From food production and water treatment to animal feeds and keeping the roads safe in winter, in one way or another salt is a vital daily commodity.
British Salt is the UK's leading manufacturer of pure dried vacuum salt products. With a reputation for quality of products, service and reliability of supply British Salt plays a crucial role in keeping British industry moving.
In July 2007 LDC invested in the £100million management buy-out of British Salt from its US parent, US Salt Holdings, which is backed by American investment firm Wachovia Capital Partners.
The deal provided a major boost to the local construction and engineering sector and further stability for British Salt.
Under LDC’s ownership, the business significantly increased revenues, disposed of non-core property assets to improve its capital profile and improved operational efficiencies, which included the sale of non-core site assets to EDF Energy for use in gas storage production.
LDC exited the business in December 2010 when it secured a strategic trade sale to leading pan-European manufacturer Brunner Mond in 2011.
Brunner Mond, which is wholly owned by Tata Chemicals Ltd – part of the Tata group of companies - is the UK’s only soda ash and sodium bicarbonate producer and one of Europe’s leading manufacturers in this field.
The sale was subject to regulatory approval which was eventually agreed in January 2011.