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About Essentra Components

Essentra is a leading international supplier of specialist plastic, fibre, foam and packaging products with four principal operating divisions: Component & Protection Solutions, Porous Technologies, Packaging & Securing Solutions and Filter Products. Through its four principal operating divisions, Essentra focuses on the light manufacture and distribution of high volume, essential components which serve customers in a wide variety of end-markets and geographies.

Previously branded as Filtrona, the new identity helps to bring together all our previously multi-branded offering under one name to underline our breadth of product range and specialist capabilities.

Essentra Components has become a strong product distributor across the globe through the culmination of ideals and products from a number of former businesses. These include Moss Plastics, Skiffy and Richco.

As the origins of Essentra Components, Moss Plastics, based in the UK, manufactures and distributes a broad range of injection and dip moulded components serving a wide range of industries. With local offices and distribution centres across Europe, the company was well placed to meet the challenging delivery requirements of our European-wide customers.

In 2004 the acquisition of Skiffy, based in Netherlands, helped expand our range of fasteners and fixings. Skiffy manufactured and distributed a range of proprietary plastic and metal products into a very wide range of industrial sectors. The product range is particularly strong in nylon washers, spacers and bushes.

Additionally, in 2011 the acquisition of Richco, Inc, based in Chicago with a wide European and Asian presence, helped expand our range of electrical components. Richco manufactures engineered injection moulded components primarily for the electronics and electrical industry. Their production technology has been carefully developed to provide optimal performance and maximum product flexibility. The product range is particularly strong in circuit board hardware and cable management components.

In 2013 the company acquired Ulinco Components AB, based in Sweden, a leading distributor of plastic protection and finishing products, hardware and specialist masking solutions in the Nordic region.

At the start of 2014 Mesan was acquired by Essentra plc., to form another extension to the Components division specialising in access hardware solutions. Based in Turkey, Mesan have been developing high performance ergonomic and innovative, customer orientated products for many years, making it a sure fit for the growing hardware segment of the then rebranded, Essentra Components. The product range is particularly strong in locks, hinges, gasketing and handles.


Our Components Offering

Our business manufactures and distributes one of the world's most extensive ranges of component solutions for protection and finishing purposes which are being used in a wide variety of applications and industries. The full range of Essentra Components Products is available locally to you, the customer.

Our offering includes:

  • Access Hardware
  • Packaging & Material Handling
  • Adhesives, Sealants & Tapes
  • Bearings & Power Transmission
  • Caps & Plugs
  • Cutting & Machining
  • Flange Protection
  • Clamps & Workholding
  • Fasteners
  • Feet, Castors & Glides
  • Fibre, Wire & Cable Management
  • Knobs, Handles & Grips
  • Office & Retail Supply
  • PCB & Electronics Hardware
  • Pneumatics & Hydraulics
  • Tooling & Positioning Components
  • Tools & Precision Instruments

In addition to our standard ranges, our manufacturing experience enables us to develop solutions to solve specific customer requirements where a standard product is not available.

Our goal is to be a “one stop shop” solution in high volume, small, essential products for users in protection finishing and point of sale industries. This is supported by local offices and distribution centres across Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas.

With over 100,000 standard catalogue parts available for immediate dispatch, Essentra Components is well positioned to leverage its extensive geographic distribution capacity, using its efficient sourcing and manufacturing operations and sophisticated IT platforms, to respond to the requirements of an international customer base.


About Essentra plc

Essentra plc is a FTSE 250 company and a leading global provider of essential components and solutions. Essentra focuses on the light manufacture and distribution of high volume, enabling components which serve customers in a wide variety of end-markets and geographies.

Component Solutions
The Components business is a global market leading manufacturer and distributor of plastic injection moulded, vinyl dip moulded and metal items.  Operating units in 29 countries serve a very broad industrial base of customers with a rapid supply of products for a variety of applications in industries such as equipment manufacturing, automotive, fabrication, electronics and construction.
The Pipe Protection Technologies business specialises in the manufacture of high performance innovative products from commodity resins to engineering-grade thermoplastics and polymer alloys for use in a range of end-markets.  Locations in four countries, combined with a wide distributor network, serve customers around the world.
Essentra Extrusion is a leading custom profile extruder located in the Netherlands which offers a complete design and production service.  One of the first companies to extrude plastics in 1956, Essentra is now one of Europe’s most advanced suppliers of co-extrusion and tri-extrusion to all branches of industry.
The Security business has access to a wide portfolio of products and services, including printers, software and consumables from leading manufacturers.

Health& Personal Care Packaging
A leading global provider of packaging and authentication solutions to a diversified blue-chip customer base in the pharmaceutical, health & personal care, consumer and specialist packaging sectors.  The business focuses on delivering value-adding innovation, quality and service through the provision of a wide range of printed products and solutions, including cartons, tapes, leaflets, foils, labels and authentication solutions.
The Speciality Tapes business has expertise in coating multiple adhesive systems in numerous technologies.  With close to 3,000 adhesive products available for same-day shipping, Essentra’s products can meet all high performance needs, from foam, magnetic, finger lift and acrylic high bond tapes to hook and loop and non-skid foam.

Filtration Products
Essentra Filter Products is the only global independent cigarette filter supplier.  The nine worldwide locations, including a dedicated Technology Centre supported by three regional development facilities, provide a flexible infrastructure strategically positioned to serve the tobacco industry.  The business supplies a wide range of value-adding high quality innovative filters, packaging solutions to the roll your own segment and analytical laboratory services for ingredient measurement to the industry.
Essentra Porous Technologies is a leading developer and manufacturer of custom fluid handling components, engineered from a portfolio of technologies that includes bonded and non-woven fibre, polyurethane foam and porous plastics.  Representing innovations used in healthcare, consumer and industrial applications, its enabling components are found in a wide range of products from medical diagnostics tests to advanced wound care pads, inkjet printer cartridges, writing instruments, clean room wipes and air fresheners.

Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Essentra’s global network extends to 33 countries and includes c. 9,000 employees, 53 principal manufacturing facilities, 64 sales & distribution operations and 5 research & development centres. For further information, please visit

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