Welcome to R.W. Unwin & Co. Ltd

Professional distribution of
active pharmaceutical ingredients
cosmetic ingredients
in the UK and Ireland

We have been providing a key service link between our manufacturing partners from around the world and consumers of pharmaceutical and cosmetic raw materials in the UK and Ireland since 1966.
Our broad range of raw materials, our knowledge of the marketplace, our strength in Importation, warehousing and logistics and our appreciation of our customers requirement for great customer service combine to make R.W. Unwin & Co. Ltd your ideal pharmaceutical industry partner.

Our Story

distribution agents for overseas manufacturers of API’s, excipients and cosmetics in the UK and Ireland. 

The pharmaceutical market has seen considerable changes over recent decades. R.W. Unwin & Co Ltd have kept abreast of all changes in the regulatory environment and offer over 50 years of continuous market presence and experience to benefit our customers and suppliers. 

We can hold stock in volume for our customers at our Hertfordshire  warehouse enabling our customers to get “Just in Time” stock replenishment freeing up valuable space within their own premises. 

Our sales and purchasing activities are underpinned by extensive regulatory and technical experience. 

We are licensed to Import and handle various controlled substances including Category 1 Precursors and Schedule 2, 3 & 4 drugs. 
As licensed importers we also manage all imports for the materials supplied including all customs clearances and procedures required.

Our Products

RW Unwin & Co Ltd supply pharmaceutical raw materials in many therapeutic categories.

Our portfolio of API’s is subject to change so we welcome enquiries for products not listed.






Our Services

GDP Warehousing in Hertfordshire enabling fast response times for our customers’ requirements.

Items held in stock for immediate call-off against long term orders, ensuring supply-chain continuity and freeing up space.

Allowing fast response times to our customers’ needs and enabling “Just in Time” stock replenishment.

Prompt assistance with regulatory documentation; manufacturer audits; vendor approvals; guaranteed source traceability.

Fast response times, Dedicated Sales contact means fast response times and link technical support between Manufacturer and customer.

Extensive international sourcing expertise for supplier identification and qualification.