Libra Speciality Chemicals: News

  • Libra Speciality Chemicals signs up Eurosyn as an official distributor for Italy

    Libra is pleased to announce the official appointment of Eurosyn ( 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:


    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

  • 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.

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  • 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


    If you feel you have the skills required and are looking to Join a growing UK Chemical Manufacturer, please send your C.V to:

  • 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:

  • 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 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:

  • 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



    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


    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

    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:

  • 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:

  • Meet Libra Speciality Chemicals UK Regional Sales Manager – North


    Phil Tideswell

    UK Regional Sales Manager – North

    I am an experienced sales professional backed by over 20 years of technical experience.

    My technical background encompasses surfactant manufacture, distribution and FMCG; covering R&D process and product development and technical service.

    My sales experience has been gained via distributors covering household I&I, personal care, coating and lubricants.

    I am covering the North of England and will be happy to help with all your product needs.

    Tel: +44 (0) 7415 093 911 | Email:

  • 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:

    Richard Lock
    Sales & Marketing Director

  • Libra Speciality Chemicals Christmas Opening Hours

    The office is closed from 4pm on Friday 23rd until 8am on Tuesday 3rd January 2017

    Last Shipping Dates:

    Last Loading Date 21st December 2016

    Groupage Loads: 16th December 2016
    Full Loads: 19th December 2016

    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

    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:

  • 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 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!!


    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…)