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Barony Universal and Sanmex International to merge

Published 28th December, 2015 by Neil Nixon

Barony Universal and Sanmex International to merge

Two leading aerosol and contract fill manufacturers, Barony Universal and Sanmex International, are to merge. Barony Universal, based in Irvine, Ayrshire, and Sanmex International in Rutherglen, Glasgow, active competitors for many years, are combining to create what is claimed to be the largest independent aerosol manufacturer in the UK.

The combined expertise and track record of the two firms will deliver a significant competitive advantage, allowing the new company to pursue much larger contracts, both in the UK and in the global marketplace. Both companies have active R&D functions and their product and service innovation has helped them to attract and retain global brands as well as producing own-label products for leading high street retailers. The combined operation will have deep penetration into a number of the sector's most competitive areas including personal care, homecare, autocare, and pet care.

Eliot Swan, finance director of Barony Universal, said: “The global aerosol market is highly competitive and heavily reliant on constant innovation, particularly the ability to rapidly bring new products to market. It makes perfect sense for the two firms to combine expertise and operations, strengthening our capabilities and providing us with a platform to grow and win bigger contracts within the global market. We are stronger as partners than as competitors and our many blue chip customers have welcomed the news that we will be working together with immediate effect.”

Steven Groden is currently chief executive of Sanmex International and will take on the same role at the expanded operation. He added: “The UK is the largest manufacturer of aerosols per capita in the world, and the sector is highly dependent on speed to market and the ability to respond swiftly to changes in both demand and technology. Barony and Sanmex have both enjoyed growth by continually identifying better ways to bring products to market. The enlarged operation will benefit from huge shared wisdom and experience, as well as having a nimble and creative R&D function which delivers the innovation which the sector demands.”

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