BRUSSELS, Belgium – Univar, a leading global chemical distributor, has successfully completed the acquisition of the Quaron business in Belgium and the Netherlands. This step reflects Univar’s commitment to strengthening its position in the Benelux. Trading as a combined entity will commence on January 10, 2011.

“There is a strong strategic and cultural fit between the two companies,” said John van Osch, President, Univar Europe, Middle East and Africa. “The expanded product portfolio and increased logistical capabilities provide major benefits for both customers and suppliers as well as supporting our growth plans in the region. The acquisition gives Univar a more balanced geographical spread between the Netherlands and Belgium and offers employees an even wider scope for career progression.”

An integration team has been set up with representatives from both organizations to enhance the merger process. The team covers all business functions and has been established to ensure seamless continuity for all customers, suppliers and business partners.

Quaron’s logistics network in Belgium and the Netherlands is supported by laboratories, tank and warehouse storage, and mixing facilities. It brings additional services such as storage, diluting and mixing.