Brenntag acquires OWI Chlor Alkali

Published: 3-Nov-2023

Brenntag has announced the acquisition of OWI Chlor Alkali (Old World Specialty Chemicals and Old World Logistics) from Old World Industries in Northbrook (IL, US)

The business units will be integrated into Brenntag Essentials’ existing network in North America, significantly expanding Brenntag Essentials’ local and regional footprint.
Ewout van Jarwaarde, CEO of Brenntag Essentials, commented: “OWI Chlor Alkali will boost our regional supply chain and sourcing capabilities in North America, in particular for caustic soda and potassium hydroxide."

"By joining forces we gain access to tollgates and infrastructure in the region, supporting growth in our last mile service operations to serve both Brenntag and OWI Chlor Alkali customers better and more efficiently.”
OWI Chlor Alkali is headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois, and was first established in 2016 as distribution business, with the logistics division being subsequently established in 2020.

The OWI Chlor Alkali product portfolio includes caustic soda, potassium hydroxide, methanol, sulfuric acid and glycols. In 2022, OWI Chlor Alkali reported annual sales of $279.7m.

Scott Leibowitz, President for Brenntag Essentials North America, added: “We are delighted to welcome OWI Chlor Alkali to the Brenntag family. Together, we will form a stronger business and create more value for our employees and customers, focusing our efforts into making Brenntag the easiest to do business with.”
Tom Armstrong, Managing Director of Old World Specialty Chemicals, commented: ”Joining the global market leader in chemicals and ingredients distribution is an exciting opportunity for us, and a chance to leverage our setup and market position to reach additional customers with our products and service offering."

"Brenntag’s global sourcing and market intel capabilities will significantly enhance our market position, to which we can contribute as well.” 
Old World’s CEO, Greg Noethlich added: “We are extremely proud of the work our Specialty Chemicals team accomplished and know Brenntag is the right move in taking the business to the next level.”

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