HOOFDDORP, The Netherlands – Barentz International recently announced that it will acquire Unipex, a leading French distributor of life science ingredients and specialty chemicals located in France. The Paris-based company is reportedly one of the leading distributors in France, Benelux and Africa and is well known in the French and Benelux markets for innovation and leading trend development, efficiently using its own formulations labs. The transaction is subject to the completion of legal and specified closing conditions, including the receipt of European merger control clearances.
Unipex provides a gateway to strengthen Barentz’ southern European presence and provides a steppingstone for Barentz in North-Africa. The acquisition further extends Barentz European network of logistic centers and application laboratories. Unipex is regarded as the ESG and sustainability benchmark in the French market, which fits into Barentz’ global ESG program. The company announced that the current management team will remain in charge.
Hidde van der Wal, CEO of Barentz, said, “Unipex has a very strong position in the heart of the European life science ingredients market, with the focus on France. Their value proposition as ‘The Smart Distributor of specialties,’ operating on the edge between welfare and performance perfectly matches Barentz’ brand positioning: ‘always creating better solutions.’ These solutions enable sustained success for our customers, principals and all other stakeholders. This acquisition strategically strengthens our position in France and brings continuity and new business development opportunities on a local and regional level.”
Patrice Barthelmes, CEO of Unipex, added, “We have placed sustainability, corporate social responsibility and both principals and customer satisfaction at the heart of our growth strategy. We both share the same core values and ambitions, and we are confident we will be able to continue our journey successfully together. We are looking forward to joining Barentz’ global network of highly skilled and talented ingredient experts. Above all, we feel the cultural similarity based on our shared beliefs will result in a prosperous long-lasting partnership.”