Nov 26, 2021

Ashland appoints Barentz as strategic distribution partner for Pharmaceuticals in Russia

Ashland extends strategic distribution partnership with Barentz in Russia, appointing IMCoPharma as an exclusive distributor for their pharmaceutical product range from the 1st November 2021. Barentz and Ashland have been working for many years in Europe and the extension of the existing partnership between these two companies gives Barentz and IMCoPharma’s pharmaceutical customers in Russia access to a large 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 Russia. 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 said: „Based on our long-lasting European partnership with Ashland, we are delighted to be chosen as Ashland’s exclusive distribution partner for Russia. We are proud to be a partner of an experienced international company with unrivaled range of cellulosic and other polymeric excipients and represent their product portfolio among our customers across the Russian territory. We all look forward to further successful collaboration in the coming years.”

Mr. Lukas Adamec, Commercial Director of IMCoPharma, added: „Our deep knowledge of the territory together with Ashland’s product portfolio will allow us to offer a unique line of products and services to our Russian customers and build our common success and growth on the market. We are delighted to extend our international distribution network by Ashland’s portfolio! “

About Ashland
Ashland (NYSE: ASH) is a global, consumer market-focused additives and specialty ingredients company that is responsibly solving for a better world. Through science and a conscious and proactive mindset for sustainability, we serve customers in pharmaceutical, personal care, architectural coatings, construction, energy, food, beverage, and nutraceuticals. At Ashland, we are approximately 3,800* passionate, tenacious solvers who thrive on developing practical, innovative, and elegant solutions to complex problems for customers in more than 100 countries. Visit ashland.com and ashland.com/sustainability to learn more.

* Reflects employee base following the planned sale in 2022 of performance adhesives.

Trademark, Ashland or its subsidiaries, registered in various countries.

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.

About IMCoPharma
IMCoPharma (since 2020, a part of Barentz group) is a Czech based company dealing with the transfer of APIs and excipients primarily from the EU to all CIS countries and Ukraine. Forming a bridge between the CIS region and the rest of the world for over 25 years, the company became a strong and reliable partner both among suppliers and customers. IMCoPharma’s subsidiaries and representative offices are located in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan.

In addition to key distribution and warehousing services, IMCoPharma provides also sampling services, licensing, contract manufacturing, transfer of technology and regulatory and R&D support in different markets.


Marcel Hölscher,
Global Head of Marketing & Communication
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Joel Prouff
General Manager EMEA- Life Sciences