Paris-La Défense, February 28, 2023
Safic-Alcan, a leading distributor of specialty chemicals, has
announced the acquisition of 4PLAS LTD., a distributor of engineered plastics in the UK.
Founded in 2003 by Simon Humphrey, Mark Dixon, Jason Thorpe, and Andrew Bastow, 4PLAS LTD
supplies innovative polymer solutions to the injection moulding industry in the United Kingdom and
Ireland. With this acquisition, Safic-Alcan’s UK subsidiary will be strengthened, making it one of the
main regions for the group.
“Simon, Mark, Jason, and Andrew are committed to a smooth transition, and we look forward to the
integration process,” said Yann Lissillour, CEO of the Safic-Alcan Group.
Barry McDonnell, Managing Director of Safic-Alcan UK, added, “This is our fifth acquisition in the UK
in the past 15 years, so we are well-prepared to welcome the 4PLAS team. This acquisition will
further strengthen our plastic activities, which currently account for 5% of our turnover.”
Safic-Alcan is a French independent distributor of specialty chemicals headquartered in Paris La Défense (France). The
Company develops and provides wide ranges of polymers, materials and additives for the rubber, coatings, adhesives,
thermoplastics, polyurethane, lubricants, detergency, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and nutraceuticals industries. With a network
of 33 offices strategically located in Europe, Turkey, Middle East, North America, Mexico, South America, China and South
Africa, and 733 people worldwide, Safic-Alcan generated a turnover of 725 M€ in 2021. Learn More
About 4PLAS LTD
4PLAS established in 2003 in the UK, offers an extensive array of engineering thermoplastic materials, masterbatches, colour & custom
compounds, as well as 4TECH high performance materials, all with a wide range of additives & fillers including natural fibres and more
recently offering a growing biopolymer and biodegradable 4ETEC range. With its wide technical and market expertise, 4PLAS offers cost
effective grades and solutions, and has continued to grow establishing itself as a key supplier to the UK and European automotive, building,
telecoms, engineering, electrical and electronic injection moulding markets. 4PLAS employs 11 people and generated £ 13.5 M in 2021.