Elementis plc (LSE: ELM) is one of the UK's largest speciality chemicals business.

It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.

The company was founded in Liverpool in 1844 as Harrisons and Crosfield by Daniel Harrison, Smith Harrison and Joseph Crosfield to trade in tea and coffee.

In 1903 it diversified into operating rubber plantations in the far east.

In 1947 it established a joint venture with Durham Chemicals and in 1973 acquired British Chrome & Chemicals.

In 1982 it sold its Malaysian plantations and in 1994 it sold its Indonesian plantations: these business have since been absorbed into Sime Darby and London Sumatra respectively.

In 1998 it changed its name to Elementis plc and acquired Rheox, a speciality chemicals business and in 2002 it acquired Oxychem's chromium chemicals business.

Source: Wikipedia