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Our Business

Founded in 1924 and headquartered in Redmond, WA, Univar is a leading global distributor of industrial and specialty chemicals, with an extensive network of over 260 distribution facilities in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America, and additional sales offices in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Our 7,600 employees serve over 115,000 customers in more than 115 countries, representing nearly every major industry and a highly diverse set of end markets.

We source chemicals from more than 3,500 producers, including the premier global chemical manufacturers, and distribute more than 4,500 chemical products.

Univar is a world leader in the distribution of chemistry and related products and services. Our scale, geographic reach, diversified distribution channels, industry expertise, and comprehensive product portfolio enable us to develop strong, long-term relationships with our suppliers and to provide a single-source solution for our customers, including:

Extensive global distribution network

Our global footprint enables us to serve more than 115,000 customers in over 115 countries. Our comprehensive chemicals inventory and logistics network, combined with electronic ordering and shipment tracking, centralized fulfillment, and just-in-time delivery, provide significant value for both customers and suppliers.

Scale and operational efficiencies

Our geographic reach offers significant operational efficiencies in global procurement, purchasing scale and supplier relationships. As one of the world's largest independent chemical distributors, we are able to leverage our cost structure by aggregating demand and implementing best practices throughout the supply chain.

Long-standing, strong relationships with major producers

We have long-standing, in many cases decades-long, relationships with more than 3,500 chemicals producers, including the premier global manufacturers. As a preferred partner, we often purchase chemicals on favorable market terms and source scarce products from multiple producers and regions.

Broad product offering and value-added service portfolio

We provide our customers with a one-stop shop solution for their commodity and specialty chemicals needs. Our comprehensive portfolio of over 4,500 products and more than 110,000 SKUs serves customers in a diverse range of industries. We also offer value-added services, including: formulations and technical expertise, blending, mixing, repackaging, and labeling.

End market and product-specific expertise

We help our customers identify and select chemicals to enhance the performance characteristics of their end products. Our dedicated teams of professionals offer industry-specific expertise, and our specialized laboratory facilities provide formulation capabilities and analytical services.