DKSH has acquired specialty chemicals distributor Tiger Chemicals

Company to expand its market presence in Australia and gain market access to New Zealand

02-Sep-2011 - Australia

DKSH has entered into an agreement to acquire Melbourne-based Tiger Chemicals Company, which will be integrated into DKSH’s Business Unit Performance Materials. With this transaction, Performance Materials gains access to several hundred customers and a sales team with more than 30 years of experience in specialty chemicals distribution.

The takeover of Tiger Chemicals Company strengthens DKSH’s footprint in Australia enabling further growth thanks to an expanded customer base. Moreover, it enables the company, headquarted in Switzerland, to extend its activities to New Zealand through established sales channels, offering an even better market coverage in Asia Pacific to its existing and new clients.

The owner of Tiger Chemicals Company, Rex Gordon, will continue to be actively involved in the business within DKSH Australia to ensure a smooth transfer of the business relationships. Established in 1988, Tiger Chemicals Company imports and distributes specialty chemicals, partly own branded products, and focuses on providing its customers additional value through a solution-selling approach, formulation guidance, stock keeping, and on time delivery.

To enable and manage the strategic expansion and growth of the business in this part of the region, the current Management Team has been enhanced. Michael Joyce has been appointed as Head of Business Unit Performance Materials for Australia and New Zealand. He brings more than 25 years of experience in the specialty chemicals industry to the team. Before joining DKSH, he worked over 20 years for BASF in Australia and Singapore. In his latest position, he was Managing Director BASF Coatings Pty. Ltd, where he was in charge for both the Australian and New Zealand markets. Michael is an Australian citizen and holds an MBA from the Monash University.

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