About ELCO

Established in 1845 with sites across Manchester for soap and other chemical production, the East Lancashire Chemical Company remains family owned and managed today.

Soda Crystal production began around 1900, and grew to become a multi hundred thousand tonne industry. Soda Crystals and Soap were the two main products employed on 'wash day'. After declining somewhat after the 50s with the advent of detergents, sales are now growing year on year as a new generation of customers appreciate their versatility, value for money, environmental credentials and ease of use with minimal health & safety implications. Our sister company Dri-Pak supplies retail packs of Soda Crystals.

Today, Soda Crystals maintain an important share of the domestic cleaning market, and their derivatives - Sodium Sesquicarbonate and Sodium Carbonate Monohydrate - are growing in volume as new markets are uncovered for these speciality products.

Our production is based in Manchester, England, and supplies are distributed all over Europe and as far afield as North America, China, South Korea, New Zealand and the Middle East.



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