Caldic completes acquisition of UK chemical distributor Omnichem

Caldic said Friday it had finalized its takeover of Omnichem, a UK based chemical distributor. Caldic undertook the acquisition as a complementary addition to its operations in the UK. The firm is keen on reinforcing its UK offering, with a strategy that is focused on an expanded foothold. Caldic’s last takeover was concluded last month, with the continued acquisition geared at further expanding its businesses.

Olav van Caldenborgh, chief executive officer of Caldic said the addition of Omnichem brings the addition of acid and lyes operations to Caldic, further complementing the firm’s UK product portfolio. According to Olav, Omnichem presented a perfect acquisition fit for Caldic, given the fact that it is a service oriented firm, just like Caldic. On his part, Omnichem chief executive officer, John McKeon reiterated as well that the acquisition was a perfect fit, as the two firms have complementary businesses.

The two companies are a perfect match and compliment each other’s businesses by their products, logistic services and distribution network, said McKeon. Caldic is a Dutch chemical producer and food ingredient supplier. Caldic’s main area of business is in the distribution of chemicals, supporting a wide range of markets thus with this acquisition, the Dutch firm is simply reinforcing its growth as a distributor, said Olav.

Caldic’s existing operations are mainly targeted at solvents, specialty chemicals and food ingredients. As such, the acquisition of Omnichem, with its distribution services for acids and lyes comes as a perfect fit and addition to Caldic’s existing business operations. In that sense, it expands Caldic’s product offering and portfolio, said Olav.

The acquisition in effect completes Caldic’s UK offering and its product offering, having taken over the acids and lyes business, said the firm in a statement. Caldic UK's food activities are separated into two areas namely Functional and Aromatic Ingredients. The company's aromatic range includes herbs & spices, dehydrated vegetables and flavors. Its functional range includes a full range of hydrocolloids including CMC, preservatives and antioxidants.

Omnichem is a leading UK distributor of high quality chemicals supporting a range of industries. The firm distributes from its sites in Leicester and Dewsbury. Delivering personal and efficient services, the firm specializes in providing a rapid response to customer’s requirements.

As a member of the CBA, the firm is committed to the responsible care program and maintains a high standard of packaging and transporting of chemicals.

3 Oct 2010.