Brenntag closes acquisition of African distributor Desbro Group

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Brenntag, the global market leader in chemical distribution, has completed the acquisition of the chemical distribution business of Desbro Group in Kenya and the UAE. Completion of the acquisition of Desbro Group in Tanzania and Uganda is expected to take place in the following weeks. The acquisition agreements were signed in September 2018.

Desbro Group, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, is one of the largest and long-standing distributors in East Africa. The Group offers a broad portfolio of commodities and specialty chemicals to diverse strategic customer industries in East Africa and the Middle East such as Plastics, Coatings & Construction, Textile, Water Treatment and increasingly Life Sciences.

Karsten Beckmann, Member of the Board of Management of Brenntag Group and CEO Brenntag Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA): “With Desbro we have acquired a leading and well-respected market player. The company provides us the needed market expertise, organization and infrastructure to build on our strategy to claim outstanding Africa coverage. Combined with Brenntag’s knowhow and existing product and supplier portfolio we will create an overall presence and offering in both Africa and the Middle East.”

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