Changes in UK Polymers Distribution

28 February 2008

Dianne Nott

Azelis has signed an agreement with Whyte Group to take over the business of Whyte Polymers as from 3rd March.

Whyte Polymers’ staff will move to Azelis Plastics UK offices at Thatcham, Berkshire. It is from here that the business will operate in future under the Azelis Plastics UK name.  Existing Whyte Polymers warehousing facilities at Doncaster and Felixstowe will continue to be used, providing uninterrupted service for customers.

The enlarged Azelis Plastics UK will provide a broader product offer to UK customers requiring Engineering and Commodity polymers. The effective doubling in size of Azelis Plastics UK to a turnover approaching £20 million will make it one of the major UK polymers distributors.

According to Melvyn Whyte, CEO Whyte Group, “Whyte Polymers no longer fits with our strategic ambitions. We have taken the decision to focus all our resources on our core business and this solution maintains our Principals’ route to market and provides continuity of supply for our customers who will receive expert service and support from Azelis Plastics UK”, he said.


For further information contact:
Dianne Nott Tel +44 (0)1925 267557 Mob +44 (0)7860 272754                                                                        

Editors notes:

  • Azelis is the leading European distributor of specialty chemicals, polymers and related services.  
  • It was formed in 2001 and has pursued a ‘growth by acquisition strategy’, purchasing small/medium specialty distributors, whilst at the same time developing organic growth through the identification of synergies among member companies.
  • The Azelis Group currently comprises 36 companies, operates in 26 European countries and has offices in Shanghai and Mumbai. It offers international chemical producers access to many specialised market segments. Its international business units focus on providing products and specialist technical services into the Food & Health, Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care, Animal Nutrition, Plastics, Composites, Rubber, Coatings and Chemical Industries.
  • Whyte Chemicals is a privately owned company established in 1976 with a turnover in the region of £100 million. They are one of the largest private distributors of chemicals in the UK and they also manufacture pharmaceuticals, both formulation and active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).