News Sponsored by ESP joins Lucart Group

Essential Supply Products Ltd (ESP) has been acquired by Lucart S.p.A, the operational holding company of the Lucart Group.

The acquisition, which was completed on Friday 26 February 2021, will see ESP become part of one of Europe’s largest tissue producers for the ‘away from home’ market.

Carl Theakston, who founded ESP in 1989, couldn’t be happier with the transaction. He explained: “After over 30 years, ESP is like one of my children so it was important to choose the right company to look after it. This transaction offers job security for all 85 staff and provides them with fantastic opportunities.

“For our customers, we will now have access to sustainable paper from multiple paper mills, which will further enhance our quality and consistency. I am proud of how far we have come alone and now incredibly excited about what we can achieve as part of the second biggest ‘away from home’ manufacturer in Europe.”

Lucart already has nine locations across Europe, but this will see them fully integrate into the UK market for the first time. Some key facts about Lucart include:

Wipe away infection risk

Skin health and surface hygiene expert GOJO Industries- Europe has extended its PURELL surface range with the addition of two new products, to help businesses keep their spaces hygienically clean and healthy.

The portfolio also has a new look, with the yellow packaging replaced with blue trigger handles, lids and labels, bringing them into line with PURELL’s market- leading hand hygiene range.

Added to the portfolio of PURELL Surface Sanitising Spray and Wipes are a bucket of wipes and a 5L jug. The bucket holds 450 wipes, ideal for large surfaces and intensive use, whilst the 5L jug is designed to refill the 750ml trigger spray bottles, making it a more sustainable purchase.

Fast acting and with high antimicrobial efficacy, PURELL surface sanitising products can be used with complete confidence in a variety of settings and sectors. They are compatible with most smooth surfaces such as desks, tables, toys, fitness equipment, and worktops. Bactericidal, fungicidal and virucidal, they come ready-to-use with no rinse required.

Last year, PURELL Advanced Hygienic Hand Rub and its Surface Spray and Wipes were tested against Coronavirus (BVOC surrogate virus), passing the EN 14476 standard with a contact time of just 30 seconds. The Surface range has also been tested specifically on Salmonella, Campylobacter, Listeria, and yeast, and conforms to the international

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It was founded in Italy in 1953, with headquarters in Lucca, Tuscany.

It has 12 paper mills and more than 55 converting lines located in Italy, France, Hungary, Spain and now the UK.

It employs 1685 staff. • Has an estimated turnover of £575m.

Francesco Pasquini, Lucart’s Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, stated: “The initial priority of Lucart Group is to support the ESP management team, ensure continuity for all ESP customers, and gradually introduce in the British market the unique innovations that characterise the Lucart international offer.”

Craig Williams, ESP Sales Director, added: “This is a really exciting time in the development of ESP. The DNA of ESP will remain the same, but being part of such a large group will also bring many exciting opportunities. This will ensure we can meet the needs of every distributor in the UK, no matter how big or small.”

Any customers with questions are urged to contact their account manager.

food taint testing standard EN 4120:2007. This provides assurance that they are safe for use in food environments.

Chris Wakefield, Managing Director UK & Ireland at GOJO Industries-Europe, commented: “The PURELL focus on ‘formulation without compromise’ is all about striking the perfect balance of efficacy and safety, which helps us to fulfill the GOJO purpose of saving lives and making life better through wellbeing solutions.

“As society begins to reopen, employing effective sanitising and hygiene products will be crucial to keep spaces clean and COVID-secure, regardless of industry. Built on decades of scientific innovation and proven to work by independent testing, the PURELL brand can be trusted to safely and effectively eliminate germs and viruses.”


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