Richard Jay acquires majority stake in Symbio

Richard Jay acquires majority stake in Symbio

Richard Jay Pty Ltd, an industry leader in the Australian B2B laundry equipment, dispensing and chemical industry announced today that it has acquired a majority stake in Symbio Australia Pty Ltd, a manufacturer and distributor of high-grade chemicals and cleaning solutions.

Since 1969 Richard Jay has been selling to and servicing vended laundromats, commercial laundries, hospitality, mining, and aged care businesses across Australia.

In 2021, the company expanded its portfolio with a new division, JayChem, a premium chemical brand focused on disrupting established global players in the B2B sector with its highly personalised, innovation-driven cleaning and hygiene programs.

“Acquiring Symbio Australia is the natural progression for Richard Jay,” said Matthew Manterfield, CEO of Richard Jay.

“Not only is it a family-owned Australian business that shares our values and passion for servicing customers, but it will also now allow us to secure our local supply chain, diversify our product offerings and enhance our market positioning. Our customers will benefit from enhanced lead times, improved quality control and increased flexibility.”

Founded in 1975, Symbio Australia serves the hospitality, healthcare, education, and laundry industries and in 2020 launched Symbio Direct to provide direct-to-customer sales and service.

Richard Jay and Symbio Australia bring over 103 years of experience in the Australian chemical and laundry industry and the acquisition creates a powerful offering within the laundry and chemical industry. The union promises to deliver enhanced solutions and expanded reach, benefiting clients right across Australia.

“Together we will create a stronger and more diversified company that is better positioned to meet the needs of our customers,” said Matthew Manterfield.

Richard Jay is committed to supporting Australian jobs and the acquisition of Symbio Australia will ensure that jobs along the supply chain remain on home soil.


About Richard Jay Pty Ltd

Richard Jay Pty Ltd, founded in 1969, is a leading Australian provider of laundry and chemical dispensing solutions. The company serves a diverse range of industries, including vended laundromats, commercial laundries, hospitality, mining, and aged care.


About Symbio Australia Pty Ltd

Symbio Australia Pty Ltd, established in 1975, specialises in manufacturing and distributing high-grade chemicals and cleaning solutions for hospitality, healthcare, education, and laundry industries. The company expanded its reach with the launch of Symbio Direct in 2020.