22-Nov-2012 - DKSH Management Ltd.

DKSH acquires specialty chemicals distributor Staerkle & Nagler

DKSH, the Market Expansion Services provider with a focus on Asia, has acquired the Swiss specialty chemicals distributor Staerkle & Nagler, thereby complementing its market leadership in Asia by strengthening the European operations of its Business Unit
Performance Materials. With this move, DKSH is driving forward the ongoing consolidation of the rapidly growing, yet highly fragmented Market Expansion Services industry.

With the acquisition of Staerkle & Nagler, the DKSH Business Unit Performance Materials, the only company in the chemicals distribution sector with blanket coverage in Asia and Western Europe, is rigorously continuing its targeted strategic expansion. Domiciled in Zollikon near Zurich, the family-owned enterprise, founded 1946 by Emil Staerkle and currently managed by the third generation of the family, will be integrated into DKSH’s Business Unit Performance Materials. Through this transaction, DKSH, already holding a leading position in the global distribution of specialty chemicals, gains access to attractive new clients and several hundred customers in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Also coming on board is an experienced team of distribution specialists. With around a dozen employees, Nagler & Staerkle provides high-quality services in the distribution of food additives and raw materials for the chemical industry. In 2011, Staerkle & Nagler generated net sales of CHF 20.2 million.

With the acquisition of Staerkle & Nagler, DKSH is enhancing the position of its Business Unit Performance Materials as a pan-European distributor, particularly in its domestic market of Switzerland. Moreover, DKSH can extend its activities to Austria through the established distribution channels of Staerkle & Nagler. As an independent solutions provider, DKSH sources, develops, markets and distributes a wide range of specialty chemicals and food ingredients for the food and beverage, personal care and cosmetics, the pharmaceuticals and specialty chemicals industries in 26 countries. Following the takeover, Staerkle & Nagler will, in turn, be able to benefit from the global network and blanket coverage in the Asia Pacific region provided by DKSH.

Both parties have agreed not to disclose any financial details of this business transaction.

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