The Wynnstay Group has acquired HELM GB Fertilisers (HGBF), the UK fertiliser assets of the German multinational chemicals group. It is Wynnstay’s second acquisition in a month – it has now completed the purchase of Armstrong Richardson’s Agri division – with both deals growing the Group’s presence in the eastern side of the UK where it is less established.
HGBF is based at the inland Port of Howden on the River Ouse near Goole in East Yorkshire, where it imports, blends and distributes blended fertilisers. The €5 billion Helm Group operates in chemicals, pharmaceuticals and fertilisers – it is one of the largest fertiliser distributors in North America.
From March 1st, HGBF will operate as part of Wynnstay’s Glasson Fertiliser subsidiary, complementing Glasson’s existing production facilities at Winmarleigh, Goole, Montrose and Birkenhead, allowing a good geographical coverage of most of the UK fertiliser market.
“This is a further step in our strategy to increase the scale of our fertiliser business and ensure that we can offer an efficient and effective service to our customers,” says Glasson Fertiliser director Robert Ingham. “The HGBF team will benefit from strong synergies with the existing fertiliser blending and trading activities at Glasson.”
The AR Agri move, first announced in mid-February, adds to Wynnstay’s seed, fertiliser, feed and grain trading business, and extends its trading area into the North East region. The existing team, under Wynnstay ownership, will continue to work from the AR head office in Stokesley.
“These are highly complementary acquisitions, which expand our presence on the eastern side of the country, and add modern blended-fertiliser production facilities,” states Wynnstay Group chief executive Gareth Davies. “They bring new customers to the Group and staff with significant experience and local knowledge. We are delighted to welcome them to Wynnstay and look forward to working with them to develop the opportunities ahead.”