ICIS Top 100 Chemical Distributors 2014 listing unveiled

21 July 2014

ICIS Chemical Business magazine has unveiled its annual ICIS Top 100 Chemical Distributors listing ranked by 2013 sales.

Germany-based Brenntag maintains its #1 position on the leaderboard with $13.5bn in sales, followed by US-based Univar with $10.3bn in revenues. Germany-based Helm weighs in at #3 with $6.9bn in sales but this figure includes chemical production. US-based Nexeo Solutions is #4 overall with sales of $4.5bn.

Currency conversions to US dollars for the ranking were based on year-end 2013 exchange rates.

The ICIS Top 100 Chemical Distributors ranking is available for download in PDF form at http://www.icis.com/pages/icis-top-100-chemical-distributors.

“Chemical distributors are a critical link in the supply chain, and the breadth and variety of product lines, capabilities and geographic reach are absolutely stunning. This year we have a record 231 entries – up from 213 in the previous year,” said Joseph Chang, global editor of ICIS Chemical Business.

The overall listing goes beyond the Top 100 companies by sales. This year we provide details on 231 chemical distributors around the world.

The ICIS Top 100 Chemical Distributors is a global ranking based on total sales. Separately, it ranks leaders in key geographies such as North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America and Middle East & Africa based on sales in those regions.

“We could not fully engage in this global effort without the great help and support of the major trade organizations - US-based National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) www.nacd.com, the European Association of Chemical Distributors (Fecc) www.fecc.org, Associquim (Brazilian Association of Chemical and Petrochemical Distributors) www.associquim.org.br, the Canadian Association of Chemical Distributors (CACD) www.cacd.ca, and UK-based Chemical Business Association (CBA) www.chemical.org.uk,” Chang said.

For editorial inquiries, contact:
Joseph Chang
Global Editor
ICIS Chemical Business
T: +1-212-791-4224

For commercial inquiries, contact:
John Hill
Global Sales Manager - Content Marketing and Advertising
ICIS Chemical Business
T: +44-20-8652-3893

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