ABOUT US

We are chemical specialists who thrive on a challenge and are always open to talking about your project.

Our team

At Rutpen we have a highly experienced team of chemical specialists, with knowledge developed from almost 50 years of operating in this industry. Our large and diverse client base has been grown from a desire to solve complex chemical-related problems.

Our skills are right across our core areas of Contract Manufacturing, Toll Blending and Solvent Recycling, including: technical, manufacturing, warehousing and logistics. This is all underpinned with a strong belief in quality management, great service, the importance of confidentiality and a genuine care for our impact on the environment.

Our History

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, Rutpen has never lost sight of the original aims; to provide the chemical industry with a high quality, confidential service without compromise.

Rutpen’s Timeline

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, renovated and fitted out.

1987

Accredited to ISO 9001.

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

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

2006

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

2008

Further 13,000 square ft warehouse construction.

2012

New office and laboratory complex completed.

2013

Workshop expansion completed.

2017

Major solvent recovery investment.
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