HOOFDDORP, The Netherlands – Barentz International recently announced that the company has acquired Distribuciones Industriales Variadas S.A. (Divsa), a specialty chemicals and life science ingredients 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.

Divsa has commercial and technical teams to serve targeted end-markets including coatings and polyurethanes and offers in-house blending, repackaging and transportation services. 

Hidde van der Wal, CEO of Barentz, said, “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.”

For more information, visit www.barentz.com