Barentz acquires French specialty ingredients distributor Unipex – covering printing inks, coatings and allied industries

Barentz International announced the acquisition of Unipex, a leading French distributor of life science ingredients and specialty chemicals.

The Paris-based company is one of the leading distributors in France, Benelux and Africa and is well known in the French and Benelux markets for innovation and developing cutting-edge trends, effectively utilizing its own formulation labs. The acquisition of this French platform is part of Barentz’s growth strategy to become the world’s leading distributor of life sciences.

The transaction is subject to the satisfaction of specified legal closing conditions, including receipt of European merger control clearances.

The acquisition strengthens Barentz’s presence in France and immediately complements Barentz’s strong European network, while Unipex provides a gateway to strengthen Barentz’s presence in Southern Europe and is a stepping stone for Barentz in North Africa. The acquisition further expands Barentz’s European network of logistics centers and application laboratories.

The current management team will remain in charge and further growth in France is expected.

“Unipex has a very strong position at the heart of the European life science ingredients market, with a focus on France,” said Hidde van der Wal, CEO of Barentz. “Their value proposition as ‘The Intelligent Distributor of Specialties’, operating at the boundary between well-being and performance, fits perfectly with the positioning of the Barentz brand; ‘always create better solutions.’ These solutions enable lasting success for our customers, contractors and all other stakeholders. This acquisition strategically strengthens our position in France and brings continuity and new business development opportunities at local and regional level.


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