Univar Solutions and personal care ingredient maker Sasol sign US distribution deal

By Deanna Utroske

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At the start of the month, South Africa – based Sasol Chemicals and Univar Solutions announced a distribution agreement that has Univar as the company’s primary distributor of alcohols and surfactants here in the US as well as in Canada.

“Univar Solutions' warehousing, distribution, logistics network, and digital marketplace leadership will enable Sasol to enhance our customer service and help meet our sustainability goals,” ​explains Victoria Stolarski, Sasol's Director of Marketing and Sales for global alcohols and US surfactants, in this month’s press release about the deal.

“Through Univar Solutions,” ​she says, “we will gain packaging and shipping efficiencies that will help us reduce both plastic use and fuel consumption.”

A beauty ingredient distribution partnership that offers sustainability and service

Like many specialty chemical and ingredient distribution companies, Univar Solutions is a value-added business (one that offers services and advantages beyond the core sales and logistics businesses of ingredient distribution). And these sorts of above-and-beyond advantages seem to be key to the Univar – Sasol partnership.

“We are extremely pleased to help Sasol reach its sustainability goals and appreciate the trust placed in Univar Solutions,” ​says Brian Jurcak, Vice President of Product Marketing Management at Univar Solutions, in this month’s press release announcing the deal.

“Through this expanded agreement,” ​he says, “Sasol's customers will also benefit from our extensive sales team, application-specific technical support, and complementary product portfolio;” ​adding that “This partnership utilizes our shared organizational strengths.”

“Sasol's expansive alcohol and surfactant portfolio fits well with our vertical market focused approach and best-in-class Solution Centers,” ​notes Jurcak. “Together we can offer unique, tailor-made solutions, while delivering the high service standards expected by our mutual customers.”

Sasol Chemical serves the personal care industry and many others

Alcohols and surfactant products for use in personal care product formulations are just a fraction of the Sasol Chemical business.

Even the Performance Chemicals business division (which comprises Organics, Advanced Materials, and Waxes) at Sasol serves several industries and are used in products that range from: “detergents, cleaning agents, personal care, construction, paints, inks and coatings, metalworking and lubricants, hot-melt adhesives, bitumen modification and catalyst support for automotive catalysts and refineries as well as other specialty applications including oil and gas recovery, agriculture, plastic stabilization, and polymer production,” ​according to the company site.

Sasol is a publicly traded (listed on both the Johannesburg and New York Stock Exchanges) global chemicals and energy company, doing business in some 30 countries. “Through our talented people, we use our expertise and selected technologies to safely and sustainably source, manufacture and market chemical and energy products globally,” ​explains the Sasol ‘About’ page. 

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