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.

2M Holdings Ltd, group of companies, expands its presence in Germany, acquiring Franken-Kosmetik-Chemiehandel GmbH & Co. KG (Nuremberg, Germany)

 

 

 

 

2M Holdings Ltd (“2M”) is delighted to announce that, following its recent acquisition of Dusseldorf based company CE-O2 GmBH, it has now acquired Franken-Kosmetik-Chemiehandel GmbH & Co. KG (“FrankenChemie”), a privately held, distributor of specialty chemicals, based in Nuremberg, Germany.

Mottie Kessler MBE, Chairman & CEO of 2M said: “2M is seeking opportunities to expand its footprint into mainland Europe. The acquisition of FrankenChemie represents such an event. FrankenChemie’s dedicated and experienced team, the ability to support customers with an application laboratory and just in time deliveries in the right pack size are FrankenChemie’s strengths. 2M will now build on these strengths and invest to provide customers and suppliers an even better offering. We are therefore very excited about this acquisition.”

The market sector focus and product range of FrankenChemie is highly aligned with that of Surfachem ltd, one of 2M’s largest companies which is already present in the UK, Scandinavia, Poland and Brazil. Indeed, the major supplier to FrankenChemie – Evonik Industries AG (“Evonik”) – is also one of Surfachem UK key suppliers. Surfachem’s ability to provide technical support and formulation advice to producers of personal care and hygiene products is one of its strengths.

Joerg Prante, Key Account Manager & Manager Sales Central Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Evonik said: “Having a long history with 2M and Surfachem, we are delighted to see the 2M and FrankenChemie come together.”

With its prime location in Nuremberg and its excellent reputation, FrankenChemie is a perfect fit to support 2M’s continued growth in Europe. The company distributes specialty chemicals, primarily into the Personal Care, Home Care and Food Ingredients sectors, in Germany and other EU counties.

About FrankenChemie

FrankenChemie a privately-owned family company, was established in 1983. The company distributes specialty chemicals, primarily into the Personal Care, Home Care and Food Ingredients sectors, in Germany, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia and Benelux.

Evonik products distributed by FrankenChemie and Surfachem include:
ABIL®, ANTIL®, AXOL®, Ceramide, COSMOFERM®, HyaCare®, ISOLAN®, LACTIL®, Phytosphingosine, PROTEGIN®, REWOCID®, REWODERM®, REWOMID®, REWOPAL®, REWOPOL®, REWOTERIC®, SK-INFLUX®, SKINMIMICS®, SPHINGOKINE®, SPHINGONY®, TAGAT®, TEGIN®, TEGO®, TEGOLON®, TEGOSOFT® and VARISOFT®.

The company operates from premises in the Nuremberg region of Germany.

About 2M Holdings group of companies:

2M Holdings Ltd (www.2mholdings.com) is a portfolio of strong brand chemical distribution and related chemical services companies of samples management, storage and blending. The group is privately owned and was founded in 2004 by Mottie Kessler MBE, the present Chairman and CEO.

Headquartered in the UK with local presence in Germany, China, Benelux, Ireland, Poland, Scandinavia, Brazil, 2M exports to over 90 countries.

2M Holdings Limited includes: Banner Chemicals, Surfachem, MP Storage & Blending, Packed Chlorine, SampleRite UK, SampleRite China, CE-O2 and Stowlin Croftshaw.

2M businesses specialise in solvents, specialty chemicals and surfactants to automotive, precision cleaning, coating, emission reduction, oilfield & refineries, flavours & fragrances, personal care, household & industrial hygiene cleaning and pharmaceuticals industries.

2M also produces: CleanAirBlue™, Pigmentan, MEC-Prime, Perklone™ EXT, Perklone™ D, Perklone™ MD and Triklone™ LE, SamSol, and Packed Chlorine.

Contact information

Please direct all inquiries to 2M Holdings via phone: +44 1928 597 000 or via email to: info@2m-holdings.com

Dana: “My Year in Industry… and beyond” … at Surfachem, a 2M Holdings Company

As part of the 2M-STEM programme, we are proud to provide Year in Industry opportunities for young people wanting to access a career in the Chemical Industry.

Following an Industrial placement with us, Dana secured a Year in Industry placement at 2M, which later led to a permanent role in our lab. She tells her story, below:

“My experience in second year with interviews for industrial placement wasn’t good. I’d gone to about five interviews, applied to 25+ jobs, and had either not heard back from some jobs, or had been rejected completely from others. By the time the stressful exam season came round, I had almost fully given up on finding a placement.

That was until my friend sent me an advert from the university, about a six week summer placement at Surfachem, a 2M Holdings Company.

After applying, interviewing and meeting some people, I was delighted to be offered a six week summer job in the head office, sponsored by Santander, to deal with regulatory information for the company. Even though I would have preferred working in a laboratory over summer, I knew that working behind the scenes of a chemical company would still give me an edge when it came to finding a job once I’d graduated.

My first week working for the company went by quickly; I’d been assigned to the technical team and was given my first project, which included updating COSSH and product information sheets. As part of my enrolment, I’d spent time with the other teams within the company – from sales to purchasing and account managers. Everyone in the company was genuinely nice, and would always be willing to help if I came to them with a problem.

As the weeks went by I felt like an essential part of the team, so when I heard from Technincal Director Fakhara Jones that they were exploring a Year in Industry placement for me, I was over the moon.

My placement year was one of the most enjoyable years I’d had at university. I’ll admit that at first it was daunting. The amount of products that were kept and used in the lab, as well as figuring out what did what in a formulation astounded me, but as the weeks passed I found that I could commit a lot of the information to memory.

Preparing for SCS Formulate was one of the biggest tests of my placement year. We needed to make up about 20 different products, all to be displayed at the exhibition, within a couple of weeks. Since we were making such a large amount of products, working precisely and efficiently was essential.

As my Year in Industry came to an end, we started having discussions about me coming back and working part time through my last year at University. It was an amazing opportunity. Not only did it allow me to keep up to date with projects and formulation work, but it also meant that coming back full time after Graduation would be a smoother process, both for myself and the company.

Two weeks after finishing my last exams, I started working full time for Surfachem, and I honestly couldn’t be happier. The experiences and relationships that I’ve gained throughout these two years invaluable and I hope that my journey into Formulation continues to be just as wonderful.”

Dana, Technical Development Chemist, Surfachem

Dana at the Surfachem technical laboratory within the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre at The University of Huddersfield, Yorkshire, UK

Dana graduating with a Chemistry Degree from the University of Huddersfield, Yorkshire, UK

*This article was first published by Chemicals Northwest in the December 2017 edition of Elements Magazine
For further details, please contact Liran Maller, HR Director at 2M Holdings: lmaller@2m-holdings.com

Top, Safety, Health and the Environment (SHE) Award for Banner Chemicals’ and 2M Holdings’ Compliance Director


David Dalton (right) receives the Gerald Soane Award from former SIA Chairman Geoff Stamper
Photo courtesy of Andrew Norman

Britain’s Solvent Industry Association (SIA) has awarded David Dalton, Group Compliance Director of Banner Chemicals and its parent company, 2M Holdings, their prestigious annual Gerald Soane Award for Safety, Health, and the Environment at their Annual General Meeting in October 2017.

The award was given in recognition of David’s outstanding work on a number of Guidance Notes in the 2016-17 period and for his ever-present and ongoing commitment to the Association.

David said:
“The SIA Technical Committee’s aim is to improve knowledge throughout the solvent supply chain and advocate the adoption of best practice when handling solvents.

The focus of the SIA’s Guidance Notes is to provide straightforward practical advice to end users where technical resources may be limited.

I am extremely pleased to be the recipient of Gerald Soane award for my work with the Technical Committee, which is a collaborative process drawing on a wide range of expertise and knowledge from member companies.”
David has been an active member of the SIA’s Technical Committee for many years and has worked tirelessly for improved Health and Safety across the Industry.

This award follows previous recognition from Chemicals Northwest for SHE in ensuring safer packaging practices along the supply chain, in accordance with ADR regulations, which David wrote for the SIA in 2015.

Banner Chemicals is part of the 2M Group and is a full and active member of the Solvents Industry Association.

2M STEM programme shows 100 students how Chemistry is used in Crime scene investigations

Encouraging young people to access a career in Chemistry is a key part of the 2M-STEM programme, set up in 2015 by 2M Holdings.

At the end of July, Jim Bell, Dispersions Development Manager and Specialty Chemicals Account Manager at Banner Chemicals, a 2M subsidiary, changed from Chemist to teacher for the day, as part of the ‘Chemistry at Work’ initiative at the Catalyst Museum.

Jim introducing pupils to the phenomenon of Chemiluminescence.

Demonstrating real life, exciting applications of chemistry to nearly 100 students in classes of 15, Jim showed year 8 and year 9 (12-14 year olds) the kind of impact chemistry can have.

“Every year I present to the young budding scientists, I see a renewed and continued interest in the chemical industry” said Jim.

Jim introduced the students to the phenomenon of Chemiluminescence (the emission of light as a result of a chemical reaction).

He started with the basic chemistry involved with a military grade safety light stick, and provided all students with “party style” glow sticks to activate.

This was further demonstrated by reacting the individual chemicals in situ so that the students could see the reaction develop before their very eyes.

After an interesting discussion they moved on to a more important application where the same chemistry is used in Crime Scene Investigation to detect latent blood stains where the iron in human blood acts as the catalyst at levels as low as one: one million, and showed that blood could also be detected after attempts were made to clean the crime scene. This technology could all be related to the ‘CSI television programme’ which the students were familiar with.

Mottie Kessler, Chairman and CEO of 2M Holdings said:
“I am proud the 2M-STEM programme continues to support local schools, in conjunction with the Catalyst Museum. The UK Chemical Industry is world leading, but its success depends on our development and support of the next generation of scientists.”

The Catalyst museum have been organizing these business outreach days for many years now, “to ensure the UK science sector in the UK continues to evolve and the next generation of scientists have the skills that both they and business require to be successful in the future.”

2M Holdings is proud to be involved for the third year running.

Jim with pupils at ‘Chemistry at Work’ event.

The “2M STEM” programme wins top CSR award from Chemical Business Association for its work with 550 young people

The CSR programme of 2M Holdings, “2M STEM” saw a leap in the number of young people helped last year, with staff across the Group helping over 550 young people across the UK to access a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM.)

2M Holding’s staff volunteered in schools, universities, careers fairs and a science museum to inspire and advise young people on a career in STEM.

2M Holdings created and supported graduate jobs, apprenticeships, internships and work experience opportunities across its sites, from its R&D Laboratories, to its sales centres of excellence.

2016 was a record year for the number of STEM graduates recruited into 2M Holdings, including Chemistry and Chemical Engineering graduates.

Liran Maller, Group Director of HR for 2M Holdings said:

“I am delighted with this recognition of our continued efforts to help young people access a career in STEM. As a company working across many communities in the UK, helping young people while closing the skills gap is a vital part of who we are.

The 2M STEM programme will go from strength to strength and we will continue to break down barriers for young people wanting to access a career in the Industry.”

The Chemical Business Association commended 2M’s ‘outstanding contribution’ to the community.