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


Rutpen Ltd established by David Whittle on the outskirts of Reading.


Additional premises in Newbury & Reading.


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


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


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


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


Accredited to ISO 9001.


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


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


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


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


Further 13,000 square ft warehouse construction.


New office and laboratory complex completed.


Workshop expansion completed.


Major solvent recovery investment.


Rutpen acquire Walsall Chemicals and the Core Product Range.  For more information please contact Jim McCartney now via jim@rutpen.co.uk


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