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12th March 2015

Thinner, tougher and now even stronger.

Glassflake Ltd, the company with over 30 years' experiencein developing innovative glass flake products, is delighted to announce that it has joined forces with Sibelco UK Ltd, international supplier of advanced industrial minerals, with Sibelco taking a 25.1% shareholding in Glassflake.

The move will see both businesses working together, to further develop glass flake technology, in particular converting this work to commercial products and scalable manufacturing.

Glassflake Ltd manufactures and supplies functional products globally to the coatings, pigments and polymer sectors. These products consist of micro-sized glass flakes, ranging from 7 microns in thickness to an industry leading, incredibly thin 100 nanometers. The Leeds-based company's novel manufacturing technique ensures consistency of flake, resulting in improved properties including mechanical, chemical, UV light and permeation resistance. Glassflake are recognised for enhancing product performance in a wide variety of materials - an accolade they hold in high regard. This has seen them form interests in highly technical applications, from improving tyre performance to enhancing fire resistance in aircraft carpets. Glassflake is also utilised as a market changing substrate for effect pigments that are used in cosmetics, as well as industrial applications such as automotive paint finishes.

Sibelco, has 214 operational sites in 43 countries across the world. They supply minerals to a diverse range of customers in glass, ceramics, construction, engineering, metallurgical casting, oil/gas recovery and environmental protection. Sibelco recognised the innovative technology, processes and market potential of Glassflake's products, including the effect pigments brand, Moonshine®.

The venture signals the start of a new period of growth for Glassflake's innovative products. Charles Watkinson, Chief Executive at Glassflake said: "Our glass flakes set the benchmark, our technique in creating them improves performance – that is a fact and we are delighted to have the support of Sibelco sharing our vision in research, development and taking product to market."


6th October 2014

Due to ever increasing demand and as part of Glassflake's ongoing dedication to innovation and expansion we have now built a brand new production area at our existing facility in Leeds, United Kingdom. This new production area is also home to our new state of the art production line, adding existing capacity to our glass flake production including ultra-thin glass flakes.

In addition to the new production area, we have also acquired a 1600m2 unit adjacent to our existing facility in Leeds, which will be utilised in a planned future expansion. This expansion will include additional glass flake production, particle size characterisation and new QA and Research and Development facilities. The investment in the new facility demonstrates Glassflake's commitment to the ongoing strategic development of glass flake technologies, and glass innovation.

27th March 2014

Glassflake is happy to announce a new distribution partnership with The Cary Company who have been operating since 1895. Today, The Cary Company is proud to represent an unparalleled list of distinguished suppliers, recognized leaders in their respective fields, and which collectively serve such industries as paint and coatings, adhesives, asphalt, automotive, building, chemical, electronics, flooring, food, foundries, graphic arts, printing inks, oil and grease, paper, plastics, pharmaceuticals, putty, caulks, sealants, rubber, detergents and wallpaper. The Cary Company, based in Addison, IL, will be representing Glassflake in the US and will be distributing both glass flake material and Moonshine pigments for industrial applications.

4th April 2014

Glassflake is delighted to announce a new distribution partnership with Worlée for its Moonshine® effect pigments range. This agreement will cover both the industrial and cosmetic markets in Germany.

Worlée, headquartered in Hamburg, can look back on 160 years of solid and continuous growth basing its success on developing an in-depth understanding of their customers' needs and tailoring its product range to meet those requirements.

Worlée for industrial applications can be contacted on 49 (0) 40-7 33 33-2500 or via email (

Worlée for cosmetic applications can be contacted on Tel. 49(0)40-7 33 33-0 or via email (

11th October 2013

Glassflake was represented at the Abrafati Brazil coatings show, held in Sao Paulo 16-18 September, by our Brazilian distributor Adexim Comexim. A member of Glassflake' Sales and Marketing team was present on the impressive stand to assist with the large number of enquiries. The show was well attended and we enjoyed a great deal of interest in both our Glassflake and Moonshine borosilicate effect pigment product ranges. The Brazilian market is a key growth area and is part of our growing success

23rd September 2013

Glassflake was represented by our Turkish distributor Omnis Kompozit at the Turkcoat Coatings Show Eurasia 2013, held in Istanbul from 12-14 September. The objective of the exhibition was to present the Glassflake and Moonshine effect pigment product ranges to the Turkish coatings and paints markets and we were very pleased with the outcome. Both, the Glassflake borosilicate and Moonshine borosilicate effect pigment product ranges attracted a lot of attention, and the event also gave us the opportunity to touch base with our existing customers.

During the Exhibition Glassflake also conducted a technical workshop on the benefits of using borosilicate glass flakes in coatings, with particular focus on the anti-corrosion protection glass flakes impart within a system. This event enjoyed a lot of interest with visitors from all over the world attending.