guarantees their stability at high temperatures, whether in acidic or alkaline conditions, Libraphos products offer a significant competitive advantage over other surfactants on the market.

    Libraphos phosphate esters are manufactured by either a polyphosphoric acid route (yielding predominantly monoesters) or a phosphorous pentoxide route (yielding predominantly diesters). While the Libraphos range comprises mainly 100% active anionic surfactants, the products of the manufacturing process can also be neutralised to achieve a variety of salts, such as Libraphos L66 – a 65% active potassium salt.

    Libraphos – the leading choice for performance and utility

    Unlike many of their competitors, Libraphos surfactants are stable at high temperatures, whether in acidic or alkaline conditions. This makes them suitable for use in a wide range of applications, including alkaline detergents, metalworking fluids, agricultural formulations, emulsion polymerisation and textile auxiliaries.

    Boasting a broad range of performance functions, products in the Libraphos portfolio are designed to give specific properties, depending on the hydrophobe, phosphation agent and molar ratios used. These properties can determine the selection of Libraphos products for use, for example, in hydrotropes, corrosion inhibitors, lubricants and antistatics.

    Top-tier customer service guarantees customer loyalty

    ‘When choosing Libraphos phosphate esters, our customers know they are getting far more than a top-quality product with broad utility,’ said Richard Lock, Commercial Director, Libra. ‘They are also getting an unparalleled level of customer service from a UK manufacturer that they can trust.’

    Customer testimonial

    ‘We have introduced Libraphos P4 ester as an alternative product for our customer, who had supply issues from a large multinational producer in Europe. Thanks to our good contact with the customer and excellent support of Libra, we were able to supply a sample and trial order quickly. Our customer is using this product in the production of resins that are used in the construction industry and we have forecasted significant consumption in 2019.’ – Miguel Vol, Country Manager, Ravago Chemicals


  • Libra Speciality Chemicals participated in MOPO team relay event

    Libra Speciality Chemicals International Sales Manager (Jon Dutton) participated in MOPO relay race with the company’s long-standing German distributor and partner, Biesterfeld on 8th August 2019.

    The MOPO relay event was a charitable relay event in Hamburg, Germany. The overall objective of the relay race was to achieve great teamwork and to further reinforce the relationship between Libra Speciality Chemicals and Biesterfeld.

    To find out more about the event visit – http://www.mopo-team-staffellauf.de

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Contact Libra Speciality Chemicals for any International or sales or enquires –
    Tel – +447415093911 / EmailJon.Dutton@librachem.co.uk


  • Libra Speciality Chemicals are exhibiting at SEPAWA congress 2019

    Libra Speciality Chemicals will be participating in the Sepawa congress in Berlin, Germany. Sepawa is one of Europe ‘s largest professional associations for the detergent/cleaner, cosmetic and perfume industry.

    A day at Sepawa consists of a lecture programme, which covers industry areas including detergents, cleaners, cosmetics and perfumery in Europe. A large turnout is expected for the action-packed day. During the day there will be 150 industry experts from around the world whom will be sharing their knowledge, innovative developments and research within the chemical sector. Throughout the day there will be a schedule of poster presentations and innovative, cutting-edge industry talks.

    Libra’s specialist advisors will be able to advise on specific customer applications. Libra will also be showcasing their products through a series of samples, along with technical sheets and leaflets. Come along for an informal chat with Libra’s advisors. We hope to see you all there!

    Congress date(s) 23rd October 2019- 25th October 2019

    Book your tickets now – https://www.sepawa.com/en/homesite/

    To find out more about Libra Speciality Chemical’s products see for full product description:
    Emailsales@librachem.co.uk
    Tel – +44(0) 161 775 1888

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  • Libra Speciality Chemicals are the official sponsors of Christleton RUFC

    Libra Speciality Chemicals have recently sponsored Christleton RUFC team in Chester. Christleton RUFC are a community orientated team, they welcome everyone along to their rugby matches and encourage everyone of all ages to participate in Rugby. Last season they sealed victory of the league. Christleton RUFC have high hopes of maintaining their performance during their next season.

    Libra has provided the team with a new rugby kit which they will receive in September 2019. Libra have decided to sponsor Christleton RUFC as they want to encourage people to be healthy, participate in sports and be social in the local community.

    Libra have also decided to sponsor Christleton as we believe they have mutual shared values, success and encouragement. These positive attributes are what Libra strives to achieve when working in the local community. We want to support our local communities and make sure clubs such as Christleton RUFC thrive and succeed.

    At Libra we will be keeping track of the matches and scores and be posting them on our social media pages (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn). Everyone at Libra  be rooting for Christleton RUFC to win their matches and hopefully win the league once again!


    The picture above is the RUFC rugby boys following the victory that sealed the league last season.

    A new photo of the boys in their brand-new kit will be uploaded on our news-feed and social media over the following weeks. Make sure to keep up to date with our sponsorship following Christleton RUFC.

    Follow our social media to find out more about the exciting events and sponsorships which Libra participate in:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/libra-chemicals
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/LibraChem

    Christleton RUFC: https://www.pitchero.com/clubs/christleton1/teams/54498


  • Libra Speciality Chemicals celebrates a 10 year’ partnership with major Italian chemicals distributor Eurosyn

    Libra Speciality Chemicals celebrates a 10 year’ partnership with major Italian chemicals distributor Eurosyn

    Eurosyn is one of the largest chemical distributors in Italy. Eurosyn are a highly trusted distribution company whom delivers excellence and efficiency when distributing Libra Speciality Chemicals. Eurosyn specialises in distributing cleaners and detergents, cosmetics, formulators and I.P.C throughout Italy. The company has distributed speciality chemicals for 36 years, Libra and Eurosyn are one of its’ longest, trusted partners.

    Libra Speciality Chemicals and Eurosyn have recently celebrated their 10 year’ anniversary of becoming partners at a restaurant in Milan during July 2019. Libra’s trip attendees included; Richard Lock (Commercial Director) and Jon Dutton (International Sales Manager).

    During Libra’s visit to Milan both parties bonded over dinner reinforcing the long-term partnership delivering world class surfactants to the Italian markets. This celebration was highly successful and well-deserved. The meeting was mutually beneficial to both parties as it helped them to retain a long-lasting relationship. Libra Speciality Chemicals and Eurosyn are committed to increased success and strengthened relationship over the years to come. Both parties are continuing to work hard to deliver high quality goods with in a highly efficient and effective distribution system.

    For Italian distribution enquiries of Libra Speciality Chemicals products visit: http://www.eurosyn.it/?lang=en

    or contact Libra Speciality Chemicals directly:
    Telephone: + 44 161 775 1888
    Email: sales@librachem.co.uk


  • Jon Dutton – International Sales Manager

    Jon DuttonI’m a practiced sales professional with a background in Industrial Lubrication and experience working in regions all around the world.

    In the past I have aided in expanding organisational customer base, ensuring a strong presence in the market and given the highest quality of service, all of which I intend on carrying forward into my new role.

    I am looking forward to developing commercial relationships with customers and establishing new markets. Not only that, I will emphasise offering unparalleled technical and commercial support for Libra Speciality Chemicals’ extensive range of products.

    Prior to moving into sales, I worked as a developmental chemist which has informed the technical aspects of my career so far.

    I’m very excited to have joined Libra Speciality Chemicals and look forward to the future.

    Email: jon.dutton@librachem.co.uk

    Tel: +44 (0) 7415 093 911

     


  • Libra is pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted for an ABB manufacturing and resource efficiency award 

     

     

    Libra is pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted for an ABB manufacturing and resource efficiency award on 13th June 2019 at St George’s Hall, Liverpool

    The Chemical Industry Awards

    The UK chemical awards is a prestigious event which offers an opportunity for chemical related businesses to showcase their company. The chemicals industry awards helps to promote multiple businesses performance and product selection along with celebrating the achievements and advancements with in the chemicals industry.

    What is the ABB manufacturing industry award?  

    Libra was shortlisted for the award on May 10th 2019. The award is open to manufacturing companies whom manufacturer: chemicals, food, packaging, rubber, plastics, petroleum or pharmaceutical products. The award will be delegated to world class manufacturers which demonstrates improvements with in the industry as well as overall excellency within its’ performance.

    What will the award mean for Libra?

    The success of the award will highly credible as it analyses key strengths with in the chemicals sector. The award will be delegated to a company which has achieved excellent manufacturing & resource efficiency performance, high quality products, distribution & delivery achievement.

    Read more about the Chemical Industry Awards https://www.cia.org.uk/ciaawards/

     


  • Libra scoops two Chemicals Northwest Awards for 2019

    Libra scoops two Chemicals Northwest Awards for 2019

    Libra Speciality Chemicals is the proud recipient of two prestigious Chemicals Northwest Awards for 2019! The results of the hotly contested awards were announced at the 9th Chemicals Northwest Awards dinner on 28 March at The Imperial War Museum North, Manchester.

    Leading the way in international trade

    Libra’s success in the International Trade category commends how we have revolutionised our approach to export business over the past year, extending our reach beyond Europe to new territories to strengthen and future-proof our trade position.

    An impressive 24% growth in export sales was achieved in just one year through our focus on personalised, face-to-face engagement with our customers, and our commitment to a true partnership approach that goes well beyond supply.

    Richard Lock, Commercial Director, Libra, commented: ‘Our Chairman and CEO, Graham Royle, set out a three-pronged growth strategy for Libra – more chemistry on the plant, sell into more global geographies and sell into more industry sectors. We are absolutely delighted to win this award, which demonstrates our ongoing success to take Libra’s products around the world. We are now selling on every continent into many industries and we continue to grow each year.’

    Nurturing the next generation of chemical graduates

    Our win in the Young Talent in Technical Operations category highlights our continuing focus on developing the talent and expertise of our skilled workforce. It commends an exemplary first year in industry for our Graduate Process Engineer James Chatterton, and the significant contribution he made in helping Libra to deliver its largest and most complex project in history – the creation of a new, world-class, multifunctional manufacturing plant.

    Graham Cox, Operations Director, Libra, commented: ‘Libra has an excellent reputation for developing our staff and also for engaging with universities for work placements to help train the next generation of chemical graduates. We are extremely proud of James, who joined Libra at a time when we were part-way through constructing a new factory unit with some of the largest batch reactors in the world. James dived into this multi-million-pound project with incredible enthusiasm and truly demonstrated his technical abilities.’

    Libra is a proud supporter and active member of Chemicals Northwest – the UK’s largest industry-led organisation for the chemical sector. Read more about the organisation and this year’s awards on the Chemicals Northwest website here.


  • Libra Speciality Chemicals are exhibiting at CHEMUK 2019

    CHEMUK 2019 will open it’s doors on 1st & 2nd May 2019 at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate. We look forward to welcoming you there, please come and meet the team at Stand K8.

    CHEMUK

    Please contact sales@librachem.co.uk or contact the team on +44 (0) 161 775 188 for any questions or requirements.


  • First shipments of betaines leave Libra Speciality Chemicals’ new state-of-the-art, multifunctional manufacturing plant

    After an exciting and intensive two and a half years of design and construction, the first shipments of Librateric cocamidopropyl betaines have now left Libra’s new state-of-the-art, multifunctional manufacturing plant, bound for both UK and export markets.

    First shipments of betaines leave Libra Speciality Chemicals’

     

    Having recently opened in Manchester, UK, Libra’s dedicated plant is now manufacturing a new series of 30% and 38% active betaines, serving its global customer base with a broader offering of top-quality amphoteric surfactants. Over just 30 months, the multi-million-pound fully computerised plant has been designed, built and fully commissioned to include a 30,000 litre intermediate cocamidopropyl amine reactor, two alkylation reactors – one of 60,000 litres and another of 35,000 litres – and a distillation column. The alkylation reactors are constructed from an innovative duplex alloy to provide the highest purity of betaine.

    The new plant equips Libra with an impressive additional production capacity of over 32,000 tonnes per annum of amphoteric surfactants, supplied in either 200 kg drums, 1,000 kg intermediate bulk containers, or full-bulk tankers, to suit customer requirements.

    The new range of Librateric products offers everything that might be expected from top quality betaines – stability over a wide pH range; compatibility with anionic, non-ionic and cationic surfactants; and high foaming capabilities (even in high electrolyte solutions) – all at a competitive price, and with market-leading manufacturing and sustainability standards.

    The new plant is also accredited to EFfCI (European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients) to ensure the highest quality of betaines for the personal care and cosmetics markets, as well as for a whole range of HI&I applications.

    Libra’s Chairman & CEO, Graham Royle, commented: ‘Our new betaines plant is yet another landmark development for Libra, and for the UK chemical manufacturing industry as a whole. I am extremely proud of both my team and that we continue to drive innovation and investment in the chemical industry in the North West of England, whilst maintaining our reputation for combining market-leading quality with the World Class service that our global customers have come to know and expect from us.’

    Find out more…

    • Explore the benefits of Libra products or request a technical data sheet by contacting the Libra team:
    • Enquire online
    • Telephone: +44 161 775 1888
    • Email: sales@librachem.co.uk

  • Libra Speciality Chemicals – Welcomes Sales Manager – Contract and Toll Manufacturing

    Tausif

     

    Tausif Salim Patel (MBA) – Sales Manager

    An experienced sales professional with a background in Oilfield chemical applications with key focus in providing Production Chemistry/Account Management support to onshore and offshore oil and gas platforms. Proactively provided specialist service on chemical process, corrosion management and flow assurance related matters by solving complex problems safely.

    I am looking forward to developing technical and commercial partnerships with our valued customers with focus in exceeding their expectations. Engaging and exploring new markets and applications for Libra Speciality Chemicals’ fantastic range of products and toll manufacturing services.

    I am a passionate and a driven individual with a proven track record of strategically delivery sales, efficiency enhancements and continuous success for all stakeholders involved.

    I’m very excited to have joined Libra Speciality Chemicals and look forward to working with you all in the future.


  • Libra shortlisted for three Chemicals Northwest Awards for 2019

    Chemicals Northwest Awards

    We are delighted to announce that Libra Speciality Chemicals has been named as a finalist for three Chemicals Northwest Awards for 2019!

    These prestigious nominations recognise Libra’s excellence across a wide spectrum of business activities:

    The Manufacturing Company of the Year Award 2019 nomination acknowledges our ability to technologically innovate, optimising efficiency and maximising production capacity for our existing product ranges, while also expanding our portfolio to include cocamidopropyl betaines through our new world-class, multi-million-pound, multifunctional manufacturing plant, which comes on stream in March.

    Our shortlisting in the International Trade Award 2019 category commends how we have revolutionised our approach to export business over the past year, extending our reach beyond Europe to new global territories to strengthen and future-proof our trade position.

    In addition, our focus on nurturing the talent and expertise of our skilled workforce has been recognised with a nomination in the Young Talent in Technical Operations Award 2019 category.

    The results of these hotly contested awards will be revealed in a ceremony on 28 March at The Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, so watch this space! It will be a great night and we urge you to book a table if you can.

    Libra is a proud supporter and active member of Chemicals Northwest – the UK’s largest industry-led organisation for the chemical sector. To find out more about the organisation and the awards scheme, please visit the awards homepage here.


  • Visit Libra Speciality Chemicals at in-cosmetics Global 2019

    Libra Speciality Chemicals will be attending in-cosmetics Global, the leading exhibition and conference in Paris for personal care ingredients.

    Heading into its 30th edition in 2019, in-cosmetics Global is the leading event for personal care ingredients. The exhibition brings together personal care ingredients suppliers (exhibitors) with finished product manufacturers (visitors), each looking to network, learn about future trends and discover new products.

    Libra Speciality Chemicals at in-cosmetics Global 2019

    Please contact Sales@librachem.co.uk or contact the team on +44 (0) 161 775 188 for any questions or requirements


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  • Visit Libra at SCS Formulate

    SCS Formulate Opens Tomorrow

    SCS Formulate is largest event in the UK dedicated to the creation and formulation of personal care and cosmetic products.

    Taking place this week (13 – 14 November) at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, there is plenty of content, information, contacts and expertise on offer.

    We look forward to welcoming you, please come by our stand 320, to meet our team and discuss your requirements.


  • Visit Libra at In-Cosmetic Asia – The leading event in Asia Pacific for personal care ingredients

    The exhibition brings over 450 international exhibitors of ingredients, fragrances, lab equipment, testing and regulatory solutions with over 10,300 Asia Pacific personal care creators.

    in-cosmetics Asia is the Asia Pacific launch place for innovation in ingredients and technologies, providing 100% free education and consumer insights for formulators, R&D and regulatory professionals.

    Showcasing industry trends throughout Asia-Pacific, in-cosmetics Asia offers the most cost-effective business and networking opportunities for the personal care ingredients community in the region.

    Please contact Sales@librachem.co.uk or contact the team on +44 (0) 161 775 188 for any questions or requirements

     


  • Libra are attending the Fabric and Home Care World Conference

    Navigating Global Transformation—Are you on course?

    Join fellow leaders to help shape the future of the global fabric and home care business in Boca Raton, Florida, USA! Be a part of the premier executive forum for knowledge sharing and networking in the industry by attending the Fabric and Home Care World Conference when it comes to the United States for the first time.

    Please contact Sales@librachem.co.uk or contact the team on +44 (0) 161 775 188 for any questions or requirements

     

     

     

     


  • Visit Libra at SCS Formulate

    SCS Formulate is the UK’s largest event of its kind, focusing on raw materials, ingredients and formulation services used in creating personal care and cosmetic products.

    In the exhibition you will be able to find every conceivable ingredient, raw material and other vital tool of your trade used in creating innovative cosmetic and personal care products.

    It is a unique opportunity to see the new, the innovative, the proven, the everyday and the obscure – everything you need to create, make and market cosmetics for today and tomorrow.

    Not already registered?  https://www.eventdata.co.uk/Forms/Default.aspx?FormRef=SCSB8Visitor

    Please contact Sales@librachem.co.uk or contact the team on +44 (0) 161 775 188 for any questions or requirements

     


  • Libra are exhibiting at SEPAWA CONGRESS 2018 Stand A112

    Create the best future for your business by visiting the industry event of the year!

    We look forward to welcoming you at SEPAWA CONGRESS 2018.

    Please come by our stand A112, to meet our team and discuss your requirements.

    The Home and Personal Care Industry meets again in Berlin

    • More than 3000 delegates
    • Over 110 oral presentations
    • 262 exhibiting companies
    • More than 500 represented companies
    • Special feature: “Fragrances: Science, Regulation and Market” powered by the DGP
    • Fashion Show and Fragrance Special
    • Social program: “The famous After Event”

    Please contact Sales@librachem.co.uk or contact the team on +44 (0) 161 775 188 for any questions or requirements


  • Libra Speciality Chemicals are hiring

    Libra Speciality Chemicals continue to expand our manufacturing site in Manchester, UK and we have an exciting new Technical Commercial role available.

    Are you a proactive problem solver with drive and determination to succeed and want to make a commercial impact in the UK and Global surfactant markets?

    If you would like to find out more about the role, please contact our sales department sales@librachem.co.uk.


  • Visit Libra Speciality Chemicals at SEPAWA Congress 2018

    
    

    SEPAWA is just around the corner, come and visit us on stand A112

    The annual SEPAWA Congress is the most significant meeting point of the detergents/cleansers, cosmetics and perfumery industry in Europe. In the exhibition area, over 250 companies present their latest products, trends and wide-ranging know-how.

    We look forward to seeing you all there.

    Please contact Sales@librachem.co.uk or contact the team on +44 (0) 161 775 188 for any questions or requirements


  • Libra Speciality Chemicals T off for charity

    Last week, Libra’s team of talented golfers participated in the CUPS 2018 golf event, in aid of two local charities: Neonatal unit at Leighton hospital Cheshire and St Luke’s hospice.

    Libra Speciality Chemicals is proud and grateful to be part of such a worthy event, that helps make such a difference, to every day local charities.

    A huge thank you to the organisers and venue for their wonderful hospitality.


  • Libra exhibiting at SEPAWA CONGRESS 2018

    We will be exhibiting at SEPAWA CONGRESS 2018 in Berlin from the 10th – 12th October.

     

    We are excited to be a part of this exhibition again this year and you can find us on stand A112.

    The annual SEPAWA Congress is the ground breaking event for the detergents/cleansers, cosmetics and perfumery industry in Europe. With over 130 lectures and presentations and above 250 exhibitors, the SEPAWA Congress offers a wealth of information to more than 3,000 participants.

    We look forward to seeing you all there!

    Please contact Sales@librachem.co.uk or contact the team on +44 (0) 161 775 188 for any questions or requirements


  • Libra Speciality Chemicals signs up Biesterfeld as an official distributor

    Libra is pleased to announce the official appointment of Biesterfeld (www.biesterfeld-spezialchemie.com) as our official distributor for all Libra Products.

     

    The agreement solidifies the ever-strengthening partnership between our two companies and was signed today between Sergej But (Marketing Manager, Biesterfeld) and Richard Lock (Commercial Director, Libra). Libra is an Independent UK manufacturer of high quality surfactants to industries including Personal Care, Household Care, Industrial & Institutional, Textile, Oil & Gas and Metal Working.

    Biesterfled Spezialchemie GmbH is part of the Biesterfeld Group, It is a pan- European, rapidly growing distributor of speciality chemicals in the areas of Life science, Nutrition, CASE (Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants, Elastomers) and Performance products.

    The agreement with Biesterfeld as an official distributor, further reinforces the importance of this market for Libra.

    Libra continues to grow by providing excellent quality surfactants and customer service from a team that really cares about the needs of its customers.

    Libra is looking to further expand its global distributor network, so if you are interested to distribute for us, please contact us at: sales@librachem.co.uk


  • Libra Speciality Chemicals: On your marks get set…go!

    We are participating in MOPO team relay race.

    Libra and Biesterfeld are partnering to participate in this in upcoming relay race.

    This is more than just a running event, it’s “Achieving a goal together” further cementing the long standing collaboration between both Libra and Biesterfeld.

    To find out more about the event go to http://www.mopo-team-staffellauf.de

    Libra Speciality Chemicals

  • New Cocamidopropyl Betaine Plant (CAPB) Starting to take shape

    Check out the progress of our new Cocamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB) plant in Manchester, UK. Construction is well underway, allowing further progress on site.

    Betaine Plant2 31st July 2018 Betaine Plant 31st july 2018

    With a state of the art design including a distillation column and two main reactors of 35,000 litres and 60,000 litres, we will be able to produce over 30k t/pa of surfactants used in personal care and cleaning applications.

    Providing best in class quality and service we will be able to produce surfactants in 200kg drums, 1000kg IBC’s and Full Bulk tankers and continuing to deliver across the world.

    This is a great step forward for the UK chemical manufacturing industry and Libra Speciality Chemicals is proud to be investing in this critical industry, cementing our future in the North West.

    If you have any questions or would like any samples for pre-approval please feel free to contact us at sales@librachem.co.uk


  • Libraquat PQ7 Specially Formulated for Market-Leading Performance and Quality

    Libraquat PQ7

     

    Polyquaternium-7 (PQ7) is a cationic, water-soluble surfactant with excellent properties for personal care. In its first year on the market, Libraquat PQ7 from Libra Speciality Chemicals Ltd has already won over customers based around the world, thanks to its superior performance and quality.

    Designed to give skin and hair a silky-smooth feel, PQ7 has a wide range of applications across the personal care market, particularly in haircare products. The attraction between the positive charges within PQ7 and the naturally anionic characteristics of hair enables it to coat hair strands with a thin, invisible film. This makes it perfect for use in spray-on, leave-in hair conditioners and detangling products, resulting in smooth, soft hair that holds its shape, with a glossy finish.

    We are also seeing a large increase in the use of our PQ7 in bath & body wash-off products, where the PQ7 leaves the skin feeling silky-smooth after drying.

    Example applications for Libraquat PQ7

    – Shampoos
    – Hair conditioners
    – Hair-detangling products
    – Emollient skin cleansers
    – Shower gels
    – Liquid hand soaps

    Formulated for superior performance and quality
    Libra has optimised the formulation of Libraquat PQ7 to ensure that it provides both enhanced performance and market-leading, cosmetic-grade quality.

    From a technical perspective, what sets Libraquat PQ7 apart from competitors is the specific ratio of highly stable monomers (acrylamide and diallyldimethylammonium chloride)

    used during manufacture. ‘There are other PQ7’s available on the market but their performance levels vary greatly. By ensuring the correct ratio of monomers in Libraquat PQ7, we can guarantee that our customers are receiving a highly stable copolymer that provides superior performance,’  said Libra’s technical team.

    During manufacture, the process water is guaranteed microbiologically pure through the use of ozonation and reverse osmosis techniques. This, along with analysis using state-of-the-art high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and gas chromatography (GC), ensures the highest quality standards of the finished, INCI-registered product. ‘Our testing is so rigorous that we can guarantee Libraquat PQ7 is free from all organic and inorganic contamination,’ said Libra’s technical team.

    Partnering for success
    As is true for all of Libra’s products, customers purchasing Libraquat PQ7 benefit not only from the quality of the product itself, but also from a bespoke service that is tailored to their particular requirements. Whether the request is for formulation to a specific viscosity (which can be met through careful control of the molecular weight during the polymerisation process), or to a specific quantity (from 25 kilos up to 25 tonnes bulk), Libra’s partnership approach offers a tailored solution.

    ‘As well as praising the quality of our service, our customers comment regularly on the ease with which they have transitioned Libraquat PQ7 seamlessly into their approval process, with no stability issues,’ said Richard Lock, Commercial Director, Libra. ‘By partnering with Libra, you are guaranteed market-leading quality from a UK manufacturer that you can trust, at competitive pricing and delivered globally.’

    Find out more…

    Visit Libra Speciality Chemicals Ltd online at www.librachem.co.uk


  • Visit Libra at Chempsec

    Highly successful industry event kicks off today, we look forward to welcoming you at Chemspec.

    Please come by our stand G88, Hall 8 to discuss your contract manufacturing requirements.

     

     


  • Visit Libra at CHEMSPEC in Cologne

    Just 6 days to go, create the best future for your business by visiting the
    industry event of the year! We look forward to welcoming you at Chemspec
    Europe 2018. Please come by our stand G8, Hall 8 to discuss your contract
    manufacturing requirements.

    Chemspec

  • Visit us at CHEMSPEC in Cologne

    Libra Speciality Chemicals will be exhibiting at Chemspec Europe in Cologne, Germany on the 20th -21st June 2018. Please come by our stand G8, Hall 8 to discuss your contract manufacturing requirements.

    Chemspec

  • Libranox Amine Oxides Market-Leading Quality and Value, with World-Class Customer Service

    Libranox Amine Oxides

     

    Renowned for their detergency, foam-boosting and foam-stabilising properties, amine oxides are widely used in the cleaning and personal care markets. But with a vast array of these non-ionic surfactants available on the market, what makes the Libranox range from Libra Speciality Chemicals Ltd the top choice for so many of our loyal customers around the world?

    Since their introduction to the market in 2014, Libranox Amine Oxides have provided a great-value, top-quality solution to both multinational corporations and smaller, local companies alike. Whether the need is for a low-foaming agent with excellent cleaning power, or a foam-boosting, cosmetic-grade ingredient for shampoo or bubble bath, the Libranox portfolio has the answer.

    Applications for Libranox products (AO10, AO12/14, AO14, CAO and CAP)

    • Shampoos
    • Bubble baths
    • Hair conditioners
    • Dishwashing detergents
    • Laundry detergents
    • All-purpose cleaning agents
    • Liquid bleach products
    • Foam stabilisers in rubber and polymer industries

    Importantly, Libranox products are compatible with most surfactants. Evidence shows that they can even exhibit synergistic effects when combined with anionic and other non-ionic surfactants. For example, use in combination with anionic sodium lauryl ether sulphate (SLES) is proven to give an increased detergency effect.

    Furthermore, they do not hydrolyse in strongly acidic or alkaline systems, and they are used extensively with both sodium hypochlorite and hydrogen peroxide to produce bleach-based cleaning products.

    In fact, Libranox products offer everything you would expect from amine oxides in terms of their ability to provide viscosity, grease emulsification and soil suspension, with the added benefit of superior quality versus competitor products.

    Purity ensures superiority over other amine oxides

    All of Libra’s amine oxides are made with very pure water. A tightly honed manufacturing process involving ozonation, reverse osmosis and UV filtration ensures that Libranox products are microbiologically pure, and free from bacteria and other contaminants -– ideal for high-end personal care.

    ‘We are intently focused on ensuring the purity of our products,’ said Rob Wiles, Technical Manager, Libra. ‘Even by eye, you can see that Libranox products are crystal clear, not yellow or white like other amine oxides on the market. All of our Libranox products are rigorously tested and INCI and REACH registered, and in the history of production, we have never had a single instance of bio-bloom.’

    Libra’s control over its manufacturing process also brings other important benefits. Customers can be assured that, with residual hydrogen peroxide levels of just 300 parts per million, Libranox products will not affect dyes. In addition, Libra’s thorough knowledge of the decay curve means that these peroxide levels can be carefully adjusted to ensure that Libranox remains contaminant-free in transit, regardless of the length of its journey.

    Quality and service guarantee value for money

    With a keen focus on both sustainability and health and safety compliance, Libra can produce 66,000 tonnes of amine oxides per annum (including RSPO certification grades, where required) in its dedicated EFfCI-registered plant. This volume of scale, coupled with a highly efficient and low-cost manufacturing process (which allows for the production of up to 90 tonnes by one person in a single batch cycle), means that Libra customers have access to the best value, top-quality amine oxides on the market.

    ‘With Libranox, not only do our customers have access to the very best quality and value amine oxides available; they are also assured of an unparalleled level of customer service that is tailored to their specific requirements,’ said Richard Lock, Commercial Director, Libra. ‘This is what our loyal customers have come to expect from partnering with Libra.’

    Find out more…


  • Libra Speciality Chemicals: 47 years of investment, growth and evolution

    Libra Speciality Chemicals

    1994: Libra back in the day

     

    Libra Speciality Chemicals

    2017–2018: Libra now…and changing rapidly!

    As one of the largest independent chemical manufacturers in the UK, Libra Speciality Chemicals continues to invest in the global chemicals market, providing its customers with reassurance of supply and the promise of continuous improvement. Here, we take a look back at the 47-year journey that propelled Libra to the forefront of the UK chemical industry.

    Starting out in 1971, Libra began as a small company supplying formulated products and surfactants to the textile industry. In response to changing market needs, years of major investment in more recent years saw a dramatic increase in Libra’s footprint, capacity and product range, with the construction of brand new production facilities, warehouses and offices that would see the company move beyond blending and formulation into pure chemistry. This move allowed Libra to broaden its offering, venturing into specialist products for new industry sectors, whilst also expanding its contract manufacturing business. Since then, Libra has continued to invest and grow year on year, further expanding its reach, unlocking its future potential and cementing its position as a major contract manufacturer for multinational blue-chip companies.

    Timeline

     

    Trusted partnerships with a customer-centric ethos
    Throughout decades of evolution, the company ethos has remained the same – to provide unparalleled customer service and quality. According to Richard Lock, Commercial Director, this mantra runs through the whole organisation: ‘From start to finish, everyone is committed to making sure that Libra remains the number-one supplier – from the sales team, all the way through to the warehouse staff who load the wagons with the care and consideration that we and our customers expect.’ Richard believes it is this deeply embedded ethos that retains the long-term loyalty of Libra’s many blue-chip partners: ‘When our customers need us, we pull out all of the stops for them – everyone goes above and beyond to deliver.’

    And hand-in-hand with service comes a keen focus on environmental, quality, and health and safety standards, demanding a culture of continuous improvement. Libra operates an upper-tier COMAH (Seveso III) site and is already accredited to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, EffCI and RSPO. ‘We’re always looking for ways we can improve even further. We set out to be the very best, and we will engineer things not just to match the quality expectations of our customers, but to surpass them,’ said Richard.

    Industries supported by Libra products

    • Personal Care
    • Home, Industrial & Institutional Cleaning
    • Lubricants
    • Oil and Gas
    • Agrochemicals
    • Water Treatment

    As many of its competitors look to hold back on capital investments, Libra continues to invest heavily in the future of the UK chemical industry. Currently under construction, the new multi-million-pound, state-of-the-art cocamidopropyl betaine plant in Manchester will equip Libra to produce an additional 32k tpa of surfactants for the cleaning and personal care sectors.

    The promise of an even brighter future for speciality manufacturing
    While it continues to stay rooted in the surfactant industry, Libra prides itself on its forward-looking approach and the agility that comes from being an independent manufacturer. ‘We’ve worked hard to build a strong reputation over the years, and to retain the flexibility that allows us to respond quickly to market needs,’ said Richard. ‘I’m confident that this heritage, coupled with our customer-centric focus, will ensure that Libra continues to thrive in the years to come.’

    Find out more…

    Contact us to learn more about how Libra Speciality Chemicals could support you:


  • Libra Speciality Chemicals signs up Ravago Chemicals as an official distributor

     

    A fantastic start to In-Cosmetics Global, Libra is pleased to announce the official appointment of Ravago, as a distributor for Libra products.

    The agreement solidifies the ever-strengthening partnership between our two companies and was signed on the 18th of April between Manfred Schade (Business Unit Director- Ravago) Richard Lock (Commercial Director Libra).

    Ravago is, in the true sense of the word, a family company. During its 55 years of existence the family has grown from a local Belgian team to an international group with headquarters in Luxembourg. Over 5200 employees across the globe work together in the same spirit and partnership.

    The agreement with Ravago as an official distributor further reinforces the importance of growth for Libra, enhancing our global presence with the support and distribution expertise of Ravago in the following countries: Austria, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey.

    Libra continues to grow by providing excellent quality surfactants and customer service from a team that really cares about the needs of its customers.

    Libra is looking to further expand its global distributor network, so if you are interested in distributing our products, please contact us at: sales@librachem.co.uk

    Enquiries for Ravago contact: http://www.ravagochemicals.com/

     


  • Libra are exhibiting at In-Cos Global – Stand F110

    To discuss your Personal Care requirements, come and meet our team on stand F110.

     


  • Libradet 40: A cost-effective solution for the production of superior-quality, lightweight (foamed) concrete mixes

    Libradet 40

     

    The building industry’s choice of construction and insulation materials is coming under increasing scrutiny due to environmental and safety issues. Concrete certainly offers fire retardancy, but how can you ensure excellent thermal insulation without making compromises in terms of weight or structural integrity? The answer – Libradet 40.

    Libradet 40 is a synergistic blend of surfactants and foam stabilisers. Its ability to create a high-foaming product with consistent bubble size means it is well-suited to the production of lightweight foamed concrete. Libradet 40 was first introduced to the Middle East in 1997 and now has over two decades of proven use as a cost-effective solution for the production of superior-quality, lightweight concrete mixes that offer excellent thermal insulation. Lightweight concrete may vary from 300 to 1600 kg/m3. The compressive strength of foamed concrete, determined at 28 days, ranges from 0.2 to 10 N/mm2, and thermal conductivity from 0.1 to 0.3 W/mK.

    ‘Libradet 40 was developed through our experience of formulating products used for firefighting foams,’ said Richard Lock, Commercial Director, Libra Speciality Chemicals. ‘Its similar technology and application techniques enable the creation of a honeycomb structure in the concrete, which gives great thermal insulation properties.’

    A multitude of applications for minimal capital investment

    Inclusion of Libradet 40 in concrete blends can assist in the creation of high-quality, low-cost and lightweight concrete beams, blocks and panels. However, it also has a strong track record in a variety of alternative applications, such as improving insulation performance in roofing and floor screeds, enhancing fire retardancy in mixes for service voids and fire walls/doors, and reducing the costs involved with trench reinstatement and roadworks.

    Importantly, all these benefits can be realised with minimal investment in specialist equipment. ‘Essentially, the difference between making concrete and lightweight concrete comes down to a foam-generation unit, water and Libradet 40. That’s all that is needed,’ said Richard.

    Benefits of Libradet 40

    • Excellent thermal insulation in lightweight concrete blends
    • Suitable for use with all types of Portland cement
    • Excellent stability over a wide range of temperature and water qualities

    Suitable for use even in cold weather

    Shaping the future of European construction

    Until now, lightweight concretes have not played a major role in European construction, while their popularity in the Middle East continues to grow. Over the last two decades, demand for Libradet 40 has increased in the Middle East and Indian markets, mainly through word-of-mouth recommendations. Today, hundreds of tonnes are sold per year and the customer base continues to expand.

    ‘The long-term success of Libradet 40 in the Middle East speaks volumes about its function and stability,’ said Richard. But beyond just its proven technology, Libradet 40 also offers compliance with the ASTM C869 international building standard, offering the European industry a viable alternative to hazardous polyurethane insulation.

    ‘The building insulation market in Europe has changed dramatically over the last 2–3 years,’ said Richard. ‘There is much to be learnt from what the Middle East has done with lightweight concretes and infill structures. Their experience provides a solid springboard for the transformation of the European construction industry.’

    Find out more…

    Learn more by visiting our Libradet product page


  • Libra are exhibiting at in-cosmetics Global 2018 – stand F110

     

    Libra Speciality Chemicals are exhibiting at in-cosmetics Global 2018 and we would like to invite you to meet us on our stand F110.

     

     


  • Frank O’Neil (AKA Mr Surfactant) Retires

    It is with mixed feelings that Libra Speciality Chemicals announce the retirement of Frank O’Neill.

    Frank began his journey with us twenty nine years ago and has always been a dedicated, hardworking, well-loved member of the Libra team.

    He has been a pleasure to work with and we will miss him a lot.

    We would like to say a huge thank you for the twenty nine years Frank has contributed to Libra and the wealth of experience he has gifted us. Franks achievements will not be forgotten.

    Please join me in wishing him all the best in the next steps of his journey.


  • EFfCI Announcement

    Libra Speciality Chemicals has achieved EFfCI certification, confirming compliance with the EFfCI Supply Chain Certification Standard. This reinforces our commitment to the quality of cosmetic ingredients. This is critical in assuring the safety and high a standard of cosmetic products and related personal care products. Therefore, applying the EFfCI principles to cosmetic ingredients is essential in guaranteeing our customers can be assured of consistent quality, providing peace of mind.

    “The Formula to our success has been, and will continue to be… Total Customer Satisfaction; it’s the driving force behind everything we do

    Meeting the Needs of customer Quality

    As the demand from both consumers and retailers for outstanding quality and traceability of product manufacturing gathers momentum. This is momentum is met with EFfCI-accreditation, a globally recognised body, giving confidence that all cosmetic products manufactured at Libra are fully traceable from start of manufacture to delivery to the customer.  Libra’s ability to provide EFfCI-certified cosmetic products, provides Libra’s customers the added confidence of “peace of mind” manufacturing and traceability.

    Guaranteeing EFfCI quality across the Libra portfolio

    Product ranges that will carry the EFfCI certification include Libranox (Amine Oxide, non-ionic surfactants), Libranol (alkanolamide surfactants) and Libraquat PQ7 (Polyquaternium 7, Cationic) have a large number of applications across the household cleaning and personal care industries.

    “The quality of cosmetic ingredients is critical to meeting the requirements of our customer. Achieving EFfCI certification demonstrates we are not only meeting those expectations but striving to exceed them.” commented Dr. Rob Wiles, Technical Manager, Libra.

    Find out more…

    Explore the benefits of EFfCI-certified products by contacting the Libra team:

     


  • New Cocamidopropyl Betaine Reactors arrive at Libra Speciality Chemicals

    Exciting day at Libra Specialty Chemicals, the arrival of our new reactor vessels for our Cocamidopropyl Betaine Plant, craned into position, allowing progress to take the next steps.

    With a state of the art design including a distillation column and two main reactors of 35,000 litres and 60,000 litres, we will be able to produce over 30k t/pa of surfactants used in personal care and cleaning applications.

    Providing best in class quality and service we will be able to produce surfactants in 200kg drums, 1000kg IBC’s and Full Bulk tankers and continuing to deliver across the world.

    This is a great step forward for the UK chemical manufacturing industry and Libra Speciality Chemicals is proud to be investing in this critical industry, cementing our future in the North West.

    If you have any questions or would like any samples for pre-approval please feel free to contact us at sales@librachem.co.uk


  • Libra Speciality Chemicals official UK distributor for KLK Tensachem

    Libra Speciality Chemicals continue to strengthen our distribution partnerships as official UK distributors of KLK Kolb for ethoxylates and KLK Tensachem, expanding our portfolio to include Tensachem’s range of products for Personal Care, Home Care and I&I.

    This will ensure continued commitment to our customers and provide access to an extended range of carefully selected products, made with high quality ingredients.

    Working with their full range of marketing leading surfactants such as;

    • Tensaryl – Linear Alkylbenzene Sulphonic Acids and Salts
    • Tensagex – High and Low Active Fatty Alcohol Ether Sulphates
    • Tensopol – High and Low Active Fatty Alcohol Sulphates

    http://tensachem.com/en/Home-Care-2092.html

    KLK Tensachem, based near Liège in Belgium, is a large scale, global manufacturer of Anionic surfactants for the home care and personal care markets.

    Our modern sulphonation and sulphation capabilities allow us to produce liquid, paste, and powder formulations. Additionally, the facility features its own formulated Syndets and hot melts while also offering contract manufacturing services.

    Since KLK Tensachem became part of the KLK group in 2014, it has been able to reap the benefits of backward integration by having attained a source of sustainable fatty alcohols and alkoxylates supplied by KLK Oleo and Kolb, respectively.

    KLK Tensachem has also been granted the RSPO certification for Mass Balance products.
    At Libra Speciality Chemicals our mission and formula to success has been and will continue to be total customer satisfaction: it’s the driving force behind everything we do.

    Please contact our sales team who will be on-hand to assist with any advice or quotations you may require.

    Call us on: +44 (0) 161 775 1888 or Email: sales@librachem.co.uk


  • RSPO certification reinforces Libra commitment to ethically sourced palm oil

    Ethically sourced palm oil

    Libra Speciality Chemicals has received certification from Intertek GmbH confirming compliance with the RSPO Supply Chain Certification Standard, reinforcing its commitment to using ethically sourced raw materials and providing sustainable solutions for its customers.

    Certification from the RSPO (a not-for-profit organisation committed to the sustainable procurement and use of palm oil across the entire supply chain) will guarantee that sustainability standards have been met for Libra’s use of palm kernel oil-based materials to manufacture coco alkanolamides, amide oxides and cocamidopropyl betaines.

    Meeting the growing demand for sustainable products

    As the demand from both consumers and retailers for ethically sourced, sustainable products gathers momentum, Libra’s ability to provide RSPO-certified ingredients marks a step change for its customers. For the first time, Libra customers can be reassured that they are making a meaningful contribution to the global drive for sustainable palm oil use, supporting efforts to limit deforestation, damage to natural habitats and the relocation of indigenous people in palm oil-producing regions. At the same time, choosing RSPO-certified products will help Libra customers to meet their own environmental policy targets and strengthen their competitive edge by offering certified sustainable products to their buyers.

    ‘Importantly, this RSPO certification will give our customers peace of mind that the standard of production for Libra’s palm oil products is sustainable,’ commented Rob Wiles, Technical Manager, Libra.

    The dangers of unsustainable palm oil

    • Large-scale deforestation in high‑conservation-value ecosystems
    • Loss of critical habitat for endangered species
    • Eviction of forest-dwelling peoples
    • Soil erosion
    • Air pollution
    • Soil and water pollution
    • Climate change

    Source: WWF. Environmental and social impacts of palm oil production. (accessed 22 February 2018)

    Guaranteeing sustainability across the Libra portfolio

    Product ranges that will carry the RSPO certification include Libranox (non-ionic surfactants) and Libranol (alkanolamide surfactants), which have a large number of applications across the household cleaning and personal care industries.

    Maintaining the certification to guarantee sustainability across the supply chain demands adherence to a set of strict conditions, which help to minimise the negative impact of palm oil cultivation on the environment and communities in palm oil-producing regions.

    In manufacturing these products, Libra will only source raw palm kernel oil-based materials from RSPO-certified suppliers, verifying their compliance independently through additional specification checks. Furthermore, Libra will maintain accurate and transparent records of palm-oil procurement and product-manufacturing volumes, submitting an Annual Communication of Progress report to the RSPO at the end of every year.

    ‘Libra has been affiliated with the RSPO since 2014 and we are proud to support its endeavour to transform markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm. With this recent certification, we are delighted that we and our customers are able to play our part in helping to protect the planet, its animals and its people, while also promoting fair trade for plantation workers,’ said Rob.

    Find out more…

    Explore the benefits of RSPO-certified products by contacting the Libra team:

    Learn more about the importance of sustainable palm oil use by visiting the RSPO website


  • Libra are exhibiting at in-cosmetics Global 2018 – stand F110

    Incos Global 2018

    Libra Speciality Chemicals are exhibiting at in-cosmetics Global 2018 and we would like to invite you to meet us on our stand F110.

    The event will take place at the RAI Amsterdam on 17-19 April. in-cosmetics Global is the launch pad for innovation in ingredients and technologies for personal care, providing high-level scientific education and consumer insights for formulators, R&D and regulatory professionals.

    Interested in attending? Make sure to register for your free badge in advance and save €60.


  • New Cocamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB) further advancements on site

    Check out the progress of our new Cocamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB) plant in Manchester, UK. Construction is well underway of the duplex reactors, allowing progress to take the next step on site.

     

    With a state of the art design including a distillation column and two main reactors of 35,000 litres and 60,000 litres, we will be able to produce over 30k t/pa of surfactants used in personal care and cleaning applications.

    Providing best in class quality and service we will be able to produce surfactants in 200kg drums, 1000kg IBC’s and Full Bulk tankers and continuing to deliver across the world.

    This is a great step forward for the UK chemical manufacturing industry and Libra Speciality Chemicals is proud to be investing in this critical industry, cementing our future in the North West.

    If you have any questions or would like any samples for pre-approval please feel free to contact us at sales@librachem.co.uk


  • New Cocamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB) further advancements on site

    Check out the progress at our Manchester site, the New Cocamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB)
    plant is starting to really take shape.

    With a state of the art design including a distillation column and two main reactors of 35,000
    litres and 60,000 litres, we will be able to produce up to 30k t/pa of surfactants used in
    personal care and cleaning applications.

    Providing best in class quality and service we will be able to produce surfactants in 200 litre
    drums, 1000 litre IBC’s and Full Bulk tankers and continuing to deliver across the world.
    This is a great step forward for the UK chemical manufacturing industry and Libra Speciality
    Chemicals is proud to be investing in this critical industry, cementing our future in the North
    West.

    If you have any questions or would like any samples for pre-approval please feel free to
    contact us at sales@librachem.co.uk


  • Libraquat PQ7 (Polyquaternium-7) – competitive pricing available

    Libraquat: Polyquaternium-7 Cationic Surfactant

    Polyquaternium-7, Libraquat PQ7 is an excellent cationic co-polymer that is highly soluble, compatible with anionic systems and provides clarity in formulation. This co-polymer is ideal for use in hair and skin care applications.

    In hair care it can improve wet and dry compatibility, reduced static, contributes shine and silky feel and provide a rich lather with improved foam stability. For skin care products it provides excellent moisturisation, good spread-ability, non-greasy feel and improves foam quality and stability in shower gels. Find out more on our product page.

    Libra Speciality Chemicals have been manufacturing this product for customers around the world and we are able to offer competitive pricing for a high-quality product that is produced at our UK manufacturing facility.

    If you have any questions regarding Libraquat PQ7 or any of our other products, please contact our sales team who will be on-hand to assist with any advice or quotations you may require.

    Call us on: +44 (0) 161 775 1888 or Email: sales@librachem.co.uk


  • Christmas Opening Hours

    We close on the 22nd December and reopen on the 2nd January 8.00am

     

    Merry Christmas

  • Libra Speciality Chemicals – Welcomes New Contract Manufacturing Manager

    Jeremy

    With 20+ years of technical and manufacturing experience across a wide range of markets (including Cosmetics, Personal care, HI&l, Oilfield and Coatings), Jeremy is eager to utilize this experience in developing lasting customer relationships and ensuring that Libra Speciality Chemicals consistently meet with requirements for quality manufacture of your products.

    Jeremy Yates – Contract Manufacturing Manager

    Tel: 07806767893 | Email: Jeremy.Yates@librachem.co.uk | Connect on Linkedin


  • New Cocamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB) plant is starting to really take shape

    New Cocamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB) plant is starting to really take shape

    The construction of our bespoke 60,000 litre and 35,000 litre betaine vessels are almost complete and arriving on site by the end of 2017.

    We will be able to produce up to 32k t/pa of Betaines used in Personal Care, Cleaning and Agrochemical applications to EFfCI (European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients) manufacturing standards.

    Providing best in class quality and service we will be able to produce Betaine Surfactants in 200 litre drums, 1000 litre IBC’s and Full Bulk tankers and continuing to deliver across the world.

    This is a great step forward for the UK chemical manufacturing industry and Libra Speciality Chemicals is proud to be investing in this critical industry, cementing our future in the North West.

    If you have any questions or would like any samples for pre-approval please feel free to contact us at sales@librachem.co.uk


  • Libra Specialty Chemicals Signs Up Surfachem Nordic As An Official Distributor For The Nordic’s

    Libra is pleased to announce the official appointment of Surfachem Nordic http://www.surfachem-nordic.com as the official Nordic distributor for all Libra Products .

    The agreement solidifies the ever-strengthening partnership between our two companies and was signed on the 27th November between Lasse K. Hammerstad (Managing Director Surfachem Nordic) and Richard Lock (Sales & Marketing Director of Libra).

    The agreement with Surfachem Nordic as an official distributor for the Nordic’s, further reinforces the importance of this market for Libra.

    Surfachem Nordic is a market leading distributor of speciality chemicals and ingredients to the personal care, household and industrial & institutional cleaning, pharmaceutical and industrial chemicals markets.

    Libra is proud to be an Independent UK manufacturer of high quality surfactants to industries which include: Personal Care, Household Care, Industrial & Institutional, Textile, Oil & Gas and Metal Working.

    Libra’s continued success is driven by ensuring we offer the highest quality surfactants and the best customer service, backed by a team that care about the needs of their customers.

    Libra is looking to further expand its global distributor network, so if you are interested to distribute for us, please contact us at: sales@librachem.co.uk


  • New Cocamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB) plant is starting to really take shape


    Check out the progress at our Manchester site, the New Cocamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB) plant is starting to really take shape.

    With a state of the art design including a distillation column and two main reactors of 35,000 litres and 60,000 litres, we will be able to produce up to 30k t/pa of surfactants used in personal care and cleaning applications.

    Providing best in class quality and service we will be able to produce surfactants in 200 litre drums, 1000 litre IBC’s and Full Bulk tankers and continuing to deliver across the world.

    This is a great step forward for the UK chemical manufacturing industry and Libra Speciality Chemicals is proud to be investing in this critical industry, cementing our future in the North West.

    If you have any questions or would like any samples for pre-approval please feel free to contact us at sales@librachem.co.uk


  • Libra Speciality Chemicals – Welcomes New Supply Chain Director

    Phil

     

    Phil Carson – Supply Chain Director

    An experienced supply chain professional with a background predominately in FMCG
    (Fast Moving Consumer goods) but also the Insurance industry.

    I am looking forward to developing partnerships with our valued suppliers in order to
    optimise growth and value to deliver mutual benefits through working together.
    I am also an advocated challenger of ways of working in order to reduce waste and
    drive efficiency within our supply chains.

    I am really excited to have joined Libra Speciality Chemicals and look forward to
    working with you all in the future.

    Tel: +44 (0) 7722 123 834 | Email: phil.carson@librachem.co.uk


  • Libra Speciality Chemicals – Welcomes International Sales Manager

    Sam Vine – International Sales Manager

    Sam

    With experience working globally across a number of different chemical sectors and geographies, I work diligently to develop a strong business relationship with all customers and distributors. I will continually work to ensure Libra provide the highest quality of service by becoming a single point of contact for all enquiries.

    Working with the team at Libra Specialty Chemical’s to ensure we can continue to offer outstanding technical and commercial support as well as exploring new markets and applications for our extensive range of products.

    Tel: +44 (0) 7415093911 | Email: sam.vine@librachem.co.uk


  • Libraquat PQ7 by Libra Speciality Chemicals Manufactured at Manchester (UK)

    Libraquat: Polyquaternium-7 Cationic Surfactant

    Libraquat PQ7 by Libra Speciality Chemicals, is an aqueous Polycationic copolymer of acrylamide and diallyldimethylammonium chloride. Polyquaterium is the International Nomenclature for Cosmetic Ingredients designation for several polycationic polymers that are used in the personal care industry.

    Libraquat PQ7 is an excellent cationic conditioner for hair and skin. It is especially useful in surfactant based systems such as shampoo and shower gel and is perfect for use in spray on, leave in hair conditioners. Libraquat PQ7 is a very good hair detangler and provides slip for easier wet-combing.

    In addition it will add softness and shine to dry hair. Libraquat PQ7 is also an excellent emollient for skin cleansers. When combined in a liquid hand soap formula, it provides a smooth, silky feel to the hands.

    Libra Speciality Chemicals is synthesising Libraquat PQ7 at its Manchester (UK)  Manufacturing site. Libraquat PQ7 is an aqueous Polycationic copolymer of acrylamide and diallyldimethylammonium chloride. Polyquaterium is the International Nomenclature for Cosmetic Ingredients designation for several polycationic polymers that are used in the personal care industry. Find out more on our product page.

    For competitive pricing give our sales team a call or drop us an email for personalised advice and quotes.

    Call us on: +44 (0) 161 775 1888 or Email: sales@librachem.co.uk


  • Reduce your costs by using Rapeseed Diethanolamide (Libranol RDG-LA) as your next non-ionic surfactant

    In Q4 of 2017 we have again seen dramatic volatility in the CNO and PKO markets, this has been attributed to many different effects; El Nino, increased usage in biofuels and use of coconut oil in the personal care and food industry.

    Overall this has led to significant increases in prices of Coco-Diethanolamide (Libranol CDG).

    However, is there an answer that formulators haven’t considered?

    Rapeseed Oil (RSO) remains stable, is highly sustainable, greener than alternative, majority is EU produced, while adding excellent properties and savings on raw material costs.

    Scientists at Libra Speciality Chemicals have successfully reformulated one of our laundry detergent concentrates (Libradet 55) to incorporate Libranol RDG-LA, which maintains performance and addresses the price challenges compared to coconut oil based products.

    To help reformulate with Libranol RDG please contact the sales team at Libra who will be happy to help, or see our presentation.

    Call us on: 0161 775 1888 or Email: sales@librachem.co.uk


  • Visit Libra Speciality Chemicals at in-cosmetics Asia 2017

    Libra Speciality Chemicals will be attending in-cosmetics Asia, the leading exhibition and conference in Asia Pacific for personal care ingredients.

    The exhibition brings together up to 400 international exhibitors of ingredients, fragrances, lab equipment, testing and regulatory solutions with over 8,700 Asia Pacific cosmetic manufacturers.

    in-cosmetics Asia is the Asia Pacific launch place for innovation in ingredients and technologies, providing 100% free education and consumer insights for formulators, R&D and regulatory professionals.

    Showcasing industry trends throughout Asia-Pacific, in-cosmetics Asia offers the most cost-effective business and networking opportunities for the personal care ingredients community in the region.

    in-cosmetics Asia

  • Expansions update – at Libra Speciality Chemicals

    Plenty of progress on the new betaine facility at Libra Speciality Chemicals, four new tanks arrived and more to follow!

    New Cocamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB) at our manufacturing facility at Manchester (UK). We are on schedule for full scale commercially approved production at the end of Q1 2018

    With a state of the art design including a distillation column and two main reactors of 30,000 litres and 60,000 litres, we will be able to produce up to 30k t/pa of surfactants used in personal care and cleaning applications.

    Providing best in class quality and service we will be able to produce surfactants in 200 litre drums, 1000 litre IBC’s and Full Bulk tankers and continuing to deliver across the world.

    This is a great step forward for the UK chemical manufacturing industry and Libra Speciality Chemicals is proud to be investing in this critical industry, cementing our future in the North West.

    If you have any questions or would like any samples for pre-approval please feel free to contact us at sales@librachem.co.uk

     

     


  • Visit Libra Speciality Chemicals at SEPAWA Congress 2017 – Stand A110

    Libra are exhibiting at the most significant meeting point of the detergents/cleansers, cosmetics and perfumery industry in Europe.

    Please come and Join Libra 18-20Th October 2017 in Berlin, alternatively email us to arrange an appointment for your specific requirements.

    SEPAWA

     


  • Libra Speciality Chemicals signs up Eurosyn as an official distributor for Italy

    Libra is pleased to announce the official appointment of Eurosyn (www.eurosyn.it) as an Italian distributor for all Libra Products .

    The agreement solidifies the ever-strengthening partnership between our two companies and was signed on the 7th of September between Enrico Campana (CEO of Eurosyn) and Richard Lock (Sales & Marketing Director of Libra).

    Libra is an Independent UK manufacturer of high quality surfactants to industries including Personal Care, Household Care, Industrial & Institutional, Textile, Oil & Gas and Metal Working.

    Eurosyn is a major distributor of surfactants and speciality chemicals for industry throughout Italy.

    The agreement with Eurosyn as an official distributor for Italy further reinforces the importance of this market for Libra.

    Libra continues to grow by providing excellent quality surfactants and customer service from a team that really cares about the needs of its customers.

    Libra is looking to further expand its global distributor network, so if you are interested to distribute for us, please contact us at: sales@librachem.co.uk

     

    Eurosyn Eurosyn

  • Exciting day at Libra Speciality Chemicals

    The first concrete trucks have started to pour the foundation slab and bunding for the new Cocamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB) at our manufacturing facility at Manchester (UK). We are on schedule for full scale commercially approved production at the end of Q1 2018.

    With a state of the art design including a distillation column and two main reactors of 30,000 litres and 60,000 litres, we will be able to produce up to 30k t/pa of surfactants used in personal care and cleaning applications.

    Providing best in class quality and service we will be able to produce surfactants in 200 litre drums, 1000 litre IBC’s and Full Bulk tankers and continuing to deliver across the world.

    This is a great step forward for the UK chemical manufacturing industry and Libra Speciality Chemicals is proud to be investing in this critical industry, cementing our future in the North West.

    If you have any questions or would like any samples for pre-approval please feel free to contact us at sales@librachem.co.uk


  • Exciting news….further investment at Libra

    Paving the way for further growth and success at Libra

    A new modular office extension is well underway at Libra Speciality Chemicals, creating an additional 120sq of modern space and complementing the new Betaine plant.


  • Major Fire at Shell Rotterdam Refinery Extinguished

    A major fire at Shell Rotterdam on the 29/07/2017 has been extinguished, however this is still having a knock on effect on the production of surfactants.

    Please contact the sales team Libra to help maintain your production lines.

    View full article


  • Libra Speciality Chemicals is excited to announce the recruitment of two new sales positions

    Libra Speciality Chemicals is excited to announce the recruitment of two new sales positions; Contract Manufacture Manager and International Sales Manager.

    We're hiring

    *Position now filled*


  • Libra Speciality Chemicals – Welcomes UK Regional Sales Manager – South

     

    Mark Allen – Regional Sales Manager

    An experienced sales professional with a background in surfactants for personal care, automotive and HI&I applications.

    I am looking forward to developing technical and commercial partnerships with our valued customers as well as exploring new markets and applications for Libra Speciality Chemicals’ fantastic range of products.

    Tel: +44 (0) 7535 320 014 | Email: mark.allen@librachem.co.uk


  • Visit Libra on Stand 320 at SCS Formulate 2017

    SCS Formulate

     

    SCS Formulate is the UK’s largest event of its kind, focusing on raw materials, ingredients and formulation services for personal care and cosmetic products.

    In the exhibition you will be able to find every conceivable ingredient, raw material and other vital tool of your trade.

    Over the 2 days you will find the new, the innovative, the proven, the everyday and the obscure – everything you need to create, make and market cosmetics for today and tomorrow.

    Register for SCS formulate >


  • Libra Speciality Chemicals – Welcomes UK Regional Sales Manager – Midlands

    Glen

    Glen McCaugherty – Regional Sales Manager

    Bringing a wealth of knowledge and over 20 years external sales experience within the Chemical Industry, across various sectors which include: Cosmetic, Personal care, pharmaceutical, metal plating, automotive, rubber, food ingredients, equestrian and carpet manufacturing, managing blue chip companies such as Boots, Avon, Kraft foods, McVities, TRW, Bostik, Malibu Sun Care, Pecksniff Fragrances and Mibelle.

    A strong background in Distribution and Manufacturing, supplying a vast array of products from Acids, food ingredients, Vitamins, Surfactants, fatty alcohols, fatty acids, Base oils Oil Blends, contract toll blending, working closely with R&D teams to develop specific and bespoke products.

    I am covering the Midlands region of England and will be happy to help with all your product needs.

    Tel: +44 (0) 7940 366 623 | Email: Glen.McCaugherty@librachem.co.uk


  • I Love Cosmetics Acquisition Named Deal Of The Month

    The takeover of a cosmetics business by a Sheffield-headquartered group headed up by one of Yorkshire’s most successful entrepreneurs has been named Deal of the Month.

    I Love Cosmetics (ILC), which is headquartered in Birchwood, Warrington, is set to “grow with flair and passion” after being snapped up by Graham Royle’s GRI Group in early May.

    The business has now become a subsidiary of GRI Brands Ltd.

    Read the full article

     


  • Visit Libra Speciality Chemicals at SEPAWA Congress October 2017

    SEPAWA

     

    The annual SEPAWA Congress is the groundbreaking event for the detergents/cleansers, cosmetics and perfumery industry in Europe. With over 130 lectures and presentations and 300 exhibitors, the SEPAWA Congress offers a wealth of information to more than 2,500 participants. The Congress is therefore the European communication platform for experts in the above-mentioned fields.


  • Visit Libra Speciality Chemicals at in-cosmetics Asia 2017

    Libra Speciality Chemicals will be attending in-cosmetics Asia, the leading exhibition and conference in Asia Pacific for personal care ingredients.

    The exhibition brings together up to 400 international exhibitors of ingredients, fragrances, lab equipment, testing and regulatory solutions with over 8,700 Asia Pacific cosmetic manufacturers.

    in-cosmetics Asia is the Asia Pacific launch place for innovation in ingredients and technologies, providing 100% free education and consumer insights for formulators, R&D and regulatory professionals.

    Showcasing industry trends throughout Asia-Pacific, in-cosmetics Asia offers the most cost-effective business and networking opportunities for the personal care ingredients community in the region.


    Visit Libra Speciality Chemicals on Stand J80


  • Kolb maintenance shutdown

    KLK

    Dear Customers,

    Please be informed that Netherlands will have a maintenance shutdown from 04.05.2017 to 15.06.2017, which will affect the production of ethylene oxide (EO).

    Kolb is fully prepared to handle this situation and will be able to produce and serve our customers as usual.

    Thanks to major investments, we expanded our tank farm for products and raw materials and we doubled our capacity of EO intake by rail-cars at our Moerdijk site.

    We will optimize our production by planning pre-production of forecasted volumes and by increasing our safety stocks.

    We encourage you to place your product orders as early as possible.
    With this information, we can take your demand into account and supply you with the reliability you know of Kolb.

    We remain personally at your disposal for any additional information.
    Thank you in advance for your kind cooperation.


  • Visit Libra Speciality Chemicals at Chemspec Europe 2017

    Chemspec Europe 2017

    Chemspec Europe 2017 is the international exhibition for fine and speciality chemicals.

    It is the key platform for manufacturers, suppliers and distributors of fine and speciality chemicals to showcase their products and services to a dedicated audience of professionals in the industry sector.

    The 32nd edition of this highly successful industry event will take place from 31 May – 1 June 2017 in Munich, South Germany’s central location for the chemical industry.

    Highly successful research partnerships between companies and research institutes are a growth engine for a prospering business environment in and around the Bavarian capital. Munich is well connected to numerous international destinations and is, therefore, an excellent venue to reach a global audience.

    The visitors attending Chemspec Europe are corporate managers, production / process managers, R&D managers, product designers, procurement managers, technical managers, chemists and consultants from a wide range of industries.

    Visitor registration for Chemspec Europe 2017 is now open! Register online to benefit from FREE entry to the show http://ow.ly/6Wv730amulr

    Visit Libra Speciality Chemicals on Stand E356


  • Meet Libra Speciality Chemicals Sales & Marketing Director

    Richard Lock

    Richard Lock

    UK Regional Sales Manager – North


    I have over 14 years’ experience combined between technical and commercial accountabilities from R&D, Product Development and Large Account management with P&L, within household, Industrial and Institutional markets.

    I believe customers should have access to great service and the very best products to ensure success.

    Sales is much more than just selling, it is about technical service before and customer service after, my team and I embody that message here at Libra Speciality Chemicals.

    Tel: +44 (0) 7773 774753 | Email: richard.lock@librachem.co.uk


  • Do You Want To Use Non-Ionic Surfactants In Your Formulations?

    Libra Speciality Chemicals has a variety of Non-ionic surfactants ranging from C8 Alcohol Ethoxylates to C16-18 Alcohol Ethoxylates

    Non-ionic surfactants


    The most widely used products are the Libranone 91 Range:

    Libranone 91 series of C 9-11 synthetic alcohol ethoxylates  range in ethoxylation levels from 2.5EO to 12EO and are the work horse Nonionic’s of detergent formulations. The product most widely used in this range is:

    Libranone 91/060 (C9-11 alcohol +6EO), it is a very versatile non-ionic and can be used as a go to surfactant, due to its excellent wetting and emulsification properties. This product is used extensively in both cosmetics and toiletries as a perfume solubiliser  and household and Industrial products as a general wetter / emulsifier which enhances removal of oily stains when cleaning.

     The Libranone 91- series are compatible in with both Anionic or Cationic based surfactant systems making it ideal for a wide range of formulations.

    Libra Speciality Chemicals can supply C9-11+6EO as 100% active or 96% active (for improved flowability in cold temperatures), below is the example specifications and properties of Libranone 91/060 (C9-11 +6 Ethoxylate), allowing a formulator to incorporate this product into products straight away.

    Libranone 91/060 – Specification and Typical properties

    Non-ionic Surfactants

    Competitive Pricing for C-9 11 6EO

    Give our sales team a call or drop us an email to get personalised advice and quotes.

    Deal Direct with a UK manufacturer of Anionic, Non-Ionic, Cationic & Amphoteric Surfactants.

    Tel: +44 (0) 161 775 1888 | Email: sales@librachem.co.uk


  • Visit Libra Speciality Chemicals at in-cosmetics global, London 4-6 April 2017

    Libra are exhibiting at the leading event for personal care ingredients – In-Cosmetics Global.

    The exhibition brings together personal care ingredients suppliers, exhibitors with finished product manufacturers (visitors) looking to network, learn about future trends and discover new products.

    In-cosmetics Global is the global launch place for innovations in ingredients and technologies, providing high-level scientific education and consumer insights for formulators, R&D and regulatory professionals.

    Please come and Join Libra on stand Stand FF50 on 4th April 2017 in London, alternatively email us to arrange an appointment for your specific requirements.

    in-cosmetics global 2017

  • The rising cost of natural materials

    Natural based products have seen a 4th consecutive month of significant increases and the forecast for the coming months is that there will be further increases in the market. This is due to price pressures and availability of feedstock.

    Raw material price for Anime Oxide

     

    From January 2016 to December 2016 we have seen over at 83% increase in the natural oil prices which are reflected in the raw materials we use for our amine oxides.

    Substantial Savings of over 30%

    Ask about our Coconut Diethanolamide alternative: Rapeseed Diethanolamide (Libranol RDG-LA)

    We value our customers and would like to work with you to try and help in these challenging times.
    Please contact us to see how we can work together in 2017 and beyond. Enquire online, Call us on: 0161 775 1888 or Email: sales@librachem.co.uk

    Richard Lock
    Sales & Marketing Director


  • Christmas Opening Hours 2017

    The office will close on the 22nd December 2017 and re open on 2nd January 2018 at 8.00am

     

    Merry Christmas

  • Libra supports Key 103 Mission Christmas – Cash for kids campaign

    Staff at Libra Speciality Chemicals have been supporting the Key 103 Mission Christmas Cash for Kids Campaign with a week of fantastic fundraising events, including a Dress Down Christmas Jumper Day, Cake and cookies sales, Curry Club and a Prosecco raffle.

    “On behalf of all the directors at Libra Speciality Chemicals we would like to thank all the staff for their fundraising efforts for a great local charity ‘Cash for kids’To show our support for your efforts we have rounded off your efforts up to a total of £1000. I am sure this will go towards make a very Happy Christmas to  some of the most deserving kids in Manchester. We wish you all Best wishes for Xmas and well done for your efforts this year for this deserving cause”. – Frank O’Neill, Commercial Director

    Totaliser: £1,000

    More about the campaign:

    1 in 3 children are living in severe poverty in Greater Manchester.

    This means there are children going to bed without a hot meal in a house without central heating, and over 150,000 children in our city might not have a present to open on Christmas Day.


  • Reduce your costs by using Rapeseed Diethanolamide (Libranol RDG-LA) as your next non-ionic surfactant

    Over the last 12 months we have seen dramatic volatility in the coconut oil market, this has been attributed to many different effects; El Nino, increased usage in biofuels and use of coconut oil in the personal care and food industry.

    Overall this has led to significant increases in prices of Coconut Diethanolamide (Libranol CDG). However, is there an answer that formulators haven’t considered?

    Comparison between Coconut Oil and Rapeseed Oil
    Figure 1: Price Variation (£/tonne) between Coconut Oil and Rapeseed Oil Sources http://www.indexmundi.com/

    Overall this has led to significant increases in prices of Coconut Diethanolamide (Libranol CDG). However, is there an answer that formulators haven’t considered?

    Rapeseed Diethanolamide (Libranol RDG-LA)

    There is a variation in carbon chain length distribution between Libranol RDG-LA and Libranol CDG that will require alterations to end formulations, however Libranol RDG-LA is a real alternative that could be considered and used in various Household, I&I and toiletry applications available to all formulators.

    Table 1: Typical carbon chain distributions for raw material coconut oil and rapeseed oil, from certificates of analysis’s delivered to Libra Speciality chemicals
    Table 1: Typical carbon chain distributions for raw material coconut oil and rapeseed oil, from certificates of analysis’s delivered to Libra Speciality chemicals

    Scientists at Libra Speciality Chemicals have successfully reformulated one of our laundry detergent concentrates (Libradet 55) to incorporate Libranol RDG-LA, which maintains performance and addresses the price challenges compared to coconut oil based products.

    The main differences a formulator may encounter are:

    Lower cloud point, due to increased chain lengths

    • Can be adjusted if required, by using hydrotropes, such as Librateric AA30, Librateric BA40, MPG (Mono-propylene glycol) or SXS (sodium xylene sulphonate).

    Increased viscosity of the end product

    • Can help improve stability and product performance. If required, viscosity can be lowered with the addition solvents or co-solvents such as Glycerol or MPG.

    Nominal difference in foam profile in comparison to Libranol CDG

    • Can be adjusted by altering the ratios of linear alkylbenzene sulphonate (LABSA – Libratex NSA 25) and Sodium lauryl ether sulphate (Libratex SLES)

    The overall results lead to achieving substantial savings and maintained performance in formulated products.

    In some cases, making savings of 33% when using Libranol RDG-LA compared to Libranol CDG.(Based on Libra Sales prices of Libranol-RDG-LA vs Libranol CDG in September 2016)

    Request a Technical Data Sheet and your personalised quote
    Enquire online, Call us on: 0161 775 1888 or Email: sales@librachem.co.uk

  • Join Libra Speciality Chemicals at SCS Formulate 15th – 16th November

    Join Libra Speciality Chemicals and the GRI group at Stand 321.

    SCS Formulate is the UK’s largest event of its kind, focusing on raw materials, ingredients and formulation services for personal care and cosmetic products.

    Join Libra and the GRI group at SCS formulate, Stand 321

     

    Libra Speciality Chemicals manufactures and distributes a wide range of speciality products to service the many industrial, personal care and household care requirements of our customers.

    Products include amphoteric, non-ionic, anionic and speciality surfactants, amine oxides, phosphate esters and an array of speciality chemicals in liquid, emulsion and powder form.

    We also provide a bespoke contract manufacturing capability used by a wide variety of customers.

    Libra Chemistries include: Neutralisation, Esterification, Amidation, Distillation, Phosphation, Carboxylation, Sulphation, Oxidation, Saponification, Imidazolines.

    Our manufacturing facility is located in Manchester, UK, and is well placed for international transportation links to our global customer base.


  • BACS ‘Get some backbone! – Hydrophobe choices!’ meeting

    A BIG thank you to John Hibbs and Dr David Karsa for making the conference yesterday possible, it was a great insight into the future of surfactants, what the current demands are within the industry and different peoples perspectives on the term ‘Bio’.

    It was a pleasure to meet our guest speaker Dr Pietro Alfarano from KOLB who had flown in from Switzerland to attend the surfactants Formulation Group Meeting. Pietro had kindly agreed to present a speech on KOLB’s Rapeseed Methyl Ester Derivative (Greenbentin – MLS/XES) and highlighted……

    The next formulation meeting ‘Non-surfactant ingredients in cleaning formulations’ will again be held at The Lymm Hotel on the 26th November ’15.

    From Left to Right: Dr David Karsa, Dr Pietro Alfarano, Miss Rebecca Plaistow and Mr John Hibbs.

    From Left to Right: Dr David Karsa, Dr Pietro Alfarano, Miss Rebecca Plaistow and Mr John Hibbs.


  • BACS meeting “Get some backbone! – Hydrophobe choices” 29th July 2015 – MacDonald Lymm Hotel

    We’re attending the BACS “Get some backbone! – Hydrophobe choices” meeting 29th July. Dr. Pietro Alfarano from KOLB KLK will be presenting, rapeseed methyl Ester derivative (Greenbentin-MLS-XES).

    Please contact sales@librachem.co.uk for more information.


  • Libra exhibiting at SEPAWA 2015

    We will be exhibiting at SEPAWA 2015 in Germany from the 14th-16th October.

    Last year more than 2,100 participants from over 40 countries attended the 61st SEPAWA Congress and it was a great success. SEPAWA’s success is continuing this year with almost all booth space being sold for the congress and once again it will be an important, international meeting point for its represented industry sectors such as detergents, cosmetics and perfumery. The exhibition will include a variety of lectures on scientific research and current innovations which will be presented at the “forum of innovation”.

    We are excited to be a part of this exhibition again this year and you can find us on the SEPAWA 2015 Floor Plan below at stand 163.

    We look forward to seeing you all there!

    Find Libra at Stand 163

    Find Libra at Stand 163


  • Visit us at CHEMSPEC in Cologne

    We will be exhibiting at Chemspec Europe in Cologne, Germany on the 24th-25th June 2015. Please come by our stand CS08 to discuss your contract manufacturing requirements!!


  • LIBRANOX TOD

    We have now launched LIBRANOX TOD. This is an Amine Oxide that will thicken acid, neutral & alkali products upon dilution. Ideal for vertical and/ or horizontal cling of cleaning products and disinfectants. Contact us for more information.


  • Incosmetics Exhibition

    INCOSMETICS Barcelona

    We are exhibiting at INCOSMETICS Barcelona, Stand 7L60. Please come and see us to discuss Libra products and our contract manufacturing services.


  • H3i Exhibition

    Thanks to everyone for visiting our stand at H3i. We had a great event and look forward to seeing you all again soon. (more…)


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