Clwyd Compounders Ltd was founded by John Haywood (PhD, materials technology) and Sarah Haywood (MSc, Analytical chemistry) in 1979, and based in Wrexham, North Wales- an area with a long tradition of manufacturing, situated centrally for easy access to UK markets.
As technologists, they appreciated the potential for continuous development of rubber compounds, both to meet existing needs with more cost-effective materials, and to expand the range of conditions in which rubber compounds could be used.
During the 1980s, business capacity and supplier relationships were developed, and the Company established a particularly strong position in the fluoroelastomer market.
BS5750 quality accreditation was achieved in 1987, and this was followed by a continuous improvement programme focussed on the reduction of inter-batch variability of compounds.
The 1990s saw continued expansion in the business: the introduction of a 2nd mixer line with automatic stripping and slabbing facilities; and a focus on business system improvements, including computer controlled weighing and scheduling throughout the factory.
Since 2000, the technical department and laboratory facilities have been expanded substantially, with major investment in analytical equipment (TGA, DSC and FTIR). A separate unit has also been constructed to allow production of silicones, fluorosilicones and perfluoroelastomers under clean room conditions.
Today sees Clwyd Compounders working with customers in demanding technical requirements globally, developing compounds to meet specific applications, in a wide variety of markets.
These markets include, Oil and Gas, Plate Heat Exchangers, Printing, Pharmaceutical, Aerospace, Nuclear, and many more specialised fields.