03 October 2012

Global chemical distributor Univar establishes operations in Tunisia

Rotterdam, The Netherlands – 28 September 2012 – Univar Inc., a leading global chemical distributor announced today its legal entity in Tunisia is now fully operational. This office will operate alongside similar entities in Morocco, Egypt and Algeria which together form the backbone of Univar’s North African offering.

Univar has been active in Tunisia for more than a decade, selling products from its French and UK entities, but this is the first time it has established a local operation in the country. Univar’s Tunisian business is headed by Country Manager, Eminn Chahed, who joined the company in 2010, having gained many years experience working in the chemical and energy industries. He is responsible for growing the local customer base and enlarging Univar’s product portfolio in the region. 

“The chemical distribution industry in Tunisia right now is highly fragmented and dominated by domestic players,” explains Nick Powell, Univar’s regional vice president Middle East, Africa, Greece, and Turkey. “There is a significant opportunity for an international distributor like Univar that can leverage a global supply chain but still work closely with customers on the ground.” 

Univar distributes a variety of products in the Tunisian market but the new entity will have an early focus on the personal care and household & industrial cleaning sectors, in particular. Univar also sees strong potential for pharmaceutical ingredients as well as products related to the textiles industry which is very prominent in the region. 

North Africa is an attractive region for many of our partners who are always looking for opportunities to expand into dynamic growth markets,” explains Powell. “It is important that we are able to move with our customers and suppliers, helping them grow their businesses around the world by providing them with the high standard of service and expertise they are accustomed to, wherever they are.” 

Univar is one of the world’s leading distributors of industrial and specialty chemicals. Univar represents over 3,500 chemical producers and provides its customer base, made up of 115,000 customers, with a full portfolio of products. Univar operates a network of 260 distribution facilities throughout North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, and Latin America, with additional sales offices located in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In 2011, Univar reported sales of $9.7 billion. 

Source: Univar