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Aceto Acquires Syntor Fine Chemicals

Aceto aquire syntor

Aceto, a leading virtual manufacturer of specialty materials for life sciences, nutrition, agricultural, and advanced technology end markets and a New Mountain Capital portfolio company, announced its acquisition of Syntor Fine Chemicals today. Syntor is an asset-light manufacturer of fine chemicals for pharmaceutical and other life sciences end markets.

“The acquisition of Syntor is an important step in Aceto’s strategic growth plan,” said Gilles Cottier, Chief Executive Officer of Aceto. “Syntor’s synthesis and formulation capabilities enhance Aceto’s existing services and expand our value-added offerings in life sciences materials. With the addition of Syntor’s technical team, we can provide greater product customization in addition to supplying our current offering of high quality, specialty materials.”

“We are very pleased and excited about our partnership with Aceto,” said Simon Knowles, Managing Partner of Syntor. “The two companies are well aligned in their culture and drive to maximize value to customers through sourcing and development of complex chemistries. We believe Syntor will thrive with the support of Aceto’s global infrastructure and we look forward to contributing to the next stage of growth for the combined company.”

Andre Moura, a Managing Director at New Mountain Capital, commented, “The acquisition of Syntor represents significant progress in New Mountain’s strategic plan for Aceto, as the company continues its track record of growth both organically and through acquisition. The partnership creates significant cross-sell opportunities that benefit customers and supply partners to both businesses.”

Rakesh Sachdev, Chairman of Aceto and Senior Advisor at New Mountain Capital, added, “Syntor brings a portfolio of exciting, proprietary products, developed in-house for many blue-chip customers in the life sciences, pharmaceutical, agrochemical, aroma and electronics industries. We expect Syntor’s product leadership to accelerate as Syntor leverages Aceto’s global partnerships with customers and suppliers.”

Syntor will operate under the name “Syntor by Aceto,” and it is intended that all employees will be retained in their current roles. The combined entity will leverage the increased scale of Syntor and Aceto to provide enhanced value to customers.

Aceto and New Mountain Capital are receiving legal counsel from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, LLP. Ward Hadaway, LLP is serving as legal counsel to Syntor Fine Chemicals.


About Aceto

Founded in 1947, Aceto is a leading global virtual manufacturer supplying niche, differentiated specialty materials in life sciences and advanced technology end markets. With business operations in nine countries, Aceto distributes over 1,100 chemical compounds used principally by the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, agricultural, and specialty chemical industries. Aceto’s global operations, including a significant staff on the ground in China and India, are distinctive in the industry and enable its worldwide sourcing and regulatory capabilities.


About Syntor

Founded in 2004 and headquartered in Runcorn, UK, Syntor Fine Chemicals develops and supplies fine chemicals for life sciences and other advanced technology end markets. Syntor uses highly sophisticated synthesis and formulation capabilities in a wide range of synthetic organic transformations. Utilizing multipurpose, ISO-accredited manufacturing facilities, Syntor provides cost effective, low risk production solutions, from early stage process development through to commercial production. By maintaining an inventory of products in the UK, India and China, Syntor offers short lead times for exports into key markets globally.


About New Mountain Capital

New Mountain Capital is a New York based investment firm that emphasizes business building and growth, rather than debt, as it pursues long-term capital appreciation. The firm currently manages private equity, public equity, and credit funds with over $20 billion in assets under management. New Mountain seeks out what it believes to be the highest quality growth leaders in carefully selected industry sectors and then works intensively with management to build the value of these companies. For more information on New Mountain Capital, please visit

Industries that are supported by chemical development

Industries that are supported by chemical development

The world revolves around chemicals; over 70% of the products produced in the chemical industry are used in other industries, whilst another 20% is used by the chemical businesses themselves.

You may have thought that we mainly deal with specialist laboratories and pharmaceutical companies, but this is just a small part of what we produce day in day out.

The products we produce are transported around the world and used for various companies and products, so why not take a look at some of them!


Industries we support

Our client list is ever-growing, and it is something we are proud of as more and more industries look to come on board thanks to our specially developed products.

These include;

  • Food and beverages
  • Manufacturing
  • Science
  • Textiles
  • Paper
  • Paints
  • Printing
  • Pharmaceuticals

Above are just a snippet of the industries that require our help daily, other major operations include automobiles and construction, who are always on the lookout for new solutions that can give them the edge over their competition.

The list truly is endless, with new clients coming on board all the time, from all types of business. Our expert UK-based research and development team also put together initial trials to ensure that the product is just right before it goes to manufacture.


How Syntor can help?

The beauty of what we do at Syntor Fine Chemicals, and one of the reasons why we are so popular with clients, is that our products can be produced to the exact customer specifications and requirements.

We stock a wide range of chemical products, whilst we can also create tailor-made fine chemicals that other companies may not have the capacity to do so.

All of our items can be shipped worldwide too, ensuring that no matter what part of the world you are, you’ll be able to get the same high-quality Syntor product.

We can also provide technical support, aiming to help you get the best synthesis route, whether its a brand new or existing chemical development product.

Whether it is a product that we already have in stock or something completely different that you’re after, then get in touch with us on +44(0) 1928 579865. Alternatively, you can leave us an email, and will we get back to you ASAP.


Our chemical development opportunities include but are not limited to;

  • Toll Manufacture
  • Custom Synthesis
  • KG to Multi-tonne Scale Manufacture
  • Process Development
  • Project Management
  • Research and Development
  • Technical advice and expertise
  • REACH services

The use of boron trichloride dimethyloctylamine in the epoxy resin industry

The use of boron trichloride dimethyloctylamine in the epoxy resin industry

Fine Chemicals, it’s not only in our name but it’s also what we do best, and that’s why we’d like to introduce you to one of our developed products… boron trichloride – dimethyloctylamine complex (BCL3:DMOA)

It’s been developed in our very own UK laboratory, along with help from our highly-rated production facilities in China.

The beauty of our situation is that we can offer not only this product but all of our products at a cost-effective and low-risk solution, allowing businesses to get their product out to market as soon as possible.


What is boron trichloride dimethyloctylamine?

It has the CAS Number of 34762-90-8 and boasts a melting point range between 25 and 31 degrees Celsius.

It has a water content of <0.1% maximum, and its appearance can be described as a clear, colourless waxy solid.

We have developed this product in-house, and it can be utilised in a range of applications. It is stocked here in the UK and is available to be shipped wherever you may be in the world.

Boron trichloride dimethyloctylamine is best described as an amine complex and is proving extremely popular in the epoxy resin industry, which you can find out about below.


The epoxy resin industry

One of the most important sectors in building and construction, epoxy resin can be found in most buildings around the world, thanks to their high-performance adhesive capabilities.

Whether it’s the gloss finish on that marble floor in the hotel lobby, or to cover up that marble or chip floor design to avoid any obvious scratches.

The beauty of epoxy resin is that it not only offers protection from scratches, but the simple use of additives can ensure it is also safer than the standard cover with extra grip in place.

The compositions that can be used in the industry are excellent at resisting heat, as well as being extremely tough, something that is paramount if the product is being used every single day, sometimes 24/7.


How can we help?

Syntor Fine Chemicals Ltd prides itself in both developing and supplying a wide range of fine chemicals to the Pharmaceutical, Agrochemical, Aroma, Polymer and Electronic industries.

No matter what industry you are a part of, we can provide the products and services to suit your needs.

These include;

  • Process development
  • Custom synthesis
  • Kilogram to multi-tonne scale manufacture
  • Toll manufacturing
  • R&D laboratory, pilot plant and commercial-scale manufacturing facilities
  • Warehousing and logistics
  • Many more

To find out more information, you can contact us in various ways, from our contact page, via email on or via phone on +44 (0) 1928 579 865.

What is Custom Synthesis?

custom synthesis blurred vials

We offer a range of services, with custom synthesis one of the most important with our customers. That’s why we’ve put together this blog to help readers understand a bit more about custom synthesis, and how it can benefit your company.

Who would choose custom synthesis?

Businesses who may have developed a new drug will want to certainly go down this route. They generally have to find the right supplier and make sure they sign a confidentiality agreement, to keep their new creation a secret.

Either the step by steps are provided, or merely a list of instructions which once completed will give the finished results.

Is it for large scale orders?

Not normally, once a product becomes large scale then you’re into contract manufacturing territory. Custom synthesis is brilliant for testing or trialling a product, as well as making something secretive in small doses.

If something needs fine-tuning, then this is an ideal opportunity to finalise things, before sending it out to a wider market.

Why not just make it in-house then?

Generally, pharmaceutical brands, unless absolute powerhouses in the industry, will opt to outsource the making of their product. They can’t afford the high costs of employing experts in chemistry all the time, as well as having the facilities to accommodate making the product.

By working with these experts, they can finalise certain details, make any small changes needed and perfect their product. Once this is done they can move onto the larger contract manufacturing option.

What are the benefits of custom synthesis?

  • Lower costs
  • Reduce waste
  • Saves valuable company time
  • Requirements are always to exact scale
  • Syntor’s team of experienced staff can make sure it is outsourced to the best locations

Many customers not only want to save time and effort but by outsourcing, they can benefit from having the help of experts in the field of science and technology. These highly skilled individuals will be able to deliver the finished product as expected and to the correct time-frames.

How can Syntor Fine Chemicals help?

Pharmaceutical companies may also offer smaller brands and businesses the chance to use their facilities but they’ll usually make you pay a premium for it. At the end of the day they’re likely to be a competitor, and they wouldn’t want to give a competitor a big advantage by letting them use their facilities, unless they are financially rewarded for doing so.

Syntor doesn’t have this problem however, with no ties or loyalties to certain brands, we can offer the job for a fair price. Our cost-effective outsourcing solutions are highly rated, with synthesis and adaptations of current processes no problem at all.

If you are interested in working with us at Syntor, you can request a callback by filling in the form here.

Custom Toll Manufacturing vs Contract Manufacturing

Factory | Custom Toll Manufacturing

A question we get asked a lot at Syntor Fine Chemicals is exactly the one above, and although people may think they’re similar, there are a few major differences that can separate the two.

We’ll put the following in Layman’s terms, helping you hopefully by the end have a better understanding of the differences, and what may be most beneficial to your company or business.

To put it simply, what are the differences?

For custom toll manufacturing, a company will send either their raw materials or partly completed products to a 3rd party manufacturer, who will then complete the product for a few products.

Contract manufacturing works in a very similar way, however, you are leaving the chosen manufacturer to source the raw materials to.

Custom Toll Manufacturing – the good and the bad…

There are many advantages to custom toll manufacturing, such as being able to control the quality and cost of the materials you provide.

You also know there won’t be any unexpected costs, with the outsourced company charging a set fee per item usually.

Another benefit of outsourcing is that more than likely your product will come back complete with packaging and labelling – ready to sell the minute it returns.

There is a negative to this method, however, due to the need to provide the raw materials yourself; you’ll have to pay to get them shipped to the manufacturer, something that can prove extremely expensive especially if that company is overseas.

Contract Manufacturing – the good and the bad…

A popular choice for companies who may not have the warehouse or production space themselves, or simply have a product that can be outsourced fully.

In essence, you have the master plan and product, but another manufacturer is making it for you from scratch.

By doing so, you miss out on any of the shipping costs that custom toll manufacturing occurs, beating the middle man.

However, leaving everything to a contract manufacturer can have a few downsides.

You’re effectively handing over your whole product to someone else, if you haven’t worked with them in the past then there’s no saying you’ll be happy with the finished article. They could leave you with something substandard, or perhaps nothing at all.

If you have built up a longstanding relationship then the above point won’t matter, but you may not have total control of costs, as someone else is doing all the buying for you.

Why Syntor?

We know how difficult the two types can be to find, but not here at Syntor Fine Chemicals. Our production sites in India and China are well respected and have benefitted from training and support from our UK personnel.

Our Contract Manufacturing and Custom Toll Manufacturing services are always evolving, as we aim to be one of the world’s go-to companies.

We believe what separates us from the rest is a personal service like no other. We get to know your company first and assist at every single stage of the process.

Our suppliers deliver time and time again with excellent products, and our track record is second to none, you only have to speak to any of our current and past clients.

If you are interested in working with Syntor Fine Chemicals, get in touch either via phone or email on 01928579865 and

Do Agrochemical Products Help with Farming?

Do Agrochemical Products Help with Farming


Disadvantages of using Agrochemical Products

The main issue that arises out of using Agrochemical products is the fact that they are chemical based. These are synthesized in laboratories and are then indirectly consumed by the general population. Some predict that this could produce health hazards, especially for young people consuming such products.

Lastly, if these chemicals are used in a place, which is not monitored correctly, they can render the soil completely devoid of natural fertilizers and leave behind toxic waste which makes the land uncultivable for the future.

These are just some of the views we have on this particular subject. If you wish to share your opinion please feel free to get in touch with us here. Alternately, if you have found this article and are looking to us for services you can take a look at the full range of products we manufacture here.

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