HOOFDDORP, The Netherlands – Barentz International recently announced the acquisition of Distribuciones Industriales Variadas, S.A. (Divsa), a leading specialty chemical distributor in Central America. With locations across Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Panama, Divsa will help bridge Barentz’ presence in North and South America. The team will continue to be led by Mario Mena, Divsa’s President and founder, and the headquarters will remain in Guatemala City. 

Highlights of the acquisition include:

  • Dedicated commercial and technical teams serving targeted end-markets including personal care, flavors and fragrances, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, coatings, and polyurethanes; 
  • Value-add operational services, including in-house blending, repackaging and transportation assets, combine to offer customers unmatched service-levels;
  • Multiple in-house laboratories and technical service teams are highly complementary to Barentz’ global network of more than 30 laboratories across four continents; and
  • A portfolio of blue-chip product lines that provide the opportunity for further expansion of strategic supplier relationships.

Hidde van der Wal commented, “We are thrilled to welcome Mario and his team to the Barentz organization and immediately establish a market leading presence in the Central American region. Divsa has an impressive track record of delivering results for its key stakeholders and we are excited to leverage our combined capabilities to create better solutions that enable sustained success for our customers, principals and employees across LATAM.” 

Mario Mena, President of Divsa, added, “From the beginning, our goal was to establish Divsa as a scalable, differentiated distributor that would be a sustainable home for our employees, customers, and suppliers. Given Barentz’ global footprint, entrepreneurial culture, and proven track-record of successful partnerships with independent businesses, I saw a combination with Barentz as the best way to ensure and continue Divsa’s mission long into the future.”

Learn more at www.barentz.com and www.divsa.com/en