Solvay is the world leader in phosphorus-based chemistry and manufacturing

  Solvay oldbury welcome sign
Solvay Oldbury occupies approximately 60 acres of land close to Junction 2 of the M5 motorway near Birmingham. The Site houses multiple production plants and produces phosphorus-based intermediates which are used in the manufacture of a wide range of products including pharmaceuticals, paints, detergents, water treatment chemicals and flame retardants. 

Chemical manufacturing at Solvay Oldbury dates back to 1851, when a 29 year old chemist called Arthur Albright began manufacturing phosphorus on the site. Solvay Oldbury now employs approximately 220 people in production, finance, human resources, product stewardship, logistics and procurement. It produces around 150 products used in a diverse range of end applications, and exports over 50 percent of the products it manufactures to every continent of the world.  

Oldbury is part of the global Solvay Novecare business.

Community information

  Solvay Oldbury Site
Solvay Oldbury produces and distributes a calendar for its neighbours. The calendar forms part of the programme of dialogue between the site and the surrounding community – this includes regular meetings with local traders and community leaders and the Solvay Oldbury community newsletter

Advice to the public

Solvay Oldbury comes under the COMAH (Control of Major Accident Hazards) regulations which aim to prevent major chemical accidents and limit the consequences to people and the environment of any accidents that may occur. Audits covering all aspects of our health, safety and environment processes and overall performance also take place on a regular basis. Close neighbours of Solvay Oldbury need to be aware of the key steps to take in the unlikely event of a chemical emergency.