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Univar expands in the Baltics with Distribution Agreement and new office

Published on 2010-08-17. Author : SpecialChem

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Univar, a leading global chemical distributor, announced that it has signed a distribution deal with Celanese Emulsion Polymers, a global leader in emulsion technology and application development. The agreement establishes Univar's position in the Baltic region following the recent opening of its office in Lithuania.

Under this new agreement, Univar will distribute Celanese Emulsion products to the coatings, adhesives, nonwovens, glass fibers, textiles, paper and construction industries. Celanese offers one of the broadest and most comprehensive portfolios of waterborne emulsions in the world and is a leading producer of vinyl-based emulsions globally.

Also announced that is the appointment of Sales Manager, Gintaras Sabonis, who will manage Univar's Baltic business out of the new Lithuanian office. He will be responsible for developing Univar's business in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, covering a wide range of industries including pharmaceutical, personal care, coatings, construction, food, energy and refinery.

"The Baltic region is very exciting with a lot of great opportunities for Univar. Our agreement with Celanese is in response to increasing demand for innovative and sustainable technologies, and Celanese will be a valued partner in our efforts to continuously deliver cutting-edge products to our extensive customer base across the region," explains Ola Tengroth, Regional Director for Nordics and Baltic Region. "Gintaras' solid background in the Baltic and pan-European chemicals industries makes him the right person to lead our business in the Baltics, and with him at the helm we will be equipped with the talent, network and expertise to achieve our goals in this budding region."

"With the appointment of Univar, we found a partner with deep knowledge of and expertise in this region," says Michael Sauer, Regional Sales Manager Eastern Europe, Celanese Emulsions. "In addition, Celanese has a strong focus on innovation and sustainability and it is important that our partners share this commitment."

Univar's strong sales and marketing teams complement chemical producers and create value for customers. The company provides technical expertise in application development, excellence in logistics support, and outstanding customer service to help its partners grow their business.

About Univar:

Univar is one of the world's leading distributors of industrial and specialty chemicals. Univar represents over 2,500 chemical producers and provides its customer base, made up of 80,000 customers, with a full portfolio of products. Univar operates a network of 179 distribution facilities throughout North America, Europe, and China. In 2009, Univar reported sales of $7.2 billion.

Operating from 56 distribution centres in 25 countries across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, Univar's 2,200 local employees serve more than 28,900 customers in a diverse range of industries including coatings, food, personal care, pharmaceuticals, and other major sectors.

About the Emulsion Polymers Business of Celanese:

The Emulsion Polymers business of Celanese is a global leader in developing products and application technology to improve performance, create value and drive innovation in a broad range of industrial and consumer end-use applications including adhesives, coatings, engineered fabrics, glass fibers, paper, textiles and more. The business has manufacturing facilities worldwide and is supported by expert technical service regionally.

Source: Univar

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