Brenntag acquires South African cosmetics players

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Brenntag has expanded its global footprint for the distribution of fine chemicals with the bolt-on acquisition of South African company Chemgrit Cosmetics.

Chemgrit Cosmetics is a part of the larger Chemgrit chemicals group and is an independent fine chemicals distributor, specializing in the South African market for personal care and cleaning products.

The newly acquired company has an advanced distribution network throughout South Africa, where it serves a market that has continued to return steady growth for both personal care and cleaning products.

Building on Brenntag’s cosmetic distribution worldwide

Brenntag is a major player in the global market for the distribution of fine chemicals and ingredients for the cosmetics and personal care market, so the acquisition will sit well in its existing portfolio, as well as extending its presence in South Africa.
“With the acquisition of Chemgrit Cosmetics we expand the industry segment and scope for Brenntag South Africa in specialties,” ​said Karsten Beckmann, member of the management board for Brenntag Group and CEO of Brenntag EMEA.

“The company’s cosmetics focus perfectly complements our existing national food and pharma business and supports our ambition to achieve a strong position and comprehensive offering in South Africa.”

Providing full service for South African clients

Chemgrit Cosmetics currently operates three warehouses in South Africa. The first in Johannesburg, the second in Durban and the third in Cape Town, and had a turnover of Euros 5 million in 2018.

It is also owns an in-house laboratory to provide value-added services including mixing, refilling redistribution and delivery, as well as formulating and testing of material and product support.

“Based on a dedicated structure and team, Chemgrit Cosmetics has a strong foothold in Personal Care which is one of the fastest growing market segments in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa,” ​said Anthony Gerace, Brenntag Group’s managing director for mergers and acquisitions.  

“Brenntag can use its existing structure in East and West Africa as well as Maghreb to roll out the cosmetics business line in the region.”

 The transaction is expected to be completed by the 3rd​ quarter of 2019.

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