We are pleased to release the following statement…

 

Basildon Chemicals to acquire Lambson Personal Care and Encapsulation technology and assets.

We are pleased to announce the forthcoming acquisition of Lambson Limited’s Personal Care, Household I&I, Brewing and Encapsulation assets. Lambson a specialty chemical business headquartered in the UK has its core interests in the Energy Cure, Personal Care and Fine Chemicals Performance Additives markets.

Basildon Chemicals is a UK based specialist manufacturer and formulator of silicone emulsions and compounds. The company is focused on the consumer markets of Personal Care, Pharmaceutical and Food, as well as supplying certain niche industrial markets such as silicones for Coatings, Car Care and Agrochemicals.

Mr Fraser Hall, MD of Lambson, said “We have actively sought out a buyer who really appreciates the business, understands how to operate it properly, and is keen and capable of developing its future potential. The acquisition combines two like-minded cultures with harmonised skill sets and builds on Basildon’s already strong market position, adding an established portfolio of complementary products as well as new technologies”.

Mr Ian Watling, MD of Basildon Chemicals, said “We are well-positioned to continue to grow the newly acquired Lambson business. With continued investments in product development, while leveraging our synergies in supply chain and manufacturing, we remain committed to delivering the specialty product offering and value-added customer support that our partners and end-users have come to expect
from us.”

As new owners, Basildon Chemicals, recognise the reputation that has been created through relationships with Lambson’s existing customers and partners and are keen to ensure that this reputation is maintained and built upon. The closing of the transaction is subject to usual and customary closing conditions. The effective date will be September 1st 2019. All transactions prior to this date will
be handled by Lambson in the usual manner. Post this date all transactions will be handled by Basildon Chemicals, who will contact stakeholders directly.

5 incredibly useful antifoam tips

Please find our 5 incredibly useful antifoam tips.

1. Often it is best to add antifoam before any foam builds up. Getting antifoam into
existing foam can be difficult.

2. Spraying antifoam onto existing foam can give the most rapid control.

3. Don’t allow antifoams to freeze or get too hot – this spoils their stability. Some will
put up with this so please ask.

4. If a person takes an indigestion remedy containing a pharmaceutical antifoam (look
for Simethicone) to remove trapped gas / wind, another person can hear the foam
breaking if they place their ear on the first persons stomach. Do make sure you ask
first and watch out for the wind!

5. Foam will drain and mature on standing. New (wet) foam is usually tougher than old
(drier) foam.

For more information visit our Antifoam section.

Silicones: A Beauty Success Story

They’ve been around for over sixty years, and their usage is still increasing. When it comes to beauty products, silicones are everywhere. Shampoos, conditioners, styling products, sunscreens, primers, foundations, lipsticks, mascaras and more all contain them.

So what exactly are silicones? And why have they become so ubiquitous in the beauty world?

Silicones are made by synthesising the element silicon with oxygen and other elements, such as carbon and hydrogen. Because silicon binds readily with oxygen, it is rarely found in a pure state in nature, and most commonly exists as silicon dioxide or silica. Silica is found in high abundance in quartz (sand). And, sure enough, it is sand that is frequently used to make silicones.

As for their enduring popularity, silicones have a range of properties that make them perfect additions to beauty formulas. They smooth and improve product application, increasing ‘slip’ and spreading; protect against water loss; provide water resistance and durability; help to repair skin or hair damage; add gloss; improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles; create breathable barriers, and can act as delivery systems for other ingredients.

To utilise these diverse qualities, silicones come in different forms, including fluids, waxes, polyethers and elastomers. One of the most commonly used is cyclomethicone, as its rapid rate of evaporation makes it a useful carrier for active ingredients that are designed to be absorbed by the skin. Cyclomethicone has come under regulatory scrutiny recently, however, there are alternatives available in the form of short-chained dimethicones. Dimethicone and dimethicone copolyol work by forming a breathable film over skin which then enables other ingredients to stay on the surface. They are frequently used in BB and CC creams, where they help to maintain even pigment tone.
Crosslinked silicones, otherwise known as elastomers, are among the newest types of silicone on the market and are typically found in anti-ageing products. They create a ‘soft-focus’ blurring effect that helps to conceal imperfections, lines and wrinkles by reflecting and diffusing light. Silicone elastomers have a distinctive dry, silky feel on the skin and also act to absorb excess oil, mattifying and evening out skin tone.

In sun care products, silicones add water-resistance, providing protection for longer periods while avoiding the stickiness associated with many organic sunscreens. Acrylates siloxanes are particularly suitable to provide these properties; They play a similar role in cosmetics, making mascaras waterproof and long-lasting, and giving additional staying power to lipsticks, eyeliners, foundations, eyeshadows and blushers, as well as enabling them to be applied more smoothly.

And silicones aren’t just good for use in skin products– they have long been used in hair formulations where they feature in shampoos, conditioners and styling products. They have the ability to repair the surface of damaged hair, coating it to make it feel softer and smoother, as well as imparting extra shine. In addition, resin blends have been shown to be excellent de-frizzing agents. Silicones also stay in place to help strengthen hair and safeguard against further damage and humidity.

Although they cannot be termed ‘natural’, they are derived from natural ingredients and are biologically inert and degradable. They are also suitable for vegan products and are not derived from palm oil. They often perform better than natural oils and waxes too. For example, the smaller molecule size of vegetable, nut and seed oils mean they can penetrate the skin and clog pores, while silicone molecules are too large to be absorbed, making them non-comedogenic. In fact, The American Academy of Dermatology suggests silicone-based cosmetics might help those suffering from cystic acne and rosacea.

When you consider their many benefits, it’s no wonder silicones appear on the labels of so many beauty products, and that they’ve been doing so for so long. Not bad for something that started life on a beach…

Anita Hall

Congratulations to the Bas Chem “Sunshine Band” Team for completing Relay for Life

Amazing amount of money raised, well done team.

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What’s happening this Summer at KCC Basildon……?

New Business Development Executive

We would like to welcome David Hobden to the team here at Bas Chem.  David will be responsible for developing our business in the Food and Industrial sectors.

Baby Boom at BasChem!

Congratulations to both Mariann and Roxanne on the births of their beautiful baby boys!

Holiday season opening hours

We are exhibiting at SCS Formulate in Coventry, 15th-16th November, stand 529 – would love to see you there