DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Nov. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Univar Solutions Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) ("Univar Solutions" or "the Company"), a global chemical and ingredient distributor and provider of value-added services, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Univar Solutions China Co. Ltd., has reached an agreement with Zhuhai Techi Chem Silicone Industry Corporation ("Techi Chem") to acquire the business to distribute innovative specialty silicone solutions used primarily for the coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers (CASE) market. The agreement is expected to close in mid-December.
This agreement aligns to the Company's global approach to its dedicated end market verticals as it provides new opportunities for growth by further positioning Univar Solutions to bring differential value to customers and suppliers within the CASE market. With a focus on offering innovative solutions to meet market needs and trends, Univar Solutions intends to deliver a consistent global approach across key industries through a worldwide footprint of industry-leading capabilities, technical Solution Centers and market knowledge, as well as a premier line of products and comprehensive solutions.
"Univar Solutions has the capability to consistently provide our suppliers and customers with added value services to assist in their pursuit of growth and we are very excited to add the depth and breadth of Techi Chem's leading specialty silicone solutions within the China marketplace," said Nick Powell, president, Specialty Chemicals and Ingredients and president EMEA & APAC for Univar Solutions. "Our customers throughout China will benefit from Techi Chem's strong relationship with the leading global silicone supplier as well as Univar Solutions' global silicone expertise and network of technical Solutions Centers that will provide comprehensive solutions for the Chinese market."
Founded in 2001, Techi Chem is known for its value-add solutions and logistics footprint that is well suited for the China market. With well-established relationships throughout the industry, Techi Chem is a trusted source for silicone solutions and related technologies.
"Techi Chem's relationships and expertise will benefit our customers in China and throughout the region," said Myron Li, general manager of Asia Pacific for Univar Solutions. "We look forward to expanding our products and industry solutions for the China market. With this agreement, Univar Solutions is better positioned to serve South China and fulfill its vision to redefine distribution and be the most valued chemical and ingredient distributor on the planet."
About Univar Solutions Univar Solutions (NYSE: UNVR) is a leading global specialty chemical and ingredient distributor representing a premier portfolio from the world's leading producers. With the industry's largest private transportation fleet and North American sales force, unparalleled logistics know-how, deep market and regulatory knowledge, world-class formulation and recipe development, and leading digital tools the company is well-positioned to offer tailored solutions and value-added services to a wide range of markets, industries, and applications. Univar Solutions is committed to helping customers and suppliers innovate and grow together. Learn more at UnivarSolutions.com.
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