A CROSS Hills-based chemical group has bought another company as it continues to develop its portfolio of expertise.

Airedale Chemical Holdings Group has acquired Alutech, a metal surface treatment company.

Chris Chadwick, chief executive officer of Airedale Chemical Holdings Group, said the move was “an important step” as part of diversification into new markets.

He added: “Over the past five years we’ve been identifying and acquiring businesses that have reshaped our profile.

“We are building a portfolio of companies that have their own specialisms but which complement each other and the group’s offering.

“Purchasing Alutech has been an important step in diversifying into fresh markets, acquiring new technologies and increasing our order books with additional revenue.

“The Alutech team has established a fantastic reputation across the industry, which we aim to maintain going forward. We’ve enjoyed a relationship with them for over 20 years and are looking forward to continuing working with them in the immediate term to ensure continuity of service for its loyal customers.

“The current Alutech team retains invaluable and specialist experience to the business which we’re hoping will enhance and complement the expertise of our group.”

Airedale Chemical Holdings Group incorporates Airedale Chemical, the manufacturing and distribution specialist; Airedale Solutions, which provides small-pack chemical filling, and the food and beverage ingredient distributor Rigest.

Alutech specialises in a wide range of metal treatment chemical solutions.