Sadly the new millennium was marked by the death of its then Chairman Marshall Pilling; this now left the company in the sole control of its new Chairman and Managing Director Brandon Pilling.
However, diversification remained still high on the agenda, and 2000 saw the launch of a new strategic alliance with Italian company Coswell to launch specialist personal care items into the U.K. market, initially as a range of aluminium-free deodorants called Bionsen, and later tooth-whitening products under the trademark Blanx.
With the distribution business expanding, partner business growing, and international business increasing, ACDOCO began to outgrow its premises at Astley Bridge despite extending buildings in every direction.
In 2003 a decision was made to move warehousing and distribution to Blackburn, effectively splitting the company into a manufacturing unit at the original premises in Astley Bridge and a dedicated distribution centre at its offices in Mill Hill in Blackburn.
The following years saw the company grow and invest heavily in a market dominated by the retail giants. The need to be a bigger company with ever more critical mass became the focus for that period of time, in turn stimulating an ever-greater focus on the need for new product development and innovation.
Then in 2007 a very significant decision was made to formalise the strategic partnership with Delta Pronatura, to ensure that it continued to grow and remain successful. Seeing the need to be a part of a larger European-wide structure rather than operating in the UK in isolation, the decision was made for delta Pronatura to acquire a majority share in the commercial business of ACDOCO, now based at Blackburn and a new dawn broke. ‘New ACDOCO’ is a UK only focused business trading in the specialist areas in laundry and household care, under the Dr Beckmann, whilst also acting as a distributor for Acdo branded items and also on behalf of companies in specialist personal care areas.
This company operates under its new board of Directors of Heiner Beckmann (Chairman), Brandon Pilling, Gerhard Krauss and Arthur Baker. The Directors remain just as committed to ensuring that this family company remains a family company to ensure that the rich history of both companies is maintained and built on for the future.