Johnson Matthey Acquires Organics Maker
Avocado Research Chemicals

 

Ward Hill-March 4, 2002 - Alfa Aesar, a Johnson Matthey Company, and Avocado Research Chemicals, Ltd. have come to terms on an agreement whereby Alfa Aesar will acquire Avocado.

The purchase will add an important organic research chemicals component to the existing Alfa Aesar/Johnson Matthey manufacturing portfolio. With the addition of Avocado’s extensive production capabilities, in tandem with larger Johnson Matthey facilities, Alfa Aesar now offers customers a single source for organic chemicals from research to fullscale production.

The acquisition follows six years of close cooperation between the two companies. During much of that time, Alfa Aesar has operated as exclusive North American distributor for Avocado products.

"Alfa Aesar and Avocado have had a cooperative and mutually productive relationship for the past six years. In that time, Alfa Aesar has enhanced its strong position in high purity inorganics and metals with its emergence as a reliable supplier of quality research organics," said Barry Singelais, Director of Alfa Aesar worldwide.

Singelais added, "We have worked together with Avocado for years. We know the people and the products and they know us. This is the next logical step in the Alfa Aesar/Avocado partnership."

In only 10 years, Avocado has grown virtually from scratch to be a major research organics manufacturer with substantial operations and 70 employees, including 35 chemists. Avocado has extensive expertise in a wide range of chemical synthetic processes.

"In a relatively short time, Avocado has grown to be one of the leading manufacturers of organic compounds for research in the world," said Dr. Eric Wildsmith, Director of Avocado Research Chemicals. "Alfa Aesar took a chance with us in the earlier days and has remained an important part of our growth since that time. This next phase in the relationship will enable us to continue to expand and to develop new products for chemists."

A significant amount of Avocado product inventory is already consigned to Alfa Aesar’s distribution center in Massachusetts. The Avocado name will be retained as a brand name representing high quality organic research chemicals from Alfa Aesar.

About Alfa Aesar

Alfa Aesar, a Johnson Matthey Company, is a leading international manufacturer and supplier of research chemicals, metals and materials. With nearly 25,000 products in the company’s catalog, Alfa Aesar is the single source for customers’ chemicals and materials needs, from sizes for research to semi-bulk and bulk quantities. Alfa Aesar has sales and distribution facilities in Boston, USA and Karlsruhe, Germany and a high purity inorganic chemicals production plant in Royston, England. Alfa Aesar also draws on the significant manufacturing network of Johnson Matthey, with numerous chemical, catalyst and fabricated metal production plants in North America, Europe and elsewhere worldwide.

About Avocado Research Chemicals, Ltd.

Avocado Research Chemicals is a leading manufacturer of fine chemicals. Avocado manufactures thousands of organic compounds in its Lancashire, England plant, where the company employs 35 chemists working two production shifts. The Avocado chemicals catalog of more than 11,000 products is widely distributed in Europe and other parts of the world.


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