Who We Are

Blackburn Chemicals is a family run business that is recognised worldwide for our high performance, scientifically formulated antifoaming solutions, provided to a diverse range of industries.

From left to right - Steven Lamb, Amanda Holt, Brian Lamb, Philip Lamb. 1991
What We Do

Providing First Class Foam Control Agents

Here at  Blackburn Chemicals, we specialise in producing foam controls solutions for a diverse range of industries, allowing us to dominate the market. We export our products on a worldwide basis and our trade name, Dispelair™, is synonymous with quality and technical excellence.

We have over 280 Dispelair™ Foam Control Agents in active production, suitable for a wide variety of industry applications. Our research and development team are continuously working to improve all of our products to perfection.

We’re proud to be renowned for our expertise throughout the whole company. All of our employees are dedicated to providing both new and existing customers with top quality products and services – something we have strived to achieve, and improve on, since our formation almost 50 years ago.

  • Over 40 years of technical excellence
  • Tailor made products for your industry
  • Producing over 40,000 tonnes/year

Blackburn Chemicals’ Philosophy

All six of the Founders children helped the company to become established. In the year 1997, the youngest son, Steven took over as Managing Director and masterminded the significant expansion of the company which took place during the following 20 years.

John Covill – the current Managing Director – has been with the company since graduating from the University of Newcastle in 1984, working as a development chemist, Production Manager, Sales Manager, and becoming Managing Director in 2016. The family connection continues with three of the Founders Grandchildren currently holding responsible positions within the company. All shares in the company are owned by the Family Lamb Trust.

Our philosophy is refreshingly simple: to produce the best products on the market and support this with outstanding technical sales and customer support teams.

We aim to remain an independent, family-owned company and to continue to produce the best foam control products possible for our customers, as we have for over 4 decades. Customer satisfaction is of the utmost importance to us, which is why our research and development team work closely with our customers to ensure our products are meeting their requirements.

We’re focused and specialised in foam-control with an emphasis on technical development, which will enable us to continue to expand to further applications for foam control.

  • Leverage our knowledge from different areas to improve products across all industries
  • Our R&D staff work closely together with our customers
  • Around 20% of our staff are active in our R&D Lab
  • Cover all applications for Foam Control
About Us

Small Enough To Care. Big Enough To Lead.

We’re big enough to accommodate multiple businesses’ needs, on a global scale but small enough to provide a personal service and care about our customers. Being an independent family-owned company allows us to make long term business decisions for the benefit of our customers and not short term business decisions for the benefit of unknown shareholders.

No company can be successful without a good team spirit and Blackburn Chemicals is no exception to this rule. All members of the team attend regular company meetings, chaired by each employee in turn. This forward-thinking approach ensures all staff are involved in shaping the company’s future, which contributes to our extremely low staff turnover.

47 Years Of Technical Excellence & Growth

  • 1970'S
    1972

    Founded by George Lamb

  • 1970'S
    1975

    Moved to Current Location – Whitebirk Industrial Estate

  • 1980'S
    1980

    First Export to Europe

  • 1980'S
    1981

    First Factory Extension

  • 1980'S
    1986

    First Export to Asia

  • 1990'S
    1992

    Second Factory Extension

  • 1990'S
    1993

    First Export to North America

  • 1990'S
    1995

    First Export to South America

  • 1990'S
    1996

    Sales Reach 10,000T for First Time

  • 1990'S
    1998

    Steven Lamb Becomes Managing Director

  • 1990'S
    1998

    First Export to Africa

  • 2000'S
    2004

    Third Factory Extension (Includes New R&D Laboratory)

  • 2000'S
    2008

    Sales Reach 20,000T for First Time

  • 2000'S
    2009-2012

    New Food Product Factory & Warehouses Built

  • 2010'S
    2011

    Sales Reach 30,000T for First Time

  • 2010'S
    2016

    John Covill Becomes Managing Director

  • 2010'S
    2018

    Sales Reach 40,000T For First Time

We’ll Find The Right Product For You

We can help you find the Foam Control Agent that meets your exact requirements. Follow the link below and fill out a Product Information Request and a member of our experienced team will provide you with the product for you.

Whitebirk Industrial Estate,
Blackburn, Lancashire,
BB1 5SX, England
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