2M’s Future Leaders Programme formulates for success!

2M’s Future Leaders have been spending time at Surfachem’s Innovation Lab in the 3M Innovation Centre, Huddersfield University, as part of the 2M Future Leaders programme.

The Future Leaders programme was developed by Liran Maller in 2017. It provides selected 2M Employees from across the 2M Group with unique training opportunities and leadership development.

“Formulations and technical know-how are at the heart of everything we do and customers come to us for the value-add we provide them. It is key for our Future Leaders to experience first hand the wonderful innovations that occur at the Surfachem laboratories” said Mottie Kessler MBE, 2M’s Chairman and CEO.

Mottie also spent time with the Future Leaders, where the cohort met their 2M mentors.

2M Future Leaders blend personal care and homecare formulations

2M Future Leaders blend personal care and homecare formulations

2M Future Leaders blend personal care and homecare formulations

Dr Richard Smith shortlisted for 2019 Regional Director of the Year Awards by the Insitute of Directors (IoD)

Dr Richard Smith, 2M Board Member, Group COO and Managing Director of the Surfachem Group, has been named by the Insitute of Directors (IoD) as one of the business leaders shortlisted for its 2019 Regional Director of the Year Awards.

Richard, who has been Managing Director of Surfachem since 2012, has been nominated for the Large Business Award.

Richard has led Surfachem’s considerable growth and is active in many organisations across Yorkshire, which support and strengthen the region. He has led initiatives including flexible working and Leadership Development.

The finalists were drawn from across Yorkshire and the North East and represent the full spectrum of business and industry, from young entrepreneurs to experienced public and private sector leaders.

The winners will be announced at the IoD’s regional awards dinner in July and will go on to represent their region at UK Director of the Year finals.

2M Holdings win 2019 Queen’s Award for International Trade

2M Holdings have won the prestigious Queen’s Award for :
Enterprise in the International Trade – in recognition of significant export growth.

Recently crowned Export Champions 2019 by UK Government’s DIT (Department for International Trade) the Group has reached many new markets worldwide.

Mottie Kessler MBE, Chairman and CEO said:

“The Chemical Industry is essential in connecting the building blocks of everyday life. Britain is an island with a rich history of trading across the world. We hope to continue our international business, more and further, to deliver the essential building blocks of everyday life for hundreds of business worldwide.”

Dr. Maggie Kessler, Export Director and 2M co-owner said:

“2M Holdings winning the Queen’s Award for International Trade sends a very strong and positive message to the UK Chemical Industry in the North of England and we are very proud of our dedicated team and our partnership with DIT.”

2M would like to thank its excellent teams across the group, as well as its customers and suppliers for successful partnership.

HRH the Duke of Gloucester looking at the Export map of 2M Group, DIT’s Export Champions for the North of the UK. (Left to right: Mr Richie Laws, Technical Development Chemist, Dr Maggie Kessler, International Trade Director and 2M Group co-owner, David Briggs, MBE, K.St.J , The Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, Mottie Kessler MBE, 2M Group founder, Mr Andrew Payne, Production Logistic and Mr Francis Tsika-Kabala Export Supply Chain Manager)

About 2M

2M Holdings (www.2m-holdings.com), is a portfolio of strong brand science-based companies, supplying chemicals and application knowhow worldwide.

Entrepreneur founded in 2004, the Group is privately owned. 2M is led by Mottie Kessler MBE, the present Chairman and CEO and Dr Maggie Kessler, International Trade Director.

Headquartered in the UK, the company has international presence in Benelux, Brazil, China, Germany, Ireland, Poland and Scandinavia. 2M export to over 90 countries.

As a company, 2M believe in the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education for young people. 2M actively invest in skills creation within our local communities and in creating access to careers in STEM in the UK and beyond.

2M supply the following industries:

2M Holdings’ branded products include:

Surfac®, CleanAirBlue™ (AdBlue), MEC™-Prime, Perklone™ EXT, Pigmentan™, SamSolTM,

Triklone™ LE

Royal Visit! HRH the Duke of Gloucester visits to 2M House for the formal opening of Export Champion Headquarters and STEM Education Centre

2M house opening :The opening was attended by Chemical Industry leaders, STEM graduates and UK Government team (DIT.)

His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester visited UK Export Champions, the 2M Group, on 1st April, to officially open 2M House, a new dedicated Headquarters for the 2M Group and for the 2M STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) programme, both of which have grown exponentially in the last few years. The opening was attended by Chemical Industry leaders, STEM graduates and UK Government team (DIT.)

The visit was instrumental in celebrating the successful growth of an export-based business supported by DIT (former UKTI) and supporting STEM.

2M was recently chosen by DIT as an Export Champion, recognising the tremendous growth of the company’s exporting achievements. The Group exports to over 90 countries and is the sole owner of world-leading brands of: PerkloneTM EXT (Oil & Gas product), TrikloneTM (aerospace product) & SurfacR (Personal care range of surfactants)

2M’s Chairman and CEO, Mottie Kessler MBE said: “His Royal Highness, the Duke of Gloucester’s visit send a very positive message to the Chemical Industry in the North of England. We may be an island but we are a trading nation at heart and will always be so.”

2M Export Director Dr. Maggie Kessler said: “I am delighted His Royal Highness has chosen to show his support for 2M – we are very proud of our export achievements and of our relationship with DIT”

By officially opening the 2M House in Runcorn, UK, His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester:

  1. Showed support for 2M’s efforts to provide STEM jobs and employment skills to young people in the North of England.
  2. Helped to encourage young people to choose STEM as future career
  3. Celebrated 2M’s success in growing a chemistry-based export business out of the North of England

The 2M STEM programme has been running since 2016 and has seen circa 550 young people per year supported in accessing a career in STEM.

In designing 2M House, 2M decided to invest in a 2M STEM centre: A designated space within 2M House which includes a chemistry demonstration area, space for presenting to over 40 children and their teachers at a time.

Note for educators: Teachers, schools or community organisations wishing to bring their students for Science demonstrations at the 2M house or looking for Science graduates to come into their schools should contact Group HR Director Liran Maller: lmaller@2m-holdings.com

Prince Richard HRH the Duke of Gloucester– official 2M House and 2M STEM Centre with Mottie Kessler MBE, Chairman and CEO

HRH unveiling the plaque for 2M House and 2M STEM Centre with Mottie Kessler MBE,
Chairman and CEO

HRH Signing the first page of the 2M Visitor’s book, on Greif Perklone EXT DRUM, at the
official opening of 2M House and 2M STEM Centre

HRH the Duke of Gloucester looking at the Export map of 2M Group, DIT’s Export Champions for the North of the UK.

(Left to Right: Mr Richie Laws, Technical Development Chemist, Dr Maggie Kessler, International Trade Director and 2M Group co-owner, David Briggs, M.B.E., K.St.J , The Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, Mottie Kessler MBE, 2M Group founder and Mr Andrew Payne, Production logistic )

2M STEM Demonstration – making hair gel. (Left to Right: Liran Maller, Group Director of
HR and 2M STEM Founder; HRH the Duke of Gloucester; The Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs, M.B.E., K.St.J; Dana Smith, Technical Development Chemist and former Year in Industry Student)

2M Holdings named Export Champions 2019

2M Holdings are delighted to be named one of the 2019 Export Champions for the UK by the Department of Trade and Industry (DIT). The title recognises 2M’s export achievements and names the company an Export Ambassador for the UK. Secretary of State Dr Liam Fox MP, launched the Export Champion Community in Durham, UK, on 28th February 2019, following the UK Government’s Board of Trade meeting. He was joined by Baroness Fairhead, Minister for Trade and Export. 2M Holdings export to over 90 countries worldwide, with an ever-growing international footprint.


Liverpool Team – 2019 Export Champions

Brexit Update – February 2019

With approximately 5 weeks to go until March 29th and the United Kingdom’s intended withdrawal from the European Union, there is still seemingly little certainty as to what terms this exit will be under. As a result, 2M Holdings has implemented a number of contingency measures to mitigate against any interruptions to supply.

Visit our brexit section for a full update.

2M Helps the Chemical Industry prepare for Brexit

2M’s Gal Maller, Group Head of Strategy & Corporate Development (including M&A) and Commercial Director of Banner Chemicals, has been helping companies in the Chemical Industry future-proof their businesses.

Whatever type of Brexit occurs, the company says it will be well equipped to maintain its supply portfolio; based on growing experience of global import and exports, its financial resource and warehousing capacity.

As part of its Brexit contingency planning, 2M established a Tailored Action Plan (TAP), headed by Gal as its Brexit champion at Board level and includes Brexit Suppliers Champion, Brexit Customers Champion and Brexit Employees Champion.

“It starts and ends with your own people ensuring that we support our suppliers, customers and ourselves in successfully navigating Brexit” said Gal.

Speaking at Chemicals Northwest’s Brexit Discussion Groupon 21st November 2018, Gal advised companies to “Plan, Act Selectively and not wait”, focusing on forward planning and establishing turnkey solutions to for a soft and hard Brexit scenarios.

2M have also recently launched Brexit ARCs (Advisory Roundtable of Customers) to support its customers as part of its ever-evolving Value-Add approach. 2M also launched http://www.2m-holdings.com/brexit/, in an effort to support and inform chemical companies in the Industry and to encourage cross Industry collaboration.

2M and young people solve the plastic problem through Chemistry!

The 2M STEM programme reaches circa 550 school children and young people in the North of the UK every year. The programme aims to increase their access to a career in the Chemical Industry and to inspire them to a career in STEM.

In July, Jim Bell, Dispersions Development Manager and Specialty Chemicals Account Manager at Banner Chemicals, a 2M subsidiary, once again became a Chemistry teacher for the day, as part of the ‘Chemistry at Work’ initiative at the Catalyst Museum.

Jim worked with 90 students and their teachers, explaining the invention of plastics mainly Polyethylene (PET ) & Polypropylene (PP) and made some small pieces of each plastic in the lab. They discussed the uses of each and their properties for mobile phones, cups, bags, toys, clothes and others.

The students were made aware that the environmental issue of plastics is not a function of the chemical industry but merely a littering problem, where plastics are thrown away and not recycled. They discussed statistics on the number of years for various plastics to biodegrade, and the quantity of recycling we do in the UK.

Jim and the students explored alternatives to traditional plastics and, including making a bioplastic from a potato!

After a hands on lab experiment to extract starch (amylose and amylopectin ) from a potato, each student was presented with a 100% plant made water bottle courtesy of Banner Chemicals.

Mottie Kessler MBE, CEO and Chairman of 2M Holdings said: ‘We are delighted to support Chemistry at Work Week. Inspiring the next generation of Scientists is key to the health of our industry and something I passionately believe in.’

For schools looking for STEM education support or for more education, please contact Liran Maller, HR Director on lmaller@2m-holdings.com

2M responds to Fire Crews’ request for help

When Manchester’s fire crews battled fierce fires across the region, including Stalybridge, for over three weeks, 2M Holdings responded to their appeal.

The fire had spread rapidly in the continuing UK heatwave. When the fire service placed an urgent appeal to the public for insect repellent and hats to protect the crews, 2M Holdings quickly got in touch with customers and suppliers to see who could help.

We are grateful to our customer Biteback Products, who kindly supplied Surfachem, a 2M Holdings company, with over 100 bottles of ‘Flies Undone™’ DEET Free insect repellent to protect the Fire crews. Surfachem have worked with Biteback products to provide a portfolio of ingredients to aid this growing business.

To keep the crews cool, 2M Holdings also quickly sourced and delivered 100 hats for the crews.

Mottie Kessler MBE, Chairman and CEO of 2M Holdings said: “We are proud to partner with Biteback to support the Manchester Fire crews. Our deepest gratitude goes to the crews for their tireless efforts. We wish them a safe and speedy conquering of the fire.”


James from 2M delivers the hats to Stalybridge Fire Crews


2M hope the hat helps keep firefighters cool

Fully confidential outsourcing of your whole supply chain: One stop shop launched by 2M Services

In response to customer demand, 2M Holdings has launched a One Stop Shop of services for new and existing customers. The change provides customers with flexible solutions to their outsourcing needs.

Customers can even outsource their entire supply chain to 2M Services and obtain more business with greater ease.

The change means that in addition to the third-party sample management already on offer, 2M Services can now offer supplementary services including:
•        Toll blending
•        Contract packing
•        Bulk liquid storage

Other ancillary services to compliment the storage, blending and drumming facilities include:
•        Warm rooms to prepare materials for processing
•        An onsite laboratory for retained samples and QC testing
•        Outside and undercover warehousing offers secure storage for raw material and finished goods with automated stock level and movement reports.
•        Onward UK and International distribution with necessary documentation can also be arranged.

2M Services understand that confidentiality of our clients is critical and enter into confidentiality agreements when negotiations with a prospective client begin.