Chemlink Specialities and Addi-Tec become HARKE UK

We are pleased to announce that as of 1 February 2024, Chemlink Specialities and Addi-Tec have merged and rebranded to become HARKE UK LP. 

Under the new HARKE UK brand, both companies will maintain their individual business units while expanding into new sectors, including Food, Basechem, and Pharma. This strategic move aims to fulfill the diverse needs of customers throughout the UK, Ireland and across Europe by expanding the range of products and services offered. 

There will be five divisions within HARKE UK:

  • HARKE Chemlink – covering personal care and HI&I
  • HARKE Addi-Tec – covering coatings, plastics and polymer ingredients and additives
  • HARKE Pharma – covering pharmaceuticals
  • HARKE Food – covering food ingredients and nutraceuticals
  • HARKE Basechem – covering base chemicals and agrochemicals

Within each of these business units, we will offer distribution, formulation, reformulation, regulatory advice, micro testing, product sourcing, excellent customer service and marketing support to our principals. To our customers, we offer a price, technical and service advantage over competitors. 

Thorsten Harke – President HARKE group 

“This move will unify our team, open up the company to new divisions, and enhance the presence of HARKE GROUP with the UK, Ireland and across Europe” 

Jack Minister – Director HARKE UK 

“HARKE UK will allow us to better position ourselves in the market through enhancing and expanding our product offerings, technical ability, and market presence and contributions in alignment with our parent company the HARKE Group”

We are excited to be working together as one brand to expand our service and product portfolios across the UK & Ireland, as part of our mission to drive innovation in the chemical distribution market.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch. 


[Placeholder pulled from HARKE website, to be checked/replaced by HARKE GROUP]

HARKE GROUP is a powerful chemical and plastics distributor with a strong footprint in Europe and Asia.

For more than 50 years we are #ConnectingWorldMarkets on 4 continents, in more than 50 countries, for more than 30 industries through our skilled technical sales, formulation and logistics experts in 16 subsidiaries. 

We have a proven track record of successful sales and procurement market openings! Active in 8 divisions and 25 business units, supported by 15 service functions, with 3 laboratories, 2 contract packing sites and more than 40.000 deliveries per year HARKE is an attractive partner: #OnePartnerOneResponsibility

Join Chemlink Specialities at SCS Formulate 2023

This annual conference, run by the Society of Cosmetic Scientists, is a key event for the industry, offering delegates the opportunity to network with fellow professionals, learn from industry experts and see what new innovations and products are coming to the market in the year ahead.

Continue reading

Soluble packaging: Your Questions Answered

For some time, the laundry detergent industry has shifted towards water-soluble pods/sachets as concentrated products, replacing traditional powders, liquids, and blocks. These products are available in single or multi-pocket formats. More recently, auto dishwash products have also moved towards multi-pocket pods, while hard surface cleaning sprays and disinfectant sprays have adopted concentrated powder or liquid pods that are diluted at the point of use in pump spray bottles.

We at Chemlink Harke Group are now exploring the use of soluble packaging in their rinse-off and leave-on cosmetic products, which represents a significant area of development. This opens up countless possibilities for joint collaboration with cosmetic brands to expand the application of this technology.

Continue reading

Making Pharmaceuticals UK 2023

In April, Chemlink Specialties joined Harke Pharma at Making Pharmaceuticals UK 2023, the leading UK pharmaceutical exhibition & conference. This year the event was held in Coventry and provided an excellent platform to bring together a wide range of exhibitors and delegates from across the pharmaceutical industry to discuss, showcase and learn about all things pharma. 

Continue reading

Introducing Our New Pharma Principal: Omya

We’re pleased to welcome Omya to HARKE GROUP’s Life Sciences Division as one of our exciting new principals. Chemlink Specialities will offer the range of natural and functionalized Calcium Carbonates in the UK and Ireland. In this blog post, we’ll introduce you to the company and its current pharmaceutical and nutraceutical range and explain how you can request samples!

Continue reading

New Principal: Labio

We’re proud to introduce you to an exciting new principal for personal care products: Labio. Based in Korea, Labio specialises in bio-technology and specifically focuses on extremophiles. Through a unique combination of metabolome, fermentology and cell engineering, this innovative company looks at developing efficient, sustainable and more eco-friendly ingredients with enhanced dermatological benefits for a range of personal care applications.Continue reading