RichardsApex, Inc

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Purpose Statement

Back of Building. Philadelphia, PAAt RichardsApex, Inc., we concentrate on one business — the research, development, production, and marketing of specialty metalworking lubricants, process coatings and cleaning compounds. Our products are used in a very broad variety of end-markets. These markets demand advanced technology materials for use in their high performance products essential to our worldwide industrial economy.

Our goal is to be the leading supplier to specific segments, or niches, of major end-use markets, with emphasis on the specialty aspects of this business.

The specialty products that we manufacture include lubricants, protective coatings, and cleaning compounds for the nonferrous and ferrous metal industries. The end-user markets that we service cover everything from automobiles to electronics, from communication products to aerospace applications. Anyone changing the shape of a piece of metal is a prospective customer to us.

It is the mission of RichardsApex, Inc. to satisfy the specialty lubricant, coating and cleaner needs of our customers 100% of the time, through excellence in the development, manufacture, marketing, and service of top quality products. Through continuous improvement in everything we do, we will maintain a leadership position with our customers, treat our employees fairly, promote the integrity of the environment, retain the highest levels of ethical business conduct and earn a competitive return on investment for our shareholders.

RichardsApex is ready to serve your needs by:

  • Designing and offering the highest quality products with experienced technical support. From our U.S. based headquarters and our subsidiaries based in the UK, Mexico, and Australia, and our international network of Distributors and Agents, we're committed to being the worldwide lubricant supplier of choice to the metalworking industry. ​
  • Providing on-site support, technical sales assistance, and a responsive, knowledgeable customer service staff. When you face a challenge, our team of experts respond quickly with creative, innovative solutions that can improve your productivity, enhance your quality, and lower your costs

RichardsApex History

RichardsApex represents more than 120 years of experience in developing and manufacturing lubricants, cleaners, and coatings. No company offers more products designed to help customers achieve new levels of quality, efficiency, and cost savings.

RichardsApex, Inc., now in its fourth generation of family ownership was formed in 1997 by the merger of G. Whitfield Richards Co., founded in 1902, and Apex Alkali Products Co., founded in 1933.

With the unbroken continuity of family management, we feel that we have a special perspective on what is really important when change occurs. Our belief that the tried and true values of honesty and fair dealing are as key to success today as they were a century ago. As time has brought about technological advancements and innovations, our commitment to our employees, customers, and partners is as strong today as ever. As to the future, we will continue our basic functions: providing superior lubricants, process coatings, and cleaners to the metalworking industries. And, at the same time, leveraging our combined experience to bring technical knowledge and the ability to solve a customer’s individual needs.

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