Biochemica makes a splash with appointment of new MD

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Tees-based water and wastewater treatment specialist, Biochemica Group, has appointed a new managing director as part of its ambitious growth strategy.

The Billingham-headquartered company, which counts major blue chip companies across a variety of sectors including food and beverage, petro-chemical, pharmaceutical and utilities among its most prestigious clients, recorded a turnover of £6m, up 23% on the previous year.

Off the back of this success, Biochemica, which operates internationally, has completed a group restructure and commissioned John Fraser – pictured (above, right) with CEO Dave Ruddy (left) and Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham – to help drive it forward, as it targets expansion into new industries.

Fraser has been assigned the joint roles of group MD, where his main focus is to help the board develop and implement a strategy for growth for the Biochemica Group, and MD of Biochemica Water.

He’ll be responsible for the performance of the company through the formulation and successful implementation of company policy.

Fraser said: “The group restructure is an exciting move, as under the new board we now have a structure that is robust and scalable to meet the requirements of our growth and ambition, as well as allowing more specific and tailored brands to flourish for each customer base.

“I like to think my role enables me to be the glue that holds and supports the team.”

With a background in chemical engineering, Fraser previously worked for BNFL, Bulkhaul and Nalco before joining Biochemica and is one of the 10-year-old company’s most recent additions, alongside Gary Lumby, who was appointed last year as a non-executive director.

Following a successful period of growth in 2016, Biochemica took on 11 new members of staff and six apprentices, taking its total number of employees to 52.

A number of other appointments and promotions have also been made this year.

Having already created new divisions under the group restructure, including Biochemica Leisure which supplies hot tub, spa and swimming pool chemicals and accessories to the trade, Biochemica is currently developing a strategy for the air business, as well as looking into new industries.

CEO Dave Ruddy added: “Throughout 2017 we will be focusing on securing further group deals within the food and beverage sector and the chemical industry.

“We’ll also be continuing our work exporting water treatment chemicals, particularly in BRIC countries, where there are tremendous opportunities. After successfully exporting to Bangladesh last year, we are going on a fact-finding mission to India next month to look at potential opportunities there, and we’ll continue to look at other export opportunities throughout Europe and the rest of world as the company grows.”


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