Invitation ICTA General Assembly

Invitation ICTA General Assembly

The next ICTA General Assembly will be organized on Tuesday 11th of June in Sitges, near Barcelona.

During the meeting Mr. Marco Mensink will give a presentation. As the Secretary General of Cefic, he can provide a unique insight in the global and European policy developments concerning the chemical industry. He is known for his valuable and sharp commentary.

Subsequently ICTA will explain its recent progress and goals for the future.

After that, there will be a cocktail reception, kindly sponsored by Edgar Nordmann. Your spouse is also invited to the reception and please feel free to bring any other guests that are active in the chemical distribution industry.

The timing of the program is:
- 14.00 – 17.00 General Assembly
- 17.30 – 19.30 Cocktail Reception

Prior to the General Assembly there will be ICTA meetings of the RC/RD committee (at 10.30) and the Transport & Security committee (at 11.30). If you are interested in joining a committee meeting, please let us know.

The meetings will take place in the Sitges. The ICTA event precede the Fecc Annual Congress, which starts the next day in the ME Sitges Terramar Hotel.
You are requested to arrange your own travel and accommodation. If you decide to stay in the ME Sitges Terramar Hotel, you can make use of the reduced room rates that apply for the participants of the Fecc congress. If you do not intend to attend the Fecc, please contact the ICTA secretariat for obtaining the preferential rate.

Could you let us know (here) whether you will attend the General Assembly and whether you will bring any colleagues? Looking forward to seeing you in Sitges!

ICTA seeks to build global bridges in distribution

ICTA seeks to build global bridges in distribution

Source: ICIS website on 2019/03/22

The International Chemical Trade Association (ICTA) seeks to build further alliances with global chemical distributortrade associations and individual chemical distributors, itssecretary general said.

“We are building bridges between associations in differentcountries, especially in countries with no distribution tradeorganisation,” said Robert Stuyt, secretary general of the ICTA. “Here we can work in the interest of distributors by helpingto bring up safety standards and spreading the importance ofResponsible Care and Responsible Distribution,” he added.

For chemical distributors with operations worldwide, the ICTA can act as their distributor trade group in that country, he noted.

The ICTA operates three working committees – on substance,safety, health and environment (SSHE); transport and security (T&S); and Responsible Care (RC) / Responsible Distribution (RD).
“We support and initiate activities to better develop international chemical trade. If you’re a US distributor that does business in India, and know that a company there iscovered under an ICTA programme, you may be more confident in their operations,” said Stuyt.

The ICTA is building ties with the Indian Chemical Council(ICC) which represents all branches of the chemical industryin the country, from petrochemicals and inorganics to dyes,fertilizers and specialty chemicals.

In 2018, the ICTA and ICC signed a memorandum ofunderstanding (MoU) for cooperation on ResponsibleCare/Responsible Distribution (RC/RD), the global standardfor environmental, health, safety and security performance. “We want to have a joint workforce on RC/RD and holdworkshops where we bring in local and internationalpartners,” said Stuyt.

In 2019, the secretary general also plans to seek ties with the China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation (CPCIF), the country’s largest producer association.
“We would want to work on RC/RD with them and would aim foran MoU, but it is too early to discuss at this stage,” said Stuyt.

The ICTA works to increase the visibility of the chemical distribution industry at global intergovernmental organisations, and engages with policy makers, journalists and other business associations.

For instance, the ICTA is closely involved in United Nations initiatives such as the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) where it is involved in developing the post-2020 framework, Stuyt noted.

Stuyt-dame.jpgThe ICTA views itself as the distributors’ version of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) which is an umbrella group for chemical producers. The ICTA has intensified contact with the ICCA on sustainability, the circular economy, RC/RD and other issues, said Stuyt.
Both organisations are also aligning their advocacy messages at intergovernmental organisations, such as UN Environment, he added.

The ICTA’s member associations include the European Association of Chemical Distributors (Fecc), the US-based National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD), the Brazilian Association of Chemical Distributors (Associquim), Mexico’s National Association of Chemical Industry (ANIQ) and the UK’s Chemical Business Association (CBA), among others.

ICTA also has 19 member companies, including global distributors Brenntag, Univar and Azelis. “Company members gain access to global best practices and knowledge of legaland technical issues,” said Stuyt. “Next to that, they receive early updates on intended global policies and the possibility of influence on the development of those policies. Members also have the opportunity to meet their global peers at ICTA’s biannual events,” he added.

Source: ICIS website on 2019/03/22

Member news

Member news

Brenntag acquires a regional US specialty chemicals distributor and a lubricants business
Brenntag has acquired New England Resins & Pigments Corporation, a regional distributor of specialty chemicals and packaging solutions with commercial operations predominantly in the New England states. The company services mainly the coatings and constructions, adhesives and other specialty industries. See here.

In addition, Brenntag signed an agreement to acquire the lubricants division of Reeder Distributors. Reeder Distributors that is a regional, integrated lubricant distributor headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Reeder Distributors' fuel and equipment divisions are not part of the acquisition. See here.

In addition Brenntag has agreed regional partnerships with Infineum (here and here),  Wanhua America (here), 3M (here), Hexion (here), MANE (here) and Tee Hai Chem Pte (here).

Univar completes acquisition of Nexeo Solutions and re-launches as Univar Solutions
Univar has completed the acquisition of Nexeo Solutions. The company is rebranding the combined business as Univar Solutions. Earlier it was announced that Univar and Nexeo Solutions would divest its Nexeo Solution’s plastics distribution business to One Rock Capital Partners for an enterprise value of $640 million, subject to customary closing adjustments. See here and here.

STOCKMEIER acquires the industrial chemicals division of Spanish distributor, Indukern
The German-headquartered STOCKMEIER Group has bought the industrial chemicals distribution division of the Spanish Indukern. The division generated sales of € 80 million with 70 employees last year. The agreement was a result of Indukern's decision to focus its growth strategy on life sciences. See here.

Azelis acquires companies in India, Poland and Canada
Azelis has acquired 100% of family-owned distributor, MK Ingredients & Specialties and SSD Industries in India. MK is well respected in the local market and has strong relationships with customers in food applications such as confectionery, bakery and dairy. Non-food segments include paints and coatings as well as chemicals for industrial markets. Azelis will also take over MK’s food laboratory. All employees and management will be joining Azelis India. See here.

Next to this, Azelis has agreed to acquire 100% of Euroconsultant, a Polish distributor of flavours, shelf life extenders and other products predominantly for the meat segment. The transaction sees all employees joining the Azelis team and the deal is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2019. See here.

Azelis has also strengthened its presence in Canada through the acquisition of Chemroy, a Canadian distributor of specialty chemicals and food ingredients. The transaction will place Azelis as one of Canada's leading specialty distributors with a strong position in the CASE (coatings, adhesives, construction and ink), food, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and personal care segments. See here.

Lastly, Azelis has extended its distribution agreement with BASF Colors & Effects in Turkey, for their range of pigments used in paints, inks and special applications (here) and with WeylChem Performance Products, a supplier to the homecare, industrial & institutional cleaning and surfactant markets (here).

Biesterfeld acquires distribution rights for Solvay’s sulfone polymers in UK and Ireland
Biesterfeld is strengthening its partnership with Solvay Specialty Polymers. With effect from April 2019, the distributor will handle sales of the sulfone polymers Udel PSU, Radel PPSU and Veradel PESU in the UK and Ireland. See here.

Caldic expands offering in Italy and Benelux
Caldic Italia has announced the agreement with Spanish company ABT - Agarose Beads Technologies for the distribution of their products (here). In Italy Caldic and Cargill have signed an agreement which makes Caldic Italia the exclusive distribution partner in Italy for the whole product range from Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business (here). Meanwhile, Caldic Benelux has signed an agreement with Armor Pharma for the distribution of their products in the Benelux (here).

Cornelius expands product offering
Cornelius has announced a new principal, Algaia, for the distribution of Algaia’s range of eco-friendly proprietary ingredients. These are formed using algal extracts derived from brown seaweed, including Satialgine and Algogel (here). Cornelius has also signed an agreement to distribute Pritty Pearlescent Pigments bronze powder substitute to the UK manufacturing industry (here).

The NRC Group is now known as Nordmann
The multinational chemical distribution company known as The NRC Group has repositioned its brand and is now operating under the uniform brand name Nordmann. This step is part of a new strategy that the distributor of chemical and natural raw materials and specialty chemicals has taken up in response to changes in the global market (here).

VELOX announces distribution partnership with Porcher Industries
VELOX, an IMCD company, announced a distribution partnership with the global company Porcher Industries in Benelux, UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Spain/Portugal. See here.

Chemlink Specialities Ltd and Addi-Tec Ltd are now part of the Harke Group
Harke Group has acquired Chemlink Specialities and Addi-Tec, both formerly businesses within the Chemlink Group in the UK.  This provides Harke Group with a strong UK base and expands the products and services offered to Chemlink Specialities and Addi-Tec customers. Harke Group plans to implement additional lab resources at the Chemlink Specialities head office in Manchester.

Chemlink Specialities was established in 1994. It operates as a speciality distributor of chemicals across UK and Eire. Their focus is on personal care, household and industrial, and pharmaceutical industries in particular.  Established in 2005, Addi-Tec is active in the chemical distribution to the paints, coatings, and plastic processing industries by offering an application and for mulation led approach backed by a comprehensive product range from quality manufacturers.