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For the world’s customers of chemical ingredients, ranging from massive multinationals through to small and entrepreneurial alchemists, Surfachem is the catalyst for success.

Our journey began in 1981. Over this time Surfachem has grown to become the leading, UK based, global distributor of surfactants & speciality chemicals into a wide range of industry sectors including:

  • Cosmetics and Personal Care
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Household and I&I Cleaning
  • Car Care
  • Animal Care
  • Oil and Gas

In 2007 we became part of the 2M Holdings Ltd Group of chemical companies that includes Banner Chemicals, MP Storage and Blending, Packed Chlorine, and SampleRite. Our strategy is to develop long term partnerships with market leading chemical manufacturers and customers alike.

Cosmetics and Personal Care

Surfachem offer a vast array of products into the personal care industry sourced from market leading manufacturers including Evonik, Lubrizol, Stepan, Givaudan, Aldivia, Salicylates and Chemicals, Jungbunzlauer, PQ Silicas,  Sudarshan, Kuo Ching and other.

Our range of products allows formulators to manufacture products into all sectors within personal care including skincare, bath and shower, suncare, haircare and colour cosmetics.

Within these sectors we offer a diverse range of product groups including:

  • Surfactants (Natural/Nonionic/Anionic/Amphoteric/Cationic)
  • Rheology modifiers
  • Emulsifiers
  • Skincare and haircare actives
  • Emollients
  • Preservatives
  • Pigments and colours
  • Fragrances
  • Oils and waxes
  • Exfoliants


Surfachem’s Pharmaceutical division offers a range of high quality API's, Excipients and Specialist Pharmaceutical Ingredients to pharmaceutical, biotech, chemical and drug discovery companies to meet their formulation requirements and manufacturing timelines.

We support our customer’s R&D and product development teams throughout their projects, supplying not only products but ideas and information on market trends to create a competitive edge for their formulations. At Surfachem, we strive to consistently ensure that the products we supply are manufactured, packed and handled in accordance with EU GMP, FDA & latest ICH Q7 guidelines, comply to latest EP/BP/USP monograph's and are accompanied with all relevant documentation. Surfachem is ISO and ESAD certified and our QMS system/ warehouse is regularly audited by Pharmaceutical companies.

Surfachem’s Technical teams are here to help! Whether you are looking to develop something completely new or trying to solve problems with an existing product, we offer tailored and personalised support. In February 2014 we opened a Surfachem technical laboratory within the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre at The University of Huddersfield, Yorkshire, UK. Together with the fully equipped Surfachem Brazil R&D laboratory in San Paolo, our technical facilities are a focal point for the development of new formulations and applications incorporating the latest ingredients and technologies. Dr Richard Smith, Surfachem MD, said: "The synergies of our technical expertise located within the Innovation Centre and the University of Huddersfield allows us to bring new formulations and innovation directly to our business partners".

Personal Care

Surfachem offer a vast array of products into the personal care industry sourced from market leading manufacturers. Our range of products allow the formulator to manufacture products into all sectors within personal care including skincare, bath and shower, suncare and colour cosmetics. Product groups include surfactants(amphoteric), surfactants(anionic), surfactants(cationic), surfactants(natural), surfactants(nonionic), rheology modifiers, emulsifiers, skincare and haircare actives, emollients to name a few.

Household, I&I and Industrial

Surfachem's surfactants form a comprehensive range of ingredients on which to build robust formulations for household, I&I and car care formulations. In addition to surfactants, Surfachem offer a full range of products for these sectors, from rheology modifiers and builders to polymers for a streak free finish.

Pharmaceutical Ingredients

Surfachem offer a range of pharmaceutical excipients for use in solid and liquid dosage forms. We have selected a range of products from the highest quality suppliers to build an extensive portfolio for pharmaceutical formulations.

Distribution network

With a Head Office based in Leeds, UK, local teams in Brazil, Norway and Poland, centrally located warehousing, strategically positioned logistic hubs, experienced in house shipping team and a network of agents in key markets, Surfachem is able to offer a flexible delivery service that meets the requirements of our customers and relevant local legislations around the globe.

2M Holdings Ltd, the parent company of Surfachem, is a member of Omni-Chem136, LLC, the world’s largest alliance of regional independent chemical distributors."Our membership in Omni-Chem136 represents an excellent opportunity for our company to grow our network of relationships throughout the global chemical distribution industry,” says Mottie Kessler, Chairman & CEO 2M Holdings. "The Omni-Chem136 alliance includes leading chemical distribution companies around the world and we are honoured to be a part of such a prestigious group of companies.”

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