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In 2009, building on more than 30 years of trade into the region in the supply of formulated Agrochemicals, nutrients and additives for Animal Nutrition, and specialty Rubber and Coating raw materials, our group established an office and warehouse to service our local customers. Our team of market focused, technically trained staff developed product ranges catering to Personal Care, Home Care, Industrial Cleaning and Food Ingredients.

In 2020, Carst & Walker extended its presence in East Africa through the acquisition of a well-regarded distributor focused on CASE (coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers). Carst & Walker also services Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, and Ethiopia.

As a part of the Hobart Enterprises group, we benefit from being associated with specialty distribution, supply chain and processing companies worldwide. Click on our logo below to view Hobart’s group of companies.

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No.19 Funzi Road
Off Enterprise Road
Industrial Area

T: +254 [0] 20 234 7446 | +254 [0] 796 237 200

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Market Segments

The group has been exporting into East Africa since the early 1980s and established Carst & Walker (EA) in 2009 to support our customers with products locally. We support the following industries:

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Building on over 90 year’s Group experience of supplying Gum Rosin and Rosin derivatives, we complement these materials with a diverse range of hydrocarbon resins, rubber elastomers, waxes and additives for all applications including hot melt, PSA, and contact adhesives.

Coatings & Inks

From finding economical solutions in decorative paints, to formulating innovative coatings for high tech applications, our wide range of resins, pigments and additives has been carefully developed to meet to diverse needs of the coatings industry, including Decorative, Wood Coatings, Automotive Coatings, Can & Coil Coatings, Industrial Coatings, Marine Coatings, Powder Coatings and Paste, Liquid, Inkjet, Digital, UV (Ultraviolet), Water- and Solvent-Based Inks.

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We have been supplying range of Trace Elements which are FEMAS certified and registered under the Feed Hygiene Regulations for both the animal feed industry and for use in fertilizers, as well as a range of both Technical and Formulated quality agrochemicals.

Our technically supported products include:

Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), Calcium Iodate, Cobalt / Copper / Manganese / Potassium / and Selenium Salts, Sodium Molydbate and Zinc Salts.

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Our team are regional distributors of innovative ingredients for the Personal Care, Pharmaceutical, Home Care and Cosmetics industries. Our products have a wide range of applications, including skin care, hair care and colour, oral care, sun care, makeup, toiletries and more, you can benefit from our product portfolio.

Our range of tailored value-added services can support you to increase your market potential. From regulatory support and consulting to sourcing new and hard-to-find ingredients; from innovation and formulation capabilities to marketing intelligence solutions – you can gain from our integrated one-stop approach.

  • Personal Care
  • Home Care & Institutional Cleaning
  • Pharmaceuticals
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Our office is in Nairobi, from where we service the East African region with quality ingredients for the food industry, these include such items as cocoa butter, cocoa mass, cocoa powders, cocoa liquid, colouring foodstuffs, caramel colours, specialty fats, modified starches, concentrated dairy and non-dairy flavours, herb and spice extracts, citrus oils, essential oils, flavours, oleoresins, hydrocolloids, enzymes, probiotics and various other ingredients on request.

Our portfolio of products is designed around customer needs and market trends and supports several sectors within the food and drink industry in East Africa, including brewery, confectionery, bakery, dairy, meat, sauces and processed foods.

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Products from our Anchor Chemicals facility in South Africa, serves mainly the Rubber Industry and include rubber to metal bonding adhesives, anti-tack solutions, powder blends, release aids and factice.


Our sub-segments include Cement Additives, Pressure Sensitive, Hot Melt, Flooring and Contact Adhesives. The portfolio includes Antioxidants, Hydrocarbons Resin, Monomers, Rosin Esters, Rubber Elastomers, Water Based Dispersions and Waxes (Micro, Paraffin, Polyethylene).

Coatings & Inks

Segments supported include Decorative, Wood Coatings, Automotive Coatings, Can & Coil Coatings, Industrial Coatings, Marine Coatings, Powder Coatings and Paste, Liquid, Inkjet, Digital, UV (Ultraviolet), Water- and Solvent-Based Inks with raw materials such as:

Flame Retardants (Antimony Oxides, Brominated, Phosphates, Chlorinated Paraffin, Melamine, Zinc Borate), Gum Rosin, Hydrocarbon Resins, Organic Phosphates (TCEP, TBP, CDP, APP, TCPP, TDCPP, Melamine Polyphosphate), Nitrocellulose Resins, Dispersing agents, Pigments (Titanium Dioxide, Cuprous Oxide, Ultramarine Blue / Violets, Iron Oxides, Chrome Oxide, Anticorrosive, Daylight fluorescent, Security and Special effect, Phosphorescent, Thermochromic, Photochromic, UV / IR Invisibles), Tall Oil, Oligomers, Monomers and Photoinitiators, and Wax Dispersions & Emulsions (Amide, PTFE and Polyethylene).

Our technically supported products are FEMAS certified and registered under the Feed Hygiene Regulations include:
Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), Calcium Iodate, Cobalt Salts (Cobalt Acetate, Cobalt Carbonate, Cobalt Sulphate), Copper Salts (Copper Carbonate, Copper Hydroxide, Copper Oxychloride, Copper Oxide, Copper Sulphate), Manganese Salts (Manganese Oxide, Manganese Sulphate), Potassium Salts (Potassium Iodide, Potassium Iodate), Selenium Salts (Selenium Sodium Selenate, Sodium Selenite, Selenium Premix), Sodium Molybdate and Zinc Salts (Zinc Oxide, Zinc Sulphate).

We offer a carefully selected range to meet the exacting requirements of the glass manufacturing industry. BHT is the go-to antioxidant and our range of organic acids, organic acid salts and preservatives provides the wood preservation industry with many formulation options to replace more traditional technologies. For Resin Production, we offer a portfolio of process aids and intermediates including heat transfer fluids, antioxidants, catalysts and monomers.

The raw material schedule includes:
Acids (Polyphosphoric, Hypophosphorous, 2 EH, C8C10, Phosphorous and Isobutyric), Antimony (Trioxide, Pentoxide), Derivatives (MEG, PEGs, Ethanolamines, Castor Oil), Sodium Acetate Anhydrous, Sodium Bromate, Sodium Butyrate, Sodium Hypophosphite, Potassium (Iodide, Bromate) and Triphenyl Phosphine.

Our innovative ingredients and solutions for Personal Care, Home Care, Institutional Cleaning, and Pharmaceutical applications. We have established ourselves over the past 90 years as a significant distributor into the Homecare market with Forest Chemicals: Pine Oil, Gum Turpentine derivatives, Terpenes and associated products. In addition, we source Coal Tar, Iodoform Compound and Chlorocresol in small and large packing, as well as difficult to find ingredients for all pharmaceutical products.

Anti-ageing Actives
Controlled Substances
FD&C Colourants
Film Formers
Herbal Extracts
Organic Acids
Plant Extracts
Special Effect Pigments
Surface-treated Pigments
Texturing Agents

The Polymers group services the Elastomers and Plastics sectors with key product ranges:
Antioxidants, Flame Retardants (Antimony Trioxide, Pentoxide, Decabromodiphenyl Oxide, Ethane, Zinc Borate, Ammonium Bromide, Melamine Cyanurate, TCPP / Ammonium Polyphosphate, Hexabromocyclododecane, BDDP), Pigments, Rubbers (SBS, SEBS, SIS), Rubber Chemicals – Accelerators, Antioxidants [6PPD, CBS, TBBS, DPG], Crosslinking Agents (Monomers, Zinc Oxide), Waxes.

Anchor Chemicals

Our Polymers team distribute on behalf of group company, Anchor Chemicals, an ISO9001 and ISO14001 accredited manufacturer of speciality products that service the Rubber, Plastics and Adhesives industries:

Bonding Adhesives for rubber to metal and other rigid substrates (Ecorrlok)
Release Agents including Bantac
Coated Powders and Process Aids
Which includes Anchorlube and Factice TPR, TPE and Black Masterbatch compounds.


Desserts with citrus and tropical flavours combined are revitalizing and refreshing

Tropical flavours add a refreshing taste and evoke a sense of escapism. We delve into the combinations and trends in tropical flavours in food and beverage production.

Visual of Illipe Butter and Cocoa Butter

Illipe butter is a CBE or Cocoa Butter Equivalent, ideal as a cost-effective option in cosmetic and personal care formulations.

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