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Univar Acquires Overseas Distributor

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Acting on its commitment to expand internationally, Univar recently signed an agreement to acquire the Quaron Group, a distributor of chemicals in Belgium, France and the Netherlands.

| February 12, 2010

REDMOND, WASH. – Acting on its commitment to expand internationally, Univar recently signed an agreement to acquire the Quaron Group, a distributor of chemicals in Belgium, France and the Netherlands. 

 “We are pleased to announce an agreement to add the Quaron group to Univar’s widely recognized ‘best in class’ distribution, sales and marketing organization,” said John Zillmer, Univar CEO. “The combined organizations will provide Univar’s supplier partners with greater opportunities for sales growth and technical service for their customers. For our customers, the acquisition offers better product selection and enhanced value-added services from our strong logistics platform.”

 “Combining Univar’s and Quaron’s activities in the Netherlands, Belgium and France is a logical fit in this market,” added John Regout, CEO of Quaron. “The expected synergies will mean even better service to customers.”

The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval by the EU Commission. 

Univar, a well-known name in the structural pest control industry, boasts more than 60 professional service centers across the country. The company’s North American Pest Management Operations are led by John Bolanos, vice president, Professional Products & Services, a 33-year veteran of the industry. Bolanos has been given the responsibility of expanding Univar’s footprint in Mexico, South America and the Middle East, in addition to overseeing its Professional Products business in the U.S. “It’s a very exciting opportunity that ultimately will benefit all of our pest control markets,” he said.

In January, Univar also named Chris Wescott to the position of Director – PP&S International and Export Business. In this newly created position, Wescott will direct and manage the growth and expansion of Univar’s business outside the United States. 

Over the course of the last several years, Univar has pursued more opportunities in the export and international segments of its Professional Products and Services business. “Chris has played an important role in developing and driving opportunities with our current export business,” Bolanos said. “His strong skill sets in team building, execution of strategy, and building sustainable alliances with suppliers will be an important asset as he takes this business to the next level.” 

Quaron was created in 2003. It exports chemical products to more than 30 countries. Univar is one of the world’s leading distributors of industrial and specialty chemicals. It represents more than 2,500 chemical producers and provides its customer base, made up of 250,000 customers, with a full portfolio of products. In all, Univar operates a network of approximately 170 distribution centers throughout North America, Europe and China.
 

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