April 1 2019, David R Brown
Oqema group acquires Italian chemical distributor Elettrochimica Valle Staffora (EVS)
German-headquartered Oqema group has acquired the Italian chemical distributor Elettrochimica Valle Staffora (EVS) based in the greater Milan area. EVS's products and services complement Oqema's portfolio in their business lines industrial, food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, water treatment, and rubber and resins. The current annual turnover of EVS is just under EUR 60 million.
EVS is a traditional, reputable Italian company that, in close, trusting collaboration with its highly valued director, has moved forwards continuously over the decadesPeter Overlack
CEO of Oqema
EVS is a family-run company with around 50 employees. In Rivanazzano Terme, a town between Milan and Genoa, it maintains a storage area of approx. 50,000 m2 with a neighboring reserve plot of 50,000 m2. A second EVS site is located in Milan.
Peter Overlack, CEO of Oqema, sees the growth in Southern Europe as a consistent continuation of the company's European strategy. “EVS is a traditional, reputable Italian company that, in close, trusting collaboration with its highly valued director, has moved forwards continuously over the decades, unhurriedly and calmly, patiently and reliably. We are happy that Olindo Deserti, our spiritus rector, will remain part of the management of the company for years to come! Olindo inherited the company from his father and turned it into a market leader in northern Italy in just a few years,” said Overlack.
OQEMA, formerly Overlack, is one of is one of the ten largest chemical distributors in Europe with revenues of around EUR 820 million in 2018. Over 1,000 employees currently work for the OQEMA Group at 40 locations in 18 countries. The company is in the third generation of family ownership and has been lead by CEO Peter Overlack since 1988.
Source(s): Oqema Press Release