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About Harke UK & Ireland

What Makes Harke UK & Ireland Different?

At Harke UK & Ireland we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service reputation, our exceptional industry ties and our in-depth knowledge of chemical products spanning a wide selection of industries.

Based in Manchester, UK with UK warehousing capabilities, Harke UK & Ireland offers distribution, formulation, reformulation, regulatory advice, micro testing, product sourcing, excellent customer service and marketing support to its principals.

What does this mean for you as a customer? Harke UK & Ireland can provide you with a price, technical, and service advantage over your competitors.

So whether you’re looking for a better price or level of customer service on a standard chemical product, or looking to gain a competitive advantage by seeking out a custom chemical product, we can help you.

Services We Offer

Formulation Development

We offer excellence in technical service in many application areas including cosmetics, pharma & nutraceuticals, HI&I, agrocare, food and bas chemistry.

Sourcing & Sample Provision

If you’re having trouble tracking down a particular raw material we can help.

Micro Testing

Our microbiological testing service is co-ordinated by the expert technical team.

Performance Testing

Using specialist partners, Harke UK & Ireland can provide performance testing in many areas. For more information, please contact us.

Regulatory Advice

We can offer advice and data on MSDS and the move to CLP, European Legislation, BPR, REACH, Detergent and Cosmetic Regulations.

December 2023
Company Launched
Harke UK & Ireland

In December 2024, Chemlink and Addi-Tec became Harke UK & Ireland. A move that opened up the company to new divisions, such as: Basechem, Agrochem, and Food. This move has unified our team, and enhanced the presence of the HARKE GROUP across Europe.

February 2019
Expanding horizons
Chemlink & Addi-Tec Acquired

The original founding companies of the Chemlink Group, Chemlink Specialities & Addi-Tec, were acquired by the HARKE GROUP based in Mülheim, Germany.

September 2012
Room to grow
A New Office

In 2012 the offices of Chemlink Specialities and Addi-Tec moved to their current location on Station Road, Urmston Manchester. Originally named Gladstone House, the building was re-named in memory of the company founder Peter Minister in 2018.

June 2005
Company Expanded
Addi-Tec is Formed

Addi-Tec was formed as a sister company within the Chemlink Group, offering specialist additives to the polymers, paints & coatings markets.

June 1994
Company Founded
Chemlink Specialities is Formed

Founded by Peter Minister, the person for whom our office building is named,  Chemlink Specialities was set up to be a specialty distributor, covering the UK & EIRE. Peter Minister wanted to offer a different level of service as a distributor, and quickly set up a formulation lab at the company's original premises in Carrington Business Park, Manchester. 

Chemlink Specialities was originally developed as a niche distributor, specialising in eco-friendly and naturally derived ingredients for the Personal Care and HI&I markets.

Our Team of Experts

Our team of experts consist of a variety of specialist professionals working at locations across the UK, briefly comprising:

  • A technical team based at our labs in Manchester, utilising over 50 years’ combined experience to offer formulation development, provide testing and regulatory advice.
  • A technical sales team of 12 covering the UK and Ireland, all coming from technical chemistry backgrounds, specilising in their own disciplines.
  •  Our warehouse team based in Halifax offering UK-based distribution for fast order turnaround times.
  • All supported by our head office team who handle enquiries, logistics, accounts, IT and supply chain.

Learn more about the HARKE GROUP by visiting the HARKE GROUP website here.

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Latest updates

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