Libra Speciality Chemicals: News

  • 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…)