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Carbosynth acquires PhosphonicS

Carbosynth Holdings Limited is pleased to announce the successful acquisition of PhosphonicS Ltd. The acquisition strengthens and broadens Carbosynth's portfolio to include aninnovative scavenger technology for the pharmaceutical and other industries where the recovery and removal of platinum group metals is crucial.


PhosphonicS Ltd is a privately owned company which provides novel functionalized silica products for use in a wide range of industrial products and processes. From its world leading range of metal scavengers for the pharmaceutical industry,widely recognised as the best in the industry, through its solutions for precious metal recovery in the chemical and mining refining industries the company is able to deliver real sustainable value to a growing global customer base.The company has a strong pipeline of new innovative products and technology and is therefore well positioned to continue to grow in future.

 Vanessa Eastwick-Field, Managing Director of Carbosynth said:

“The purchase of PhosphonicS fits well into the pharmaceutical customer base of Carbosynth where the removal of post-reaction metal residues has become a major issue in the drug industry. PhosphonicS scavengers take the industry to a new level in the purification of APIs by avoiding expensive, low efficiency, time-wasting and high costs of methods which have traditionally been used to eliminate unwanted products – e.g.chromatography, activated carbonetc. In addition to this the acquisition introduces new challenges for us in the chemical and mining industries where the recovery of precious metals is important for the economy of operations,the reduction of environmental issues and the saving of valuable and rare resources otherwise wasted. Our presence in North America, Europe, India and China will provide a solid base to develop the markets for this innovative technology.”

 Linda Bell, former CEO of PhosphonicS Ltd commented:

“The bringing together of Carbosynth’s strong global market position in the pharmaceutical industry with the PhosphonicS range of  products and services for use at every stage in the drug development cycle, from discovery to full scale manufacture, presents an exciting opportunity for the strengthening of both businesses going forward. The combined company will provide a much broader offer to key players in the pharmaceutical industry. The combination of PhosphonicS emerging position in the important Chinese market will complement Carbosynth’s established operations in Suzhouand Jinan and this will accelerate the adoption of PhosphonicS world leading scavenging technology for both pharmaceutical and recovery applications in this fast growing market. I am delighted that PhosphonicS has found such a good partner to take it to the next stage of its development.”

 For more information please contact 

Vanessa Eastwick-Field at Carbosynth Limited

Tel. +44 1635578444   Email. vanessa.eastwick-field@carbosynth.com or sales@carbosynth.com

Metal removal for the Pharmaceuticals industry Pharmaceuticals

Transition metal catalysts, especially those based on palladium, are widely used in the pharmaceutical industry.

The effective removal of unwanted traces of these metals improves the success rate of meeting stringent regulatory compliance requirements and accelerates drug development through all stages from discovery to full commercialisation.

Metal recovery in the chemical industryChemicals

Chemical manufacturers face ever increasing pressure both to improve financial returns and reduce the environmental impact of their operations.

The effective recovery of value from spent precious metal catalysts present in waste streams helps these manufacturers to achieve both objectives by generating additional value and reducing waste.

Metal recovery for Mining Refineries Mining Refineries

The precious metal refining industry uses well established processes for extracting almost all of the PGMs present in mining ores. However, even these processes leave residual concentrations of PGMs in their end-of-line barrens streams.

The capture of the remaining PGMs present in such streams generates much needed additional revenue for these refineries.

Metal Recovery & Recycling Metal Recovery & Recycling

The widespread use of precious metals in a range of industrial processes has generated a thriving refining industry focused on the recovery of such metals from the waste from these industries.

The opportunity to release additional value from dilute waste streams from these processes helps to strengthen this industry further.

Metal recovery in the Electronics industry Electronics

The unique properties of certain precious metals has led to their widespread use in the production of high volume, high performance electronics components. In many cases, such processes generate high volumes of dilute waste streams containing significant amounts of precious metals which are not easily concentrated for use in conventional recycling processes.

Significant extra value can be unlocked from recovered precious metal waste streams thereby improving overall efficiency and reducing product costs further in a highly cost sensitive industry.

Metal removal in the Natural Extracts industry Natural Extracts

The boom in demand for natural extracts for medicinal and nutritional use has been limited by the presence of heavy metals in some plant and animal extracts often used in traditional medicines.

The effective removal of such heavy metals from these products enables producers to meet demanding regulatory standards thereby opening up new market opportunities.