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Growth leads to investment for Kluthe UK
Kluthe UK, the chemical product supplier and surface treatment specialist, has recorded a fifty per cent increase in growth in the past year.
Spurred by the acquisition of H3P Technologies and a strengthened portfolio of products and services, Kluthe’s investment in additional staff and new technologies has placed it in an excellent position for continued UK expansion.
The acquisition of H3P provided Kluthe with a UK foothold in the pre-treatment, metalwork and cleaning markets. As a leading trouble-shooter in UK chemical pre-treatment, H3P built a client base from industrial, architectural and automotive clients – including iconic brands like Aston Martin and Lotus.
The H3P acquisition was complemented by a substantial £400,000 investment in new machinery, equipment and technology. The acquisition and new investment have resulted in improved efficiency, shorter lead times and broader capabilities.
With three business units now operating in the UK, it was necessary to expand and restructure the UK team with the addition of 11 new staff.
As a chemicals company, Kluthe’s continuous innovation has been complemented by an ever-increasing focus and dedication to reducing its environmental impact. The company is already working to significantly reduce transport costs and preventing millions of litres of treated water from being discharged into water systems.
Clive Gray, managing director for Kluthe UK, said: “It has been a particularly exciting year for us, with an important acquisition and significant investment. Our growth is largely thanks to the excellent team we have put together and the rapid expansion of our chemical and surface treatment services and expertise here in the UK.
“While the UK is dominated by two large corporate players, we have offered a more dynamic alternative since entering the market in 2001. This has been recognised by many in the industry, leading to a rapid increase in market share across our existing sectors and as we diversify into new areas.”