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Stort Chemicals Limited Announces Acquisition of Zanos Limited

21 October 2020

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Stort Chemicals Limited is pleased to announce the completion of the acquisition of Zanos Limited on 5th October 2020 to reinforce their position as one of the most successful family owned speciality chemical distribution companies in the UK.

Richard Gilkes, Managing Director of Stort Chemicals said, ‘With its strong reputation and 20 years of involvement in the speciality chemicals and natural ingredients market, Zanos Ltd is the perfect addition to the Stort Chemicals portfolio in both the Industrial and Flavours & Fragrance sectors. With this acquisition, Stort is laying the foundations to build on its 40 years of experience and enhance our expertise in chemical distribution into the 2020s and beyond’.

Emma Marchant, Director – Flavours & Fragrances added, ‘We could not be more excited to bring Julian Sarkar’s industry knowledge and professionalism into the Stort family. In these uncertain times, we are stronger together.’

Julian Sarkar, Founder of Zanos Ltd, said ‘Stort Chemicals is the ideal fit to continue the development of the business built up over the last 20 years. I look forward to continuing to work with Richard, Kendrick and Emma to bring our range of high-quality speciality chemicals and natural products to a broader audience.’

Finally, Kendrick Gilkes, Founding Director and Executive Chairman of Stort Chemicals said, ‘I first met Julian in 1987 when he was working for Henkel and I had recently started Stort Chemicals. We have been both friends and colleagues since then. I am confident our acquisition will be a great success.’

Zanos Ltd will continue to work from their Knutsford, Cheshire HQ for at least the next 6-12 months. Julian Sarkar will be working closely as part of the Stort team in the role of Consultant for a minimum of 2 years to ensure a smooth transition.

Any questions should be directed to Emma Marchant at Stort Chemicals Ltd – and we would also direct you to our website for further information.

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