We are a holding company of businesses that look to provide solutions for our partners.


Our SOLUTIONATORS service six defined markets through Carst & Walker, our speciality distribution pillar, bringing quality products, technical expertise and local inventory.

  • Adhesive & Coatings
  • Food Ingredients
  • Polymers
  • Chemical Process Industries
  • Consumer Specialities
  • Agricultural Chemicals

Our Key Distribution Regions Are:

  • Australia
  • Kenya
  • Ireland
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • Nigeria


Established in 1929 we are a leading supplier of Forest Chemicals: Gum Rosin, Rosin Resins, Pine Oil, Turpentine, Turpentine Derivatives, Terpenes and associated products. The company also incorporated its acquired trading businesses, Hobart Trading, Tradebase and West African Textile Services which has broadened the traditional portfolio to include raw materials into Polymers, Adhesives, Coatings, Agrochemicals, Personal & Home Care and Food Ingredients.


ANCHOR CHEMICALS is a manufacturer of speciality products that service the rubber, plastics, and adhesives industries. ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 accredited, we assure quality, service and a focus to customer needs. Anchor Chemical Co (UK) established the Pietermaritzburg factory in 1985 and produced materials for use in the rubber industry and has expanded its portfolio into TPR, TPE and Black Masterbatch compounds.

We manufacture speciality products that service:

  • Rubber
  • Plastics
  • Adhesives

APEX is a complete range of speciality invisible fluorescent, phosphorescent and thermal change colourants supplied into the global market. We offer a varied and versatile range of products for applications including security printing, safety marking, novelty products and artists materials.

From our organic Wilkies Bean To Bar organic chocolate, premium Couverture traceable with integrity cocoa ingredients solely sourced from Africa and, luxury Irish Milk chocolate range, to our own Aunty Nellie’s Traditional Irish sweet and gift shops in Ireland and Chocolates By Tomes in South Africa – one thing is certain, we know our confectionery.