Cognis Ion Transfer Chemicals appoints BSI and BSG as Distributors for the Alamine® and Aliquat® reagents.

Cognis Corporation Functional Products Group’s Ion Transfer Technology appoints Brenntag Specialties, Inc. and Brenntag’s North American e-distributor service unit Brenntag Solutions Group as Distributors for the Alamine® and Aliquat® reagents for use in non–metallic extractions and phase transfer catalysis (PTC) in North America.

This decision is based on the companies’ commitment to increase the value of the service and supply capabilities of these product lines. Cognis believes Brenntag is the ideal partner to fulfill this role. Brenntag’s excellent service reputation, regional strength and presence, highly experienced sales force and convenient stocking locations across the U.S., make them a perfect choice for customers’ Alamine and Aliquat reagent sourcing needs.

Brenntag Specialties, Inc. and Brenntag Solutions Group will help provide sales, technical support and product development functions for Cognis PTC Alamine and Aliquat reagent lines throughout North America.

“The synergy provided by the Cognis / Brenntag agreement will enhance the service to existing Aliquat® customers, speed the development of new potentials for PTC applications and provide the chemical industry with lower cost, greener processes. Brenntag Solutions Group and Brenntag Specialties will assume responsibility for managing specific accounts covering both technical sales and product support functions,” notes Steve Olafson, Global Business Manager, Ion Transfer Technologies. “Brenntag Specialties and Brenntag Solutions Group are proud to add the Cognis PTC Alamine and Aliquat product lines to our portfolio, as it vastly improves our service capability to our key target markets and customers,” notes Bill Fluharty, Vice President, Brenntag Solutions Group.

About Brenntag
Brenntag, the global leader in chemical distribution recorded global 2008 sales of USD 10.8 billion (EUR 7.4 billion). Today the company operates in excess of 300 locations with more than 11,000 people in 64 countries. In keeping with the company’s strong position in world markets, Brenntag is committed to providing value to its customers and suppliers through superior supply chain logistics, single sourcing, technical assistance and other value added services. Brenntag offers an unrivalled, extensive and state-of-the-art distribution network for industrial and specialty chemicals to its suppliers and customers alike throughout the world.

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About Cognis
Cognis is a worldwide supplier of innovative specialty chemicals and nutritional ingredients, with a particular focus on the areas of wellness and sustainability. The company employs about 5,900 people, and it operates production sites and service centers in 30 countries. Cognis has dedicated its activities to a high level of sustainability and delivers natural source raw materials and ingredients for food, nutrition and healthcare markets, and the cosmetics, detergents and cleaners industries. Another main focus is on products for a number of other industries, such as coatings and inks, lubricants, as well as agriculture and mining.

Cognis is owned by private equity funds advised by Permira, GS Capital Partners, and SV Life Sciences. In 2008, Cognis recorded sales of about 3 billion euros and an Adjusted EBITDA (operating result) of 351 million euros.


	Hubertus Spethmann

Hubertus Spethmann Brenntag AG Vice President Corporate Communications +49 201 6496 0