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Surfachem’s Pharmaceutical division offers a range of high quality active pharmaceutical ingredients, excipients and specialist polymers to pharmaceutical, biotech, chemical and drug discovery companies to meet their formulation requirements and manufacturing timelines.


We support our customers' R&D and product development teams throughout their projects, supplying not only products but ideas and information on market trends to create a competitive edge for their formulations. We strive to consistently ensure that the products we supply are manufactured, packed and handled in accordance with EU GMP, FDA and latest ICH Q7 guidelines, comply to latest EP/BP/USP monographs and are accompanied by all relevant documentation.

Surfachem is ISO 9001:2008 certified and ESAD assessed and our QMS system/warehouse is regularly audited by pharmaceutical companies. We are a fully participating member of the Chemical Business Association (CBA) Responsible Care scheme.

Our product ranges for solid dose, liquid dose and topical creams/lotions include:

  • Active pharmaceutical ingredients
  • Film coatings
  • Pharmaceutical excipients
  • Emulsifiers and surfactants
  • Lactose
  • Flavours
  • Speciality polymers
  • Carbopols

We are proud to represent some of the leading manufacturers in the industry, such as:

  • Kerry Ingredients
  • Lubrizol
  • Evonik
  • Stepan
  • AAK
  • Salicylates and Chemicals

R&D and legislative support for your business

We offer full technical support throughout various stages of your new product development. Surfachem has invested heavily in technical and regulatory support to its business partners: R&D laboratory in San-Paolo, Brazil and the world class technical laboratory within the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre at the University of Huddersfield, UK, offer extensive formulation support to global customers.

We not only source and supply quality pharmaceutical ingredients to meet your bespoke formulation requirements, but also offer ideas and information on market trends to create a competitive edge for your formulations.

Profit through knowledge: catalysts for success

Surfachem Group is one of the leading distributors of speciality chemicals and pharmaceutical ingredients. Surfachem is headquartered in Leeds, UK, with distribution centres in Brazil, Poland, Scandinavia and Benelux. Founded in 1981, Surfachem and its subsidiaries have grown to be one of the truly global distributors of chemicals, delivering quality ingredients to customers in more than 100 countries.

We're the place to go for technical knowledge, market expertise and product insights. We help ambitious businesses overcome hurdles and maximise opportunities by understanding their business, solving their problems and sharing intelligence about tomorrow's opportunities.

Whether we're talking to one of our customers or principals our ethos is always the same: getting to know the businesses we work with so we understand how they work, what they need and where they want to be.

Through a personal approach, we build strong relationships so we can provide an exceptional, tailored service and help all our partners use chemical distribution to power greater success.

Surfachem is part of 2M Holdings, a portfolio of branded companies in chemical distribution and the related chemical services of samples management, storage and blending. Founded in 2004, 2M Holdings is a wholly owned private company, headquartered in the UK and with international presence in countries including Brazil, China, Benelux, Ireland, Poland, Scandinavia and the UK. 2M holdings is a member of the FECC, CBA and Omni-Chem 136.

Our Values


Be the expert. We understand our customers and our market. We freely share this market knowledge with our customers and principals. We keep abreast of new thinking.


We hold ourselves and each other accountable. We take responsibility for what we do, and for each other. We don’t just push the boundaries of legislation. We consider sustainability for all.


Ourselves, our colleagues, our customers and our principals. We treat each other as equals. We share ideas and listen to other people's points of view.


We think differently and creatively. We build on each others’ ideas and use our expertise to think about better ways of doing things for us, for our customers and for our principals.

FunctionProduct GroupSurfachem Offer
ActivesAPIsVarious APIS accompanied with DMF/CEPs
Polymers for oral applicationsRheology modifiers, binders and sustained release polymersCARBOPOL range – 71GNF, 971 PNF, 974 PNF. NOVEON AA-1 USP
Polymers for topical applicationsRheology modifiers, emulsifiersCARBOPOL, PEMULEN ranges and NOVEON AA-1 USP
ExcipientLactoseLactose monohydrate, Lactose Anhydrous, Spray Dried
Microcrystalline CelluloseMCC 101, MCC 102
Co-processed excipientsLUBRITOSE, DISINTEQUICK
DisintegrantsCroscarmellose Sodium, Crospovidone
Base for liquid dosageWhite Oil Light and Heavy, Petrolatum
CoatingsPre-mixed film coatingsClear, colour and enteric tablet coatings
HPMCVarious viscosities
EmulsifiersFatty AlcoholsSURFAC CS/BP, SURFAC Cetyl Alcohol EP, SWBP
Polymeric EmulsifierPEMULEN range
LubricantsStearatesMagnesium Stearate, Calcium Stearate
Natural OilsRefined Pharmaceutical GradeArachis oil, olive oil & almond oil
PreservativesSynthetic & NaturalParabens, natural preservatives
FlavoursLiquid and Powder FlavoursRange of artificial & natural food grade and pharmaceutical flavours & flavour modulators
Menthol DerivativesMentholMenthol Crystals, Peppermint Oil, Eucalyptus Oil
AbrasivesSilicasSelection of SORBOSIL silicas