North Lincolnshire, U.K. - Birch Chemicals is said to have refreshed its packaging with a bold new design. It follows its recent rebranding from Innovo to Birch Chemicals, to reflect the company’s continued growth and plans for expansion. Now it has overhauled bags for its best-selling Innovox range, a high-performing calcium oxide desiccant which is used in a variety of applications, including EPDM rubber products, which are used in car and aeroplane manufacture. The Innovoh range of calcium hydroxide curing agents are used in FKM rubber products. Innovox is part of a range sold worldwide through a distribution network, and is a premium product which is said to deliver excellent performance, consistency and availability. The product itself will remain exactly the same; however, from June, new colors will be introduced on packaging across the range. Innovox sachets bags will remain grey, as per the existing packaging, and Innovox loose powder bags will become purple, for easy recognition. Innovoh/Innovox OH calcium hydroxide bags become blue, whether in sachets or loose powder, and the Masterox range of calcium oxides for plastic applications will be orange. The new bags also incorporate Birch Chemicals’ latest development in bag construction. The improved design is easier to open, reduces the risk of downstream contamination in processes and provides guaranteed product protection. Once opened, the bags are simply folded down and closed to protect any remaining product. Steve Foster, Birch Chemicals managing director, said: “At Birch Chemicals, we are committed to continuing to develop cutting-edge solutions for our customers. We therefore work very hard to make sure what goes into them delivers the high-quality result that the company is known for. With this new packaging, we are also demonstrating that we care just as much about what the product goes into as what goes into the product, with an improved design and easily recognizable color scheme.” 

Aqdot Appoints ChemSpec For US East Coast Distribution For AQSTAR™ M1

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UNIONTOWN, OH— Monday, March 4, 2019 - Aqdot is expanding its global network with the appointment of ChemSpec’s Cosmetics Division as its US East Coast distributor for the innovative emulsifier AqStar™ M1.

AqStar M1 is a high-performing, naturally-derived emulsifier with the formulation flexibility to create a wide variety of natural skin care formulations with distinctive aesthetics. A naturally-derived alternative to synthetic emulsifiers, AqStar M1 is ISO 16128, non-genetically modified, and 90% plant-based. It solves the formulators’ challenge: finding a high-performance emulsification system with high natural content that also have great aesthetics.

Ohio-based ChemSpec distributes specialty ingredients into the North American cosmetics market.

Tim Wright, CEO of Aqdot, said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with ChemSpec. Its experience in the sector and knowledge of the US cosmetics sector will be invaluable as we further expand the global reach of AqStar M1.”

ChemSpec’s Cosmetics Sales & Marketing Director, Marie Great, said: “AqStar M1 is a great, green ingredient addition to our cosmetics portfolio.”

AqStar M1 has been awarded a Cradle to Cradle® Platinum level Material Health Certificate (MHC). The MHC, issued by the Cradle to Cradle® Products Innovation Institute, uses the material health assessment methodology of the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard to demonstrate that companies know the chemical ingredients of every material in a product and optimise towards safer materials. The Platinum level of certification represents the highest level of the Material Health Certificate.

The Cosmetics Division will be representing Aqdot at the annual NYSCC Suppliers’ Day show at Javits Center, New York on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 through Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Stop by their booth, #544, and speak with Marie or Technical Sales Manager, Michelle Barsoum, for technical and sales support. For additional information, contact Marie Graet for ChemSpec at email: or visit website:; or contact Caroline Walker for Aqdot on +44 (0) 1325 363436 or visit website:

ChemSpec's Law & Marketing Director Presenting at SRG Winter Meeting

ChemSpec's Law & Marketing Director Presenting at SRG Winter Meeting

GREENVILLE, SC—ChemSpec’s Chris Wagner will be presenting on “Business Ethics and the Law” during the Southern Rubber Group’s (“SRG”) Winter Technical Meetings. Chris’ discussion will occur during the SRG’s morning session, on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

ChemSpec Announces Annual 2018 IEC Conference After-Show Party

ChemSpec 2018 International Elastomer Conference After Show Party Invite

This year's annual International Elastomer Conference at the Kentucky International Convention Center from October 9 - 11, 2018 is a perfect time for ChemSpec's sales team to engage customers and suppliers with our annual "After-Show Party". 

The ChemSpec and Performance Additives teams invite everyone to have a "good ole time" with us at  Copper and Kings American Brandy Distillery, 1121 E. Washington Street, Louisville, KY on Tuesday, October 9 2018 from 6:30pm - 11:00pm. 

We will have food, drinks and a live band.  Please RSVP by 10.01.2018 to Hanah Moreland at

ChemSpec's 5th Annual 2018 Team Building Event

ChemSpec 2018 Team Building Event
ChemSpec's 5th Annual Team Building Video. Enjoy the images of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. We had our Q3 Sales Meeting at the Renaissance Cleveland, dinner at the Chops Restaurant, team building at Escape in 60, team building with hosts from Taste of Cleveland with Iron Chef contest, Scavenger Hunt, and ending with bowling at the Corner Alley.


UNIONTOWN, OH – October 18, 2017 – CHEMSPEC, Ltd announces Richard VanArsdalen as their newest addition to their sales & marketing team.  Rich’s job is filling a new, part-time role at ChemSpec: Marketing Support Representative.

Rich VanArsdalen graduated with honors from the University of Toledo with a B.S. degree, majoring in geology, in 1994.  Upon graduation, he entered the environmental industry where he served as assistant operations manager and project manager. 

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While in Tuscarawas County, Rich served as a plant manager for Express Packaging, Inc. and was promoted to corporate quality manager.  Rich also served on a steering committee that determined business policy, vision, and direction for Express Packaging, Inc.  After making a decision to change from the business world to pursue his true passion, Rich left the area and relocated to Cleveland, where Rich served as a Christian Church planter and life skills instructor for the Berea Children’s Home and Family Services.  Rich has now been involved in Christian counseling for over 20 years, and has spent the last ten years focusing primarily on the problem of addiction.  In January of 2016, Rich took the role as the Tuscarawas County Jail Chaplain and became a part of the Compass Center, which is a position he continues to this day. 

Marketing and Law Director, Chris Wagner, says this of Rich: “We’re excited to have someone on board here at ChemSpec with such an in-depth and diverse professional background. Rich will support much of what we do in the marketing side of ChemSpec, but he’ll also work on regulatory and laboratory matters as well. He will be a huge help, and his optimistic approach to life is a joy to be around.”

Rich, while he has taken on this new part-time position at ChemSpec, is still able to pursue his passion outside of the office and says “his desire is to help broken individuals break free from destructive lifestyles and find the true peace and freedom found in Jesus Christ.”  He is married to Kelly, and they recently celebrated over 20 wonderful years of marriage.  They and their four children:  Zeke (15), Thad (13), Eliza (11), and Addy (9) have been residents of Tuscarawas County since 2001, leaving only for three years to minister in the Cleveland area from 2005 to 2008. 

Welcome Rich!

ChemSpec's Anthony Mariniello Attends ACS' Technical Meeting

ChemSpec's Anthony Mariniello, Technical Sales Manager 

ChemSpec's Anthony Mariniello, Technical Sales Manager 

Recently ChemSpec’s Anthony Mariniello was hard at work at the 191st Technical Meeting for the American Chemical Society’s Rubber Division in Beachwood, Ohio.  Currently, Anthony serves as the Marketing Committee Chair for ACS’s Rubber Division.

ChemSpec, Ltd. has been partnering with ACS’s Rubber Division for decades.  It is an international association of chemists, engineers, technicians, scientists, plant managers, sales and marketing professionals, and others in the rubber, polymer or related fields.  Technical meetings are a way to enhance science, technology and business across the ever-changing elastomeric market through educational and empowerment activities benefiting both the professional and his or her employer.  We at ChemSpec recognize these wonderful opportunities that make our employees great professional leaders in our organization and in their communities.

Anthony has been with ChemSpec for five years, bringing a wealth of chemical application knowledge to our sales team.  Currently, Anthony is our Technical Sales Manager for the Northeast area of the United States.  You can reach Anthony at:

ChemSpec, Ltd. is a local company making a global impact.  We are a management-owned, growing specialty chemical distribution company and although a majority of our customers tend to work in the North American (United States, Canada, and Mexico) Rubber, Adhesive / Sealant, ink, and cosmetic production industries, we’ve found that our chemical additives (and specialty polymers) work well and are price competitive in many other manufacturing segments.

Our goal is to continue to develop strong partnerships with a large portfolio of products and a diverse sales team giving you many opportunities for your business to grow.  Give our experienced customer service team a call at:  800.200.4753 or visit our website at:

ChemSpec Exhibiting and Presenting at Next Week’s TechnoBiz Rubber Industry Forum (Pittsburgh, PA)

ChemSpec Exhibiting and Presenting at Next Week’s  TechnoBiz Rubber Industry Forum (Pittsburgh, PA)

UNIONTOWN, OH-- ChemSpec, Ltd is excited to announce that it is co-exhibiting along with its exclusive rubber processing additives supplier, Performance Additives, Sdn. at the TechnoBiz Rubber Industry Forum.  

Also, ChemSpec Technical Sales Manager, Anthony Mariniello, will be presenting on metal oxides in elastomer compounding during the Rubber Forum.