ICoNiChem (formerly known as Shepherd Widnes) is a specialist manufacturer of cobalt-based salts and compounds which are supplied into a wide variety of applications including catalysts, pigments and animal nutrition. The business is led by a strong local management team and supplies a global customer base from a manufacturing and R&D facility in North-West England. It generates annual sales of £25m and remains a supplier to its former parent company, Shepherd Chemical business in the USA.

GIL acquired the business from Shepherd Chemical in August 2016 and it was renamed ICoNiChem in September 2016.