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Briar Chemicals welcomed Clive Lewis, MP for Norwich South, to their manufacturing site to find out more about how the Company generates substantial added value for the UK and global economy.

Briar Chemicals delivers contract and custom manufacturing solutions to world-leading companies in the crop protection, fine and speciality chemical sectors. The chemical and pharmaceutical industry is the UK’s number one manufacturing export earner.

The products made on behalf of our customers help to protect a wide range of crops, increase farmers’ yields in challenging climates, prevent diseases in cattle and sheep, and are key building blocks in the leather, textile and plastics sectors.

Whilst touring the site, Clive Lewis MP visited one of the production plant control rooms, monitored 24 hours a day by a team of operators.

Clive Lewis, MP visits Briar Chemicals manufacturing site
Briar Chemicals’ production operators with Clive Lewis, MP for Norwich South

This year, Briar Chemicals celebrates 60 years’ of production on the site. In 1956 by May and Baker established a new manufacturing plant in Norwich, on the 46 hectares (114 acres) site that Briar Chemicals occupies today.

Tim Green, Briar Chemicals site manager, said:

We are delighted to welcome Mr Lewis to our site to show him around the facility. It is important for us, as an established business in the local area, to know that we are receiving support from our local MP.

“We are proud of our heritage, our staff and the positive work we do in the community.”

Clive Lewis, MP visits Briar Chemicals manufacturing site
Clive Lewis, MP for Norwich South visits Briar Chemicals manufacturing site 

Briar Chemicals plays a pivotal role within the community, employing 220 people, supporting local schools with its education programme, sponsoring the local arts and science festivals and offering careers advice to the future generation of scientists.

As Briar Chemicals reached its fourth anniversary of operating as an independent business earlier in the year, it looks to the future. Tim Green added:

“We are focused on continued investment in our employees and manufacturing assets to support growth through new business opportunities”.