Rakem September 2019 Press Release


Rakem are excited to start preparations for SURFEX 2020. A proud supporter of the event for over ten years, the team are excited to be back at the Ricoh Arena in June.

As a family run business, Kevin, Eugene and Kieran Rafferty have established a successful reputation throughout the industry. Recently they are joined by the third generation and founder Frank Rafferty’s grandchildren, Caitlin and Dayna. Keeping the ethos of a family business whilst expanding into a group of companies, specialising in the coatings industry, Rakem has gone through significant change since SURFEX 2018. Rakem operates from Bury, Lancashire where it now has a dedicated team of research and development chemists. Working from their state on the art laboratories, the team provides technical support for customers and in house testing of raw materials and formulations.

Experienced distributors of raw materials to the coatings industry, both the sales and technical team will be on hand to provide information on products and solutions to the industries common problems.

Recently Rakem became CLiQ Swisstech’s official UK distributor. Rakem’s portfolio is always expanding to ensure they supply the ‘Perfect Mix’ of raw materials to the coatings industry. CLiQ have some very innovate products for the market, including high quality dispersing agents and rheological additives.

Experts in titanium dioxide and functional additives for the coatings market, the team will be promoting their Venators grades. The technical team have been working on formulations using our titanium dioxide and blanc fixe. These formulations will provide solutions for customers to both improve opacity and brightness. SURFEX will be the perfect opportunity for Rakem to launch their product videos and showcase grade comparisons. There will be focus on new pigments from Venator, including Altiris, a solar reflecting pigment, perfect for surface coatings. The pigment improves the thermal stability of both coatings and plastics.

The Rakem team look forward to welcoming both existing customers and new visitors to the stand. Each show visitors look forward to their stand entertainment, from their ice cream machine to their ‘Perfect Mix’ sweet stand. The team are known for balancing technical advice and support with fun and familiarity. Last year, Rakem’s Perfect Mix cocktail hour was well received by everyone from customers to competitors! Follow Rakem on social media for updates on their plans for 2020!