FOUNDER

Oliver Smith is the Managing Director of Fountainbridge. With previous experience as an organic chemist, and having studied Chinese language and business, he had the vision to start a company focused on offering service, value & security to the chemical industry.

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Oliver Smith

Managing Director

Oliver is an organic chemist and business development professional who has spent time studying and living in China. He is a fluent Chinese speaker and is mostly based in Shanghai from where he manages Fountainbridge’s China operations.

CASE STUDIES

Fountainbridge have detailed several technical case studies to highlight how our services can be tailored to meet the unique needs of our customers. Read how our custom synthesisproduct sourcingQC analysissupplier approval and market research services could work for you.

Custom synthesis
Product Sourcing
QC analysis
Supplier Approval
Market Research

CUSTOMER CHALLENGE

Pharmaceutical CMO required to outsource the manufacture of a complex pharmaceutical intermediate in order to free capacity in their own facility and overcome uncertainties in process development.

TARGET

Design lab scale synthesis route and scale up to kg scale, deliver within timescale.

PROJECT

Fountainbridge designed route to target, carried out synthesis on lab scale, scaled up and optimised process; while overcoming unexpected scale up problems. Manufacture completed within required timescale, analysed using NMR, HPLC, MS, elemental analysis, melting point, and Karl Fisher analysis and delivered to customer.

OUTCOME

Customer was able to take their process to plant within the proposed timescale while controlling and reducing process development costs and freeing up manufacturing capacity in their plant.

CUSTOMER CHALLENGE

Customer required to find a reliable supplier for a commercially available product but with precise technical specifications non-commercially available. On-going quality of product crucial to improve efficiency in their manufacturing process.

TARGET

To provide a one stop service to deliver material meeting customer’s specification at a consistent quality.

PROJECT

Fountainbridge identified and contacted a suitable supplier, conducted due diligence and audit, identified additional processing partners, implemented quality assurance/control program and co-ordinate purchase, processing, QC analysis and logistics.

OUTCOME

Customer’s manufacturing process has increased in efficiency by 30% using new material and final product quality has significantly increased.

CUSTOMER CHALLENGE

A customer purchasing agrochemicals from China had experienced quality problems with delivered goods which could not be returned and caused loss of revenue, delays and reputation damage.

TARGET

To sample and test goods prior to leaving China to ensure product quality meets the required specification.

PROJECT

Fountainbridge provided inspection and sampling service, traveling to warehouses and factories to sample products. Analytical tests carried out using standard CIPAC analytical methods, full report provided to customer with detailed analytical methods, results and photos to release goods for export.

OUTCOME

Customer has been able to better manage quality issues prior to goods being shipped to destination which has helped to save money and improve supply chain efficiency.

CUSTOMER CHALLENGE

A multi-national CRO looking to choose an outsource laboratory partner for chemical testing and analysis in China wanted to ensure they would choose the most suitable candidate

TARGET

To carry out audits of possible candidates and make recommendations on suitable partners.

PROJECT

Based on criteria provided by the customer, Fountainbridge drew up a short list of candidates, inspection plan and reporting format. Once approved by the customer, Fountainbridge visited all labs, carried out the audits and prepared a report with recommendations on the most suitable partners.

OUTCOME

The customer was able to understand which labs met their criteria and subsequently entered into partnership with a testing facility according to recommendations made by Fountainbridge.

CUSTOMER CHALLENGE

A chemical company sourcing from China had seen unexpected increases in the prices of a chemical they were purchasing. The customer wanted to understand the reasons for the price increase in order to make strategic decisions about their future sourcing.

TARGET

To identify the numbers and identities of manufacturers and traders of the chemical in question, and to identify the reasons for the price increase and how they would affect future price.

PROJECT

Fountainbridge proposed a market research investigation to identify manufacturers, traders and raw material suppliers and to gather information on factors that had lead to sudden price increases.

OUTCOME

Fountainbridge identified the closure of a number of key raw material suppliers due to changing government policy as the reason behind the price rise and provided opinion on likely future price changes. The information provided by Fountainbridge allowed our customer to make informed strategic decisions.

Global Sourcing and Custom Synthesis

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