Jiuri New Materials

Anstar is the European branch of Jiuri New Materials. Founded in 1998, Jiuri are the largest manufacturer of photoinitiators in the world. Our headquarters are located in Tianjin, China with subsidiaries in Shandong, ChangZhou, Tianjin, Hunan, Hong Kong, Dongying, Ningxia, Neimengyu and Tanshan. 

Our strong R&D facilities in China, including 3 Doctors, 28 Masters in Organic Chemistry and several consultants from Nankai University allow us to continually develop new products and expand industries. Our cutting-edge research in combination with our experienced sales team, has ensured that we become an integrated one-stop solution for our valued customers.


Our Culture and Objectives

Anstar was created with the goal of building a bridge between the strong production capabilities of the East and the developed markets of the West. 

Our strength and focus lie in the endearing partnerships we foster with our suppliers and customers. The people at Anstar are the driving force behind our determination to deliver the best product and provide a superior service. We work hard to nurture a collaborative and galvanising environment as we grow and seek to become the leading supplier of UV-curable materials.


“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” – Goethe

Meet the Team

Dr Liangyu Hawkes

Founder & Managing Director

Liangyu was born and educated in China and moved to the UK in 2005 to study a PhD in Colour Chemistry at the University of Leeds. She has held various positions over the years in R&D, business development and supply chain management at director level, before founding Anstar in late 2018. Her ambition to build an ethical business with both suppliers and customers has allowed Anstar to go from strength to strength and her passion in new technology will enable Anstar to grow into an innovative hub.

Aaqib Zahoor

Technical Sales Manager

Aaqib was born and raised in West Yorkshire, UK. He graduated with a Masters in Chemistry at the University of Bradford and has a technical background working as an R&D chemist in the personal and home care markets. He also has commercial experience working as a global headhunter for the chemical industry before joining Anstar in late 2020. He has a long-term vision of helping Anstar become the leading chemical distributor. 

Matthew Tucker

Technical Sales Manager

Matt was born and raised in Tasmania, Australia. He studied Synthetic Chemistry at the University of Tasmania and Australian National University and has a strong technical background in polymerisation and polymer science. Matt moved to the UK in 2016 and has been working in the coatings and plastics industry before joining Anstar in 2020.