2M Stands in Solidarity with victims of Manchester bombings to support Red Cross ‘We Love Manchester’ Emergency Fund

In solidarity with the victims and survivors of the Manchester bombings, 2M Holdings is raising funds for the ‘We Love Manchester Emergency Fund’.

Donations will help the victims and survivors with emotional support, funeral costs and funds which will be needed over the coming weeks and months as they struggle to overcome the effects of the bombings.

As Manchester’s neighbours, we stand in solidarity with all those affected. Our hearts and thoughts are with them and their families at this difficult time.

Donations can be made via https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/2M-Holdings and go directly to the Red Cross ‘We Love Manchester Emergency Fund’..

Mottie Kessler MBE takes up post as Chair of Chemical Business Association, UK

Mottie Kessler is now Chair of the Chemical Business Association (CBA), a post he will hold until April 2019.

The Association will be critical in liaising with the UK Government on Brexit and the implications of everything from regulation to trade agreements.

“The Chemical Industry is one of the largest employers in the UK and underpins crucial industries from Aviation to Pharma” says Mottie, Chairman and CEO of 2M Holdings Ltd. “This will be a telling time for the Industry.”

Looking ahead at the next two years, Mottie says his objectives are to represent the UK supply chain while promoting best practice through Responsible Care, an area 2M Holdings has received a number of awards for.

“Clearly it is vital, especially in the current climate” says Mottie, “To focus on supporting members’ growth through guidance, legislative and technical support and this will be key for me.”

Mottie will also continue to clear a path for young people interested in taking up a career in the science-based industries, which are key to the strength of the UK economy. The “2M STEM” programme is now entering its third year, having helped a record 550 young people access a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in 2016.

It will certainly be an interesting two years! We wish Mottie the best of luck.

Elevance Partners with 2M Holdings to Distribute Elevance Clean® Product Lines

Elevance Partners with 2M Holdings to Distribute Elevance Clean® Product Lines

Woodridge, Illinois, USA (April 27, 2017) – Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc., which creates novel, high-performing specialty chemicals from renewable feedstocks, today announced its partnership with 2M Holdings as a new distributor for the Elevance Clean® product line to the household, industrial & institutional market in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

“We are pleased to partner with 2M Holdings, which brings in-depth product and market knowledge in the household, industrial & institutional industry where the Elevance Clean® product line provides superior performance attributes,” said Commercial Director Gregory E. Gerhardt. “At Elevance, we remain committed to developing renewable and high-performance cleaning solutions – like our Elevance Clean® product line for cleaners.”

 

2M Holdings will provide enhanced service and support capabilities for existing and potential customers in the UK and Ireland with an interest in the Elevance Clean® product line, including:

  • Elevance Clean® 1200XA and Elevance Clean® 1200HT, superior performing, fast acting and VOC-exempt solvents for industrial degreasing formulations that outperform conventional and bio-based predecessors; and
  • Elevance Clean® 1000, a high-performing, bio-based cleaning ingredient that helps reduce d-limonene dependence and provides price and supply stability while improving performance in applications such as asphalt and tar removal, and metal degreasing.

“The agreement with Elevance expands 2M’s portfolio of environmentally friendly and sustainable products. We have expertise in precision cleaning and solvents and our application laboratories and technical teams support customers in providing bespoke solutions,” said 2M Holdings Chairman & CEO Mottie Kessler.

Customers in the UK and Ireland should direct all inquiries to 2M Holdings via phone: +44 19028 597 000 or via email to: info@bannerchemicals.com.

To learn more about or request a sample of the Elevance Clean® 1200 product line or Elevance Clean® 1000, visit www.elevance.com/clean1200 or www.elevance.com/clean1000.

About Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc.
Headquartered in Woodridge, Ill., Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc. creates novel, high-performing specialty chemicals from renewable feedstocks using a proprietary Nobel Prize-winning olefin metathesis technology. These chemical building blocks are leveraged in a wide range of applications, including detergents, coatings, personal care, oil field, agricultural chemicals and engineered polymers. Elevance uses a collaborative business model, exploring opportunities to engage with industry leaders, accelerating time to market and leveraging market expertise while enabling its partners to achieve growth through sustainable and higher performing solutions. To learn more, visit www.elevance.com.

2M Holdings Ltd expands and builds presence in Germany, acquiring dry ice producer CE-O2 Trockeneis GmbH

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Press Release:  2M Holdings Ltd expands and builds presence in Germany, acquiring dry ice producer CE-O2 Trockeneis GmbH
(Düsseldorf, Germany)

CE-O2 Distribution Truck

2M Holdings Ltd (“2M”) is delighted to announce it has acquired CE-O2 Trockeneis GmbH (CE-02), a privately held, long standing producer and supplier of dry ice to customers in the Food, Catering and Life Science industries.

“When we acquire a business our objective is to buy a good business and help it to grow and become excellent. An added benefit is when we can use it as a stepping stone to add product lines which support our suppliers and new customers” said Mottie Kessler, 2M Chairman & CEO.

With its prime location in Düsseldorf airport and its excellent reputation, CE-O2 is a perfect fit to support 2M’s growth strategy.

“Having established CE-O2 in 1999 and growing the business, we decided it would be best to find it a new owner who would support its further growth, while maintaining workforce and reputation. We feel that 2M is the ideal new home for the business we established and for its employees” added Mr Wagener, key shareholder and Managing Director of CE-O2.

Dry-ice is used in a variety of industries and applications, including:
•    Biological Research → keeps samples fresh
•    Medical Procedures → enables the transportation of organs for transplant
•    Food Processing → freeze drying, cold grinding and keeping food fresh for many hours
•    Cleaning → dry ice blasting
•    Rubber Processing
•    Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Mr Reiner Niethammer, who has many years’ experience in the industrial gases industry, will become Managing Director and the selling shareholders will continue to support CE-O2’s growth under 2M’s new ownership.

About CE-O2 Trockeneis GmbH

Established in Düsseldorf, Germany in 1999 by its three owners, CE-O2 produces and distributes dry ice slices, nuggets and pellets, matching its customers’ requirements. It owns and operates dry ice production units as well as a dedicated fleet of special insulated boxes and transportation, to deliver to its customers in the Food, Catering and Life Science industries. Being located next to Düsseldorf International Airport enables CE-02 to provide quick response and highest service level to support customers’ requirements.

About 2M Holdings Limited

2M Holdings Ltd (www.2m-holdings.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 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, 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: mkessler@2m-holdings.com

HRH Prince Charles gives Mottie Kessler MBE at Buckingham Palace Ceremony for Services to Industry and Exporting in the North West of England

Mottie Kessler recently met HRH Prince Charles, at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, to receive his MBE for Services to Industry and Exporting in the North West of England.

The award is given for Mottie’s services to the Chemical Industry in the UK, including significant job creation and export promotion in the North of England and exporting to over 90 countries. Mottie has also been recognised for his support in helping young people access a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.)

 

Mottie, who founded the 2M Group 12 years ago said:

I am proud and humbled to receive this award. I feel it represents recognition of the importance of Chemical businesses in the UK and the Chemical Industry as a whole.

Our success is based on our partnership with our loyal suppliers, customers and dedicated teams. Our export growth has been strongly supported by DIT, formerly UKTI.

12 years ago we took a leap of faith, investing heavily in the North of England, providing building blocks, services and knowhow essential for improving everyday life.

We decided to keep pushing, despite the odds, to grow and nurture our Chemical businesses and to support the Industry in the UK. I believe that the Chemical industry can offer growth, better life and sustainability in the UK. Coupling chemistry and entrepreneurship is key to the UK’s success.

I want to thank our Export Director, who is also my wife and my business partner, Dr Maggie Kessler as without her, this journey would not have been possible.

About the 2M Group and Mottie’s business journey:

Twelve years ago Mottie founded the 2M Group which became a portfolio of branded Chemical Distribution and related Service Companies.

The Group includes:

  • Distribution companies including: Banner Chemicals (est. 1860), Surfachem, Packed Chlorine and Stowlin.
  • Service companies including: MP Storage and Blending, SampleRite and Prism Chemicals.
  • International subsidiaries in China, Brazil & Benelux, Poland and Norway.

The 2M Group supports UK producers and customers via its best-in- class product selection, technical knowhow and stewardship, and specialty services. The Group provides products which help keep our drinking water free from bacteria, green technology for reducing diesel emissions, create beauty products and essential pharmaceutical products and help UK producers in their marketing efforts by managing their commercial samples, among many other services.

When Mottie established the 2M Group, it only sold within the UK and had 80 employees. The Group now exports to over 90 countries and has over 250 employees.

Mottie started his own career with an industrial work placement and has made it his mission to provide young people in the UK with similar opportunities: the 2M Group has devoted great resources and energies to helping young people across the North access a career in STEM and in 2016 reached over 550 young people by providing work placements, jobs, careers guidance and ‘get into Science’ days.

Mottie and 2M Holdings have also been recognised in multiple business awards including:

  • International Business of the year 2016 for 2M’s Subsidiary, Surfachem
  • Director of the Year, Mid-Market Enterprise, Institute of Directors, 2015
  • Global Director of the Year,Institute of Directors2015
  • EY Entrepreneur for Manufacturing, UK North, 2014

For press contact, please contact Liran Maller at lmaller@2m-holdings.com

2M Group Announces another year of ‘2M STEM’ – Supporting young people access careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)

In 2016, the 2M Group helped over 550 young people access careers in STEM Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects in the UK, as part of its ‘2M – STEM’ programme. The Group has just announced it will be continuing the programme in 2017 and has pledged to support even more young people this year, with special emphasis on graduates of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Life Sciences degrees.

Overcoming the STEM skill shortage is vital to the health and survival of many of the UK’s industries, including the Chemical Industry, of which 2M is a leading distributor.

As a British company of over 150 years’ history and a leading Chemical distributor, exporting to over 90 countries, 2M have made it their mission to help and inspire young people in the UK realise their potential in STEM subjects.

Figures show a widening skills gap in the UK’s industrial science sector, where there are over 30,000 more employees aged 40 – 64 than those in the 16 – 40 age group. New or recent school leavers and graduates accounted for only of 8.5% of the sectors’ total workforce.

The 2M-STEM programme has seen many employees across the 2M Group volunteering their time and insight to help young people learn about a career in the Chemical industry. The Group has used all of its sites across the UK, from its R & D facility in Huddersfield’s Innovation Centre, to the 8 acre Middlesbrough site – MP Storage and Blending, to provide apprenticeships, jobs, work experience and internships for as many young people as it could reach.

Mottie Kessler, Founder and Chairman of the 2M Group said: ‘I started my own career in the industry with a supported work placement and it gave me an opportunity and career which became a life-long passion. I want us to give young people those same opportunities.’

Liran Maller, Group Director of HR said: “Many of the young people we meet think a career in this industry is unattainable – that is a perception we are changing one person at a time. So far, the 2M-STEM programme has reached over 550 young people in 2016 alone. 2017 will be an even more successful year.”

If you are a recent graduate or school leaver hungry to pursue a career in Chemistry, Formulations, Chemical Engineering or IT, please email a CV and cover letter to recruitment@2m-holdings.com

 

http://www.2m-holdings.com/2016-a-trail-blazing-year-for-2m-stem-career-outreach-programme/

http://www.surfachem.com/ey-foundation-smart-futures-students-visit-surfachem

http://www.2m-holdings.com/mbe-for-mottie-kessler-chairman-and-ceo-of-2m-group-in-the-queens-new-years-honours-list-for-services-to-industry-and-exporting-in-the-north-west-of-england/

MBE for Mottie Kessler, Chairman and CEO of 2M Group, in the Queen’s New Years’ Honours List, for Services to Industry and Exporting in the North West of England

We are delighted to announce that Mottie Kessler, Chairman and CEO of 2M Group, has received an MBE in recognition of his Services to Industry and Exporting in the North West of England.

The award is given for Mottie’s services to the Chemical Industry in the UK, including significant job creation and export promotion in the North of England and exporting to over 90 countries. Mottie has also been recognised for his support in helping young people access a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.)

Mottie, who founded the 2M Group 12 years ago said:

I am proud and humbled to receive this award. I feel it represents recognition of the importance of Chemical businesses in the UK and the Chemical Industry as a whole.

Our success is based on our partnership with our loyal suppliers, customers and dedicated teams. Our export growth has been strongly supported by DIT, formerly UKTI.

12 years ago we took a leap of faith, investing heavily in the North of England, providing building blocks, services and knowhow essential for improving everyday life.

We decided to keep pushing, despite the odds, to grow and nurture our Chemical businesses and to support the Industry in the UK.  I believe that the Chemical industry can offer growth, better life and sustainability in the UK. Coupling chemistry and entrepreneurship is key to the UK’s success.

I want to thank our Export Director, who is also my wife and my business partner, Dr Maggie Kessler as without her, this journey would not have been possible.

About the 2M Group and Mottie’s business journey:

Twelve years ago Mottie founded the 2M Group which became a portfolio of branded Chemical Distribution and related Service Companies.
The Group includes:
•    Distribution companies including: Banner Chemicals (est. 1860), Surfachem, Packed Chlorine and Stowlin.
•    Service companies including: MP Storage and Blending, SampleRite and Prism Chemicals.
•    International subsidiaries in China, Brazil & Benelux, Poland and Norway.

The 2M Group supports UK producers and customers via its best-in-class product selection, technical knowhow and stewardship, and specialty services. The Group provides products which help keep our drinking water free from bacteria, green technology for reducing diesel emissions, create beauty products and essential pharmaceutical products and help UK producers in their marketing efforts by managing their commercial samples, among many other services.

When Mottie established the 2M Group, it only sold within the UK and had 80 employees. The Group now exports to over 90 countries and has over 250 employees.

Mottie started his own career with an industrial work placement and has made it his mission to provide young people in the UK with similar opportunities: the 2M Group has devoted great resources and energies to helping young people across the North access a career in STEM and in 2016 reached over 550 young people by providing work placements, jobs, careers guidance and ‘get into Science’ days.

Mottie has also been recognised in multiple business awards including:
•    Director of the Year, Mid-Market Enterprise
•    UK IoD for Global Director of the Year, 2015
•    EY Entrepreneur for Manufacturing, UK North, 2014

For the official list please see page 68 in the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/580999/new-years-honours-2017-full-list.pdf

For press contact, please contact Liran Maller at lmaller@2m-holdings.com

 

2M Holdings Ltd: Modern Slavery Policy Statement – October 2016

Modern slavery is a crime resulting in an abhorrent abuse of the human rights of vulnerable workers. It can take various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking.

The 2M Group has a zero tolerance approach to modern slavery and is committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all of its business dealings and relationships. 2M Group companies are implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure that modern slavery and human trafficking are not taking place anywhere within either its own business or in any of its supply chains, consistent with its obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

2M expects the same high standards from all of its staff, suppliers, contractors and other business partners and expects that their suppliers will in turn apply the same standards along their supply chains.

Action Taken/To be Taken

As a group purchasing speciality chemical products from a number of countries around the world, transparency from the manufacturers of these products and subsequent supply chains is vital in our fight against Modern Slavery. It is within these supply chains that there may be a risk of slavery and human trafficking.

2M accepts that it has a responsibility through its own due diligence processes to ensure that employees are not being exploited, are not subjected to poor labour practices, that they are safe and that relevant employment, health and safety and human rights laws and standards are being adhered to, including freedom of movement and communications.

As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk the 2M Group is currently undertaking a review of its procedures to ensure there is no slavery or trafficking in its supply chain and its own business and will ensure that it has in place, employment contracts which make specific reference to the prohibition of Modern Slavery , appropriate and relevant company policies including a Health and Safety and Social Accountability Policy and guidelines to demonstrate its commitment to safe, lawful and ethical standards with its own employees.

2M will ensure that questionnaires are sent to supply chains to ascertain what ethical trading practices are in place. This is to be further developed to include a statement specifically requesting a commitment to anti-slavery and human trafficking.

Where a 2M Group company uses a 3rd party employment agency for overseas employees, they shall ensure employment is not subject to modern slavery and all health and safety and human rights laws and standards are being adhered to.

As we are committed to ensuring the group’s compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 the effect of our procedures will be monitored by way of audit where it is warranted.

Responsibility for the Policy

The 2M Group Compliance Director, David Dalton, will have overall responsibility for ensuring that this policy complies with the Group’s legal and ethical obligations.

Purchasing Departments are responsible for monitoring supply chain compliance with ethical, anti-slavery and human trafficking policies. The Purchasing Director and company senior management are responsible for investigating allegations of modern slavery within the Company’s supply chain.

Training and communication

As part of 2M’s commitment to ensure compliance with their obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 the 2M Modern Slavery Policy will be circulated to all staff. Training will also be conducted so that staff are aware of how to identify exploitation and modern slavery and how to report suspected cases.

2M’s zero tolerance approach to modern slavery will also be communicated to all suppliers, contractors and other business partners when entering into new or renewed contracts with them.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our group’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the current financial year.

Mottie Kessler
Chairman/CEO

Mottie Kessler speaks to The Economist on optimism after Brexit, working through uncertainty and why Britain should embrace the Manufacturing and Chemical Sector

On November 8th  2016, Mottie Kessler, 2M’s Chairman and CEO was invited to be part of The Economists’ Panel on Exporting the UK middle market to the European Union and beyond.

Mottie Kessler, Chairman and CEO of 2M Holdings at The Economist Panel

Mottie Kessler, Chairman and CEO of 2M Holdings at The Economist Panel

The Economist wanted Mottie’s views on how trade would be affected by Brexit. Below is a summary of the interview:

  • How well is your business equipped to deal with uncertainty?

MK: Brexit created uncertainty. However, uncertainty is not new to our business and many others. For example, prior to Brexit over a period of 20 years, the £/$ exchange rate fluctuated from 1:2 to 1: 1.5 and inflation fluctuated even more. When I started my business 12 years ago, interest rates were a different ball game altogether to where we are now.

Being involved in supplying the building blocks essential to everyday life, which are linked to global manufacturing and in many cases impacted by crude oil prices, we are used to uncertainty and fluctuations.

What’s different here is that there are ‘emotional’ feelings attached to Brexit, but from a business position, we remain as flexible as ever – that hasn’t changed.

  • How do you mitigate what still remains ‘unknown’?

MK: The mitigation strategy is nothing new to common practice and common sense in good business practice: Qualified and motivated people, good systems, flexibility, innovation, and a clear understanding of where and how to create added value to customers. Uncertainty and cycles in business are more ‘natural’ than certainty.

  • Is there a difference between the impact on the Chemical Industry and other sectors?

MK: To a degree, one can claim that the Credit Crunch was triggered by complex sub-prime lending models that created no added value, but only extra costs of extra hands in the supply chain which produced no real products. Maybe it’s a healthy awakening for Britain to revive manufacturing.

The first member of our group companies (Samuel Banner & Co) was established in Britain over 150 years ago and we plan to be here for at least 150 years more, that’s why we’ll continue to invest in skills and sites. The demand for our products will continue for as long as people need to keep drinking clean water, showering, taking medication and doing just about everything else required to keep living a healthy and happy life.

L-R: Callum Williams, Britain Economics Correspondent at The Economist; Graham Cartledge, CBE, Chairman, Benoy; Mottie Kessler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, 2M Holdings; Rami Ranger, CBE, Chairman, SunMark

L-R: Callum Williams, Britain Economics Correspondent at The Economist; Graham Cartledge, CBE, Chairman, Benoy; Mottie Kessler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, 2M Holdings; Rami Ranger, CBE, Chairman, SunMark