Univar Solutions Opens Latest Solution Center for its Global Ecosystem of Innovation

March 1, 2022

State-of-the-art laboratory to support ingredient and specialty chemical innovation, product formulation application development and more sustainable solutions across Europe and beyond.

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., March 1, 2022 /CNW/ -- Univar Solutions Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) ("Univar Solutions" or "the Company"), a global chemical and ingredient distributor and provider of value-added services, today announced the opening of its latest Solution Center. Located in Essen, Germany, this Solution Center serves as the flagship facility for Europe and as one of the Company's center points for a global hub-and-spoke model of innovation. With a focus on sustainability, collaboration and development, this industry leading facility houses experts in product formulation, benchmark prototyping, product performance testing and efficacy, product analysis, shelf-life testing and more. The team of chemists, scientists and technical leaders will support advancements and help drive demand in the Beauty & Personal care, Homecare & Industrial Cleaning, Pharmaceutical Ingredients and Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants, Elastomers and Rubber & Plastic Additives businesses.

"This latest Solution Center will help our customers solve problems, develop more sustainable solutions and bring new and better products to market, faster," said Nick Powell, president, global ingredients & specialties, and president, EMEA & APAC, for Univar Solutions. "The depth and breadth of available ingredients and specialty chemicals from our broad supplier base further support customers as they work to more quickly respond to regulatory changes, drive innovation, advance trends and meet consumer demand."

Combining the latest scientific advancements with application development support, Univar Solutions works closely with its customers and suppliers to help brands of all sizes grow and thrive. Through the Company's work in its network of global Solution Centers, Univar Solutions provides accountable chemistry, data, digital tools and human ingenuity to help bring an innovative edge and drive solutions for the technical challenges shaping the future of sustainable products, processes and ingredients that benefit the environment and society.

"The future of innovation and technical development starts at Univar Solutions," said Dr. Andrew Mint, director of global solution centers for Univar Solutions. "In our Solution Centers, we're creating unique, more sustainable and innovative opportunities as well as scaling solutions to support growth with our customers while developing solutions to help keep communities healthy, fed, clean and safe – it's that simple." 

Near one of the company's largest operations in Europe, the Solution Center consists of 700 square meters (7,500+ square feet), including laboratories, a pilot plant, meeting rooms and offices. The expertise, innovation and capabilities unique to this Solution Center will serve customer projects end-to-end from concept and development to application testing, launch and distribution. End product applications expected to be developed at the facility include industry staples such as hair care, toiletries, skin care, color cosmetics, topicals, tablet coatings, ointments, dishwashing formulations and building materials.

Discover more at https://www.univarsolutions.com/solution-centers/.

About Univar Solutions

Univar Solutions (NYSE: UNVR) is a leading global commodity and specialty chemical and ingredient distributor representing a premier portfolio from the world's leading producers. With the industry's largest private transportation fleet and technical sales force, unparalleled logistics know-how, deep market and regulatory knowledge, formulation and recipe development, and leading digital tools, the Company is well-positioned to offer tailored solutions and value-added services to a wide range of markets, industries, and applications. While fulfilling its purpose to help keep communities healthy, fed, clean and safe, Univar Solutions is committed to helping customers and suppliers innovate and focus on Growing Together. Learn more at univarsolutions.com.

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