Following the acquisition of the Kerax business, H&R then undertook their own review of the ESP companies, which resulted in a number being put up for divestment or closure. Among them was the Chorley site, as H&R had decided that it did not form part of their future production plans. Ian Appleton was at that time an employee of BP on secondment to H&R, responsible for Europe and US businesses. Ian was chosen to lead negotiations with Paramelt who expressed an interest in buying the Chorley wax manufacturing business in 2005. The Chorley site was consequently sold to Paramelt, but due to having existing production capacity in Europe, Paramelt decided to shut the Chorley site down. It was at this point that Ian spotted an opportunity to build his own business.

The Chorley wax manufacturing and blending facility was acquired by Ian as a management buy-out in 2006. As the original company name of Kerax had not been taken up by another organization, Ian decided to return the Chorley business to its original name and set about rebuilding it. A non-compete clause which formed part of his deal with Paramelt meant that it was necessary to find alternative ways for the company to operate in new product areas. The requirement to develop brand new products was a challenge to the new business, but one which ultimately led to a much wider product portfolio.

In 2008 Ian went into negotiations with Claymore Lubricants, an oil blending company that was struggling in the climate of austerity and the growing banking crisis. Having suffered a serious fire in 2003, Claymore had lost a lot of customers during the interruption of the rebuilding process and in 2005 they had a new facility, but few customers. In 2009 they went into receivership and Ian bought the assets, deciding to make a return to his previous career in selling lubricants. In February of that year Claymore was re-branded as Euro-Oils and  began trading separately from Kerax, supplying distributors with own labels brands. By 2011 the new Euro-Oils had shown sufficient potential to justify major capital investment in the laboratory and filling lines, as well as increased storage space. The following year saw a ‘small pack’ strategy introduced, as well as heavy involvement in export to the Middle East, and by the year after that Euro-Oils had doubled its workforce and was producing over a hundred brands for sale through a variety of distribution channels.

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