Growth for Richard Baker Harrison continues with acquisition of Polymer Specialist, Dunwood Polymers
North West based Richard Baker Harrison Ltd (RBH), a market leader in the supply of speciality functional materials, additives and chemicals to the polymer and related industry, has announced the acquisition of privately owned Dunwood Polymers creating a new independent company, Dunwood Specialities Limited (DSL).
As a direct complement to RBH’s specialty product offerings, DSL will specialise in the distribution of water-based polymer dispersions and high-quality performance materials to the adhesive/sealant; construction; coatings and agricultural sectors. The new company will help create stronger links to these industries and align with RBH’s vision to overcome challenges in the production of complex formulations.
RBH has a long history of growth and investment in people, products and principals within the chemical distribution sector. The decision to include Dunwood to the family of RBH companies, represents an important strategic investment for RBH as they continue to broaden their portfolio of products and resources to support customers and principals further.
Peter Stanton and Stacey Turner, key members of the Dunwood management team, will remain with the business, underlining the commitment of both organisations to create added value for customers and stakeholders.
Said Peter Stanton, Owner of Dunwood Polymers “We are very excited by RBH’s acquisition and the opportunity it creates to deliver on our customers’ requirements. I am delighted to be part of a team whose entrepreneurial spirit means we will work together to offer a wider portfolio of materials and more efficient supply chains to help us focus on service and broaden our innovation horizons.”
Martin Cicognani, Managing Director of RBH said, “This investment provides us with a wider scope for future-focused development and a strong customer base for our products and services that will help to inspire change across our specialist markets. We are excited to launch Dunwood Specialities as part of the RBH Group and look forward to its immediate contributions to our success together.”
RBH is a well-respected market leader, supplying speciality functional materials, additives and chemicals to the polymer and related industry sectors. The business dates back to 1858 and through a series of mergers and acquisitions is now part of the O’Brien Group of Companies (OBG). Today the Group employs over 300 personnel and generates revenues in excess of £80M.
Based in Manchester, RBH operates 5 strategically located warehouses across Europe and represents a number of international market leading Principals. As a highly technical, value-add distributor, RBH partners with globally positioned producers of speciality and technical products and has a product portfolio centred around essential functional additives and speciality modifiers for property and productivity enhancement.
The business is poised for further growth as it delivers on its organic and inorganic growth strategy within its current and future markets. In addition to which, its value proposition is supplemented by a highly motivated and competent sales and marketing team primed to service and surpass the Customers’ expectations.