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Univar expands key distribution agreements; names new U.S. president

By Tim Wright

Published April 1, 2009
Univar has announced an expansion in distribution partnerships with three major companies for its coatings business. Univar became the distributor for the Dow Wolf Cellulosics range of thickeners that were developed especially for waterborne coatings including Walocel XM, CRT and MT.

Univar has also formed a partnership with Ionic Solutions, a UK-based producer of dispersants, thickeners and defoamers. Univar’s partnership with this company is valid within all of Western Europe.

Univar is also now official distributor of Feng Hong Clay Chemicals via Hong Kong-based Addinova Ltd in Benelux, France, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the UK. Feng Hong is known for producing bentonite-based materials, providing the market with economic alternatives to some of the established organoclay, hectorite and polyamid grades.

These affiliations will allow Univar to offer a larger portfolio of products and solutions to the coatings industry. “These three new partnerships are highly significant for Univar,” said John van Osch, Univar’s president EMEA. “They allow us to further complement and broaden our existing product portfolio of paints and varnishes giving our customers more variety.”

Univar has also named David Strizzi as president of Univar USA effective April 6, 2009. Strizzi joins Univar following a 34-year career with three Fortune 100 companies. He began his career at Procter & Gamble and served as the operations manager for the company’s Duncan Hines facilities. In 1986, Strizzi joined Pepsi Bottling Group where he held senior management positions responsible for all aspects of bottling operations: manufacturing, warehouse, logistics, sales and distribution, technology and customer service processes. Following the spin-off of the Pepsi Bottling Group in early 1999, Strizzi joined Cardinal Health as the general manager for the pharmaceutical division’s Midwest region, managing a $3 billion business. He became executive vice president leading the entire pharmaceutical distribution business, a $70 billion business unit.

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