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Formula Chemicals is one of Autralia’s largest, privately owned chemical companies. Founded in 1973 by the current owner, Leigh Smart, Formula started out with a handful of products, a single factory building and a vision to excel in product and service quality.

Formula’s commitment to its core values soon began to receive recognition in the marketplace. The business expanded rapidly between 1980 and 1990 when major dairy companies and large food and beverage processors formed a trusting partnership with Formula.

More buildings were acquired. More recently (in June 2005) Formula has acquired the acid, alkali and chlorine business of Glendale Chemicals. Since the Glendale acquisition more neighbouring buildings have been acquired so that Formula continues to operate from this impressive factory site at 82 to 88 Hermitage Road, West Ryde, NSW, the location of Formula’s original factory.

Over the intervening years the next generation of the Smart family has taken active management and service roles in the business. These family members hold key positions working beside Leigh and other executive managers in Administration, Sales and Operations.

The Core values generated and driven by Leigh have become an automatic code of operation. Our customers are aware of the benefits to them of these core values and understand how they flow through to Formulas reliable product and service quality.

Formula’s commitment to quality and service is evidenced by it’s achievements.


  • Formula was the first chemical company in NSW to achieve ISO accreditation
  • Formula is a Quality Endorsed Company
  • Leigh Smart is a qualified Food Safety Auditor and Dangerous Goods Inspector
  • Testimonials from blue-chip customers endorsing and lauding Formulas Quality systems and Service record abound.

The acquisition of the Glendale Chemical business in 2005 has expanded Formula’s market reach with an impressive product range for

  • The construction industry (brick cleaning)
  • Water Treatment Chemicals
  • Swimming Pool Chemicals
  • Metal Finishing Chemicals

These complement the traditional activities of Formula which included, Food and Dairy Plant Cleansers and Sanitisers, Effluent and Industrial Chemicals and Toll manufacturing.