Melrob supplies more than 200 chemical raw materials to 500 manufacturers in the polymers, adhesive and oil industries. The West Sussex company was founded in 1995 by Ian Melluish and Marie Roberts to supply the contact-lens and medical-device sectors. Derek Price and Tony Ball bought into the company in 2003 and 2004, respectively, contributing to its expansion into the polymer, oil and acrylic sectors. This new focus has driven growth 179% a year from £312,000 in 2002 to £6.8m in 2005. Melrob has recently opened a Tokyo office to help with expansion.
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