United Initiators

​United Initiators is the largest focused global producer of speciality chemical initiators. The business manufactures chemical compounds that are used as initiators in polymer manufacturing and processing as well as non-polymer applications.

​Founded in 1911, United Initiators’ products comprise organic peroxides, persulfates and speciality chemicals, which have a wide range of applications including the production of acrylics and latex polymers, paint, plastics, bleaching agents, denture cleaners, teeth whiteners and disinfectants.

As a global manufacturer and distributor with seven sites across Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region, the business has increased proximity to its worldwide customer base, while at the same time minimising the challenges and costs of distributing temperature-sensitive, unstable peroxides and persulfates.

United Initiators has a reputation with its customers for strong technological know-how and reliable high quality products, supported by 600 full-time employees across its locations. Furthermore, the business has demonstrated an excellent environmental and security track record.

Investment Date

Sep 2016



Business Description

Specialty Chemicals

Revenue at ACQ.


Employees at ACQ.


Investment Type

Secondary MBO

We are really looking forward to the partnership with Equistone, a capital-strong, experienced and successful mid-market investor. Together we can build on the strong foundations we have in place, achieve further expansion in our core Western and Asian markets, as well as extend our product and application range.