July 20 2021, David R Brown
Azelis diversifies its presence in France and EMEA through the acquisition of Quimdis
Azelis, a leading distributor in the specialty chemicals and food ingredients industry, has acquired Quimdis, a leading French distributor of ingredients for nutraceuticals, flavors & fragrances, animal nutrition, personal care, pharma and food. This acquisition strengthens Azelis' offering to fast-growing and attractive markets, whilst also enhancing the position of Azelis in the life sciences sector in France and the EMEA region.
Following our recent acquisition of Vigon in North America and now Quimdis, Azelis is well positioned to develop, structure and implement a global strategy for flavor & fragrance marketDr. Hans Joachim Müller
CEO & President at Azelis
Quimdis was founded in 1988 by Jean-François Quarré, Michel Manalt and Claire Couratier, originally focusing on essential oils and active ingredients. It now specializes in the ingredients distribution and formulation development, with solid positions in the French market and with sales into more than 45 countries. Mr. Quarré will remain in his position to support the transition of Quimdis to Azelis. Quimdis is headquartered in Paris and has sales close to €100m. Quimdis' 78 employees serve over 1,000 customers and c.400 suppliers.
Dr. Hans Joachim Müller, Chief Executive Officer & President at Azelis, said: “Following our recent acquisition of Vigon in North America and now Quimdis, Azelis is well positioned to develop, structure and implement a global strategy for flavor & fragrance market with the aim to become a market leader. Quimdis will be our EMEA pilar of that strategy and a crucial part of creating a global flavor & fragrance platform. Quimdis and Azelis will combine its relationships with top tier principals, with the aim of extending mandates in existing and new countries for a number of attractive product groups.”
Mr. Jean-François Quarré, Founder and CEO at Quimdis, commented: “We are delighted about the opportunity to continue to grow our business under Azelis' ownership. As well as benefitting from Azelis' global principal relationships, Quimdis will have access to Azelis' digital marketing and technical capabilities which will allow us to develop and promote innovative and sustainable solutions for the life science industry.”
Closing of the acquisition is expected to take place end of August.
Azelis is a leading distributor of speciality chemicals and food ingredients present in over 50 countries across the globe with around 2,500 employees. Our knowledgeable teams of industry, market and technical experts are each dedicated to a specific market within Life Sciences and Industrial Chemicals. We offer a lateral value chain of complementary products to more than 45,000 customers, supported by ~2,200 principal relationships, creating a turnover of €2.22 billion (2020).
Across our extensive network of more than 60 application laboratories, our award-winning technical staff help customers develop formulations. We combine a global reach with a local focus to offer a reliable, integrated service to local customers and attractive business opportunities to principals. EcoVadis Platinum rated, Azelis is a leader in sustainability. We believe in building and nurturing solid, honest and transparent relationships with our people and partners.
Source(s): Azelis Press Release