About Us


rutpen ltd was established in 1970, originally to supply small pack solvents to industry. The company quickly acquired a reputation for fast innovative service, expanding into solvent recovery, powder and liquid blending. Sustained investment in premises and plant and recruitment of highly qualified and experienced chemists and engineers over the ensuing years has developed rutpen into today's multi-million pound, industry leading company. Despite the changes though, rutpen has never lost sight of the original aims; to provide the chemical industry with a high quality, confidential service without compromise.

1970 rutpen ltd established by David Whittle on the outskirts of Reading.

1975 Additional premises in Newbury & Reading.

1980 First building purchase at the decommissioned RAF Membury Airfield, replaces the site outside Reading.

1983 Further building purchases at Membury allowing relocation of powder and liquid blending from Reading.

1985 Opened satellite depot at Ipswich (relocated to Membury in 1992).

1987 Further facilities factories purchased at Membury, subsequently renovated and fitted out.

1987 Accredited to BS9001

1995 Land purchased allowing relocation of solvent recovery site from Newbury to Membury

1999 Purchase of WWII Type 2 aircraft hangar at Membury for increased storage capacity.

2002 Accredited to BS14001

2006 Further land purchased at Membury increasing the site to over 12 acres.

2008 Further 13,000 sq ft warehouse construction

2012 New office & laboratory complex completed.

2013 Workshop expansion completed.


manuafcturing facility