Sep 02, 2021

Ashland appoints Barentz as strategic distribution partner for Food and Pharmaceuticals for South Africa

Ashland has appointed Barentz as strategic distribution partner for Food and Pharmaceutical ingredients in South Africa. Barentz and Ashland have been working together for many years in Europe and the addition of South Africa is an exciting step to expand the successful cooperation. The extension of the existing partnership between the two companies gives Barentz’ customers in South Africa access to an extensive portfolio of global specialty materials.

Mr. Joel Prouff, General Manager EMEA-Life Sciences: “Barentz is a distributor with whom Ashland has successfully worked in some European countries in recent years and we are pleased to broaden our distribution business with Barentz in South Africa. Barentz offers our customers outstanding support and their team of technical specialists is a valuable resource in creating innovative product solutions.”

Mr. Anthony Litchfield, Global Vice President Pharmaceutical Division at Barentz states: “Ashland are a global leader with their range of specialty excipients and we are delighted to extend our partnership to South Africa. This development follows our vision to be the leading global distribution partner for specialty pharma and nutra ingredients. The local Barentz team will provide technical and commercial support to ensure existing and new customers can take advantage of the formulation solutions that can be provided by this excellent product range.’’

Mr. Gökhan Oran, Global Vice President Human Nutrition Division at Barentz added:  “Building on our long-lasting European partnership with Ashland, we are delighted to be chosen as their new partner for South Africa. Together with our local experts, application specialists and distribution network of our joint venture company SK Chemtrade, we will be able to ensure that Ashland’s polymer expertise is fully incorporated into our solutions for major food applications across South Africa. Our existing and new customers will benefit from the broad product and solution offering while Ashland will benefit from greater market access and local application expertise.”


About Ashland: “Always Solving”
Ashland Global Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ASH) is a premier specialty chemicals company serving customers with a conscious and proactive mindset for sustainability. The company serves customers in a wide range of consumer and industrial markets, including adhesives, architectural coatings, automotive, construction, energy, food and beverage nutraceuticals, personal care, and pharmaceutical. Approximately 4.200 passionate, tenacious solvers – from renowned scientists and research chemists to talented engineers and plant operators- thrive on developing practical, innovative, and elegant solutions to complex problems for customers in more than 100 countries. Visit ww.ashland.com and www.ashland.com/sustainability to learn more.

About Barentz
Barentz is a leading global life science ingredients distributor. The company sources branded specialty ingredients from leading manufacturers worldwide and its ingredient experts provide value-added technical support which includes pre-mixing, blending, ingredient formulation and ingredient testing from its state-of-the-art, customized formulation centers and application laboratories in EMEA, Americas and Asia-Pacific.

Established in 1953, Barentz has operations in more than 60 countries with a strong presence in Europe and North America, and a rapidly growing network in Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Africa. With a turnover of €1.85 billion, the company employs around 1,750 people worldwide and serves over 21,000 customers.

Since 2019 Barentz has a joint venture with SK Chemtrade Services Pty Ltd, a leading product development company, and supplier of specialized ingredients to manufacturers of food, beverages, pharmaceuticals, and dietary supplements in South Africa and its neighboring countries.

For more information, visit: www.barentz.com and www.skchemtrade.co.za



Marcel Hölscher,
Global Head of Marketing & Communication
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SK Chemtrade Services
Colleen Ferrao
Marketing Director

Joel Prouff
General Manager EMEA- Life Sciences