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Abingdon-based Infineum acquires ISCA UK emulsifiers business unit

12 August 2021
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Specialty chemical company Infineum is to acquire ISCA UK emulsifiers business unit in a deal that secures ISCA’s ISCAMUL emulsifier brand and formulation expertise.

This acquisition signals a move back into the emulsion explosives market by the Abingdon-based company, where existing capabilities can be leveraged to better serve existing and potential new customers.

Infineum CEO, Trevor Russell, said: “I am really pleased that Infineum is moving into this area as mining technology is crucial for
E-mobility, which relies on the supply of precious metals. This is a more sustainable method than other types of mining explosives, creating fewer fumes and gases which aligns with Infineum’s sustainability agenda going forward.”

Infineum is a specialty chemicals company whose purpose is to create a sustainable future through innovative chemistry. A joint venture between Shell and Exxon Mobil, Infineum is one of the world leaders in the formulation, manufacturing and marketing of petroleum additives for lubricants and fuels with operations and production facilities worldwide.

ISCA UK is a leading manufacturer of cosmetic preservatives, speciality chemicals, flame retardants and polymers for the personal care, coatings and allied industries.

In 2019, Infineum, opened its new Global Centre of Innovation at its Headquarters in Milton Hill.

This multi-million pound investment in their site close to Didcot,  generated more than 50 new jobs for chemists and engineers, to research better and more sustainable solutions in the automotive, transmissions and fuels additives business.  This influx of talent provides the opportunity for Infineum to accelerate on its journey of creating a sustainable future using innovative chemistry.

The building has delivered improved infrastructure, including new laboratories for leading edge research and development, along with a variety of collaborative and agile meeting spaces, and a new restaurant for employees and visitors.

With global headquarters in Milton Hill, UK, Infineum is a developer, manufacturer and marketer of lubricant additives used primarily in automotive, heavy-duty diesel and marine engines, and additives for diesel fuels. Its customers are oil companies, other lubricant and fuel marketers and OEMs. The Infineum product line also includes specialty additives for small engines, automotive transmissions, and gas engines, and industrial oils. Infineum has Business & Technology centres in the USA, UK, Singapore and China and has sales representation in over 70 countries.

Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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