Company Profile

Black Masterbatch UsageAbbey Masterbatch Ltd is major manufacturer and supplier of a range of Thermoplastic Masterbatch, particularly Black, White, Colour and Additive masterbatch. The company also supplies masterbatch based on Engineering and Speciality polymers plus offering Conductive Compounds and Masterbatch. In addition a range of Colour and Pigment Dispersions is manufactured and sold. We are based in the UK and are an independent family owned business with currently three generations of the family employed. Export sales account for over 70% of our sales.

The original company was formed in 1984 as Abbey Thermosets Ltd. Following an MBO in 1996 by Michael Shirt, a former director, the company was transformed into a successful masterbatch and dispersion business. This was followed by a change of company name to Abbey Masterbatch Ltd to reflect the change in business model. The company registration is 1793834. The company is situated in Ashton under Lyne, UK in a multi-storey, 18,000 square metre factory. A substantial investment programme of over £500,000 has been completed in 2014 which included additional buildings, manufacturing and warehouse plus office facilities, which increases our capacity by over 30%.


The company has an excellent record of growth. In 2004 the company achieved BS EN ISO 9001:2008 status. In 2006 the company was awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2006.


The products which we manufacture are used mainly in the thermoplastic industry plus the paint, ink and associated industries.


Key Staff


Key staff have been associated with the company for many years all having in-depth experience in development, production, quality and sales.

Our Main Product Areas

Black Thermoplastic Masterbatch

The company has a capacity of over 20,000 tons of Black Masterbatch, currently with six production lines. A comprehensive range of commodity black grades plus PA based batches based on both carbon black and black dyestuff are manufactured.


Black Masterbatch grades are offered for the following applications:-

  • POLYMER SPECIFIC – grades available are based on polymers such as PS, LDPE, HDPE, EVA, PP, PA.
  • ENGINEERING MASTERBATCH – Polyamide based masterbatch with various types of carbon blacks, including solvent black dyestuff – Nigrosine.

White, Additive and Colour Masterbatch

This product line has been increased substantially with a comprehensive range of white and additive masterbatch, plus colour masterbatch.

Conductive Compounds and Masterbatch – EC Range

A range of compounds and masterbatch are offered for applications where varying levels of permanent electrical conductivity are required for use in applications where accumulation of static electrical charges can potentially cause problems.

Pigment Dispersions

A range of flowable liquid pigment concentrates and dispersion are offered, based on a variety of liquid carriers including solvent and water based systems, with or without resin carriers, some incorporating specific surfactants. Other liquid carrier systems are offered to suit specific customer requirements.


Sales area includes inks, paint, wood coatings, plus PVC plastisol, PU foams and many other applications.


New products include LIQUID MASTERBATCH for colouring thermoplastics.