Essentra - The Essential Enablers

Essentra, an abstract name, was specifically chosen to capture what each of our businesses, including Alliance, Reid Supply and Richco, manufactures and supplies; namely millions of small but essential components which often play a critical enabling role in the products of our customers, everywhere and every day.

As part of its Vision 2015 strategy, Essentra is rebranding our components distribution businesses under one name, Essentra Components. For the Americas, we are combining the outstanding products and services of three companies into one:

Alliance ( – Manufactures and distributes excellent products like access hardware, casters, leveling mounts, bumpers and feet, tube insert glides and caps, wire management, cable ties, circuit board hardware, fasteners, masking, pipe and flange, caps, plugs and netting, and hose protection.

Reid Supply ( – Industrial distributor of a wide range of products including knobs, handles and hand wheels, clamps and workholding, tooling components, fasteners and hardware, leveling devices and vibration control, material handling, bearings and power transmission, metalworking, tools, maintenance and shop supplies, pneumatics and hydraulics, structural systems and safety.

Richco ( – Manufactures and distributes engineered components including circuit board hardware, card guides and pullers, rivets, screws, washers and nuts, motion control, bumpers and feet, fan accessories, LED hardware, insulators, cable ties and accessories, cable management, fiber management, grommets, bushings, plugs and cable glands, and leveling mounts, tube inserts and casters.

By combining these three essential components companies into one, we will provide our customers with outstanding benefits including:

  • Over One Billion Parts In Stock
  • 11 Regional Distribution Centers
  • Same Day Shipping
  • Free Samples
  • Free CAD Drawings


A leading international supplier of speciality plastic, fibre, foam & packaging components

About Essentra plc

Essentra plc is a FTSE 250 company and a leading international supplier of speciality plastic, fibre, foam and packaging products. Through its four principal operating divisions, Essentra focuses on the light manufacture and distribution of high volume, essential components which serve customers in a wide variety of end-markets and geographies.

Component & Protection Solutions

The Components business is a global market leading manufacturer and distributor of plastic injection moulded, vinyl dip moulded and metal items. Operating units in 26 countries serve a very broad industrial base of customers with a rapid supply of primarily plastic products for a variety of applications in industries such as equipment manufacturing, automotive, fabrication, electronics and construction.

The Pipe Protection Technologies business specialises in the manufacture of high performance innovative products from commodity resins to engineering-grade thermoplastics and polymer alloys for use in a range of end-markets. Locations in four countries, combined with a wide distributor network, serve customers around the world.

Porous Technologies

A global market leading developer and manufacturer of custom fluid handling components, engineered from a portfolio of technologies that includes bonded and non-woven fibre, polyurethane foam and porous plastic. Representing leading innovations used in healthcare, consumer and industrial applications, its enabling components are found in a wide range of products from medical diagnostics tests to advanced wound care pads, inkjet printer cartridges, writing instruments, clean room wipes and air fresheners. Customers in over 56 countries are served from six manufacturing facilities with research and development centres supporting the division globally.

Packaging & Securing Solutions

A leading global provider of packaging and securing solutions to a diversified blue-chip customer base. The division focuses on delivering value adding innovation, quality and service to customers through a range of cartons, tapes, leaflets, foils and labels for the healthcare, consumer and specialist packaging, point of sale and paper & board industries. The division is also a leading supplier of authentication technologies and identity solutions. Customers in over 100 countries are served from facilities operating in ten countries.

Filter Products

The only global independent cigarette filter supplier. The eight worldwide locations, including a UK-based research facility and three regional development centres provide a flexible infrastructure strategically positioned to serve the tobacco industry. The division supplies a wide range of value adding high quality innovative filters, packaging solutions to the roll your own sector and analytical laboratory services for ingredient measurement for the industry.


The Extrusion business is a leading custom profile extruder located in The Netherlands and offers a complete design and production service. One of the first companies to extrude plastics in 1956, it is now one of Europe’s most advanced suppliers of co-extrusions and tri-extrusions to all branches of industry.

Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Essentra’s global network extends to 33 countries and includes c. 5,700 employees, 42 principal manufacturing facilities, 64 sales & distribution operations and 5 research & development centres.


Essentra plc

Joanna Speed, Corporate Affairs Director

Tel: +44 (0)1908 359100


Richard Oldworth

Jeremy Garcia

Tel: +44 (0)20 7466 5000