Azelis, a leading distributor of specialty chemicals and food ingredients, is proud to announce its new distribution agreement with Stepan Company, one of the largest surfactant manufacturers in the world. Azelis will take over the distribution activities for all surfactants from Stepan Company in Scandinavia. 

Highlights & rationale 

  • The new mandate covers Stepan Company’s full surfactants product portfolio in Scandinavia. 
  • Azelis already has a long-lasting distribution partnership with Stepan Company in other European countries. 
  • This new agreement underlines Azelis’ commitment to organically grow with its key partners in EMEA. 

Stepan Company offers a broad range of products, including a full line of anionic, cationic, nonionic and amphoteric surfactants, as well as surfactant blends and specialty esters. The company also creates custom surfactants and formulated blends to meet unique customer demands for tailor-made solutions. Surfactants are a key ingredient in functional and consumer markets, and Stepan Company provides ingredients for both consumer and industrial applications. 

The new distribution agreement with Azelis is in line with Stepan Company’s global strategy to consolidate its distribution network. The long-lasting and fruitful relationship in other EMEA regions was a reason for Stepan Company to entrust Azelis with the distribution of its surfactants in the new region now. Additionally, Azelis showed excellent market presence, knowledge and technical development skills to optimally serve and expand Stepan Company’s customer base in Scandinavia. 

Marnik Tack, Market Segment Director for Home Care & Industrial Cleaning at Azelis, comments: 

“Stepan Company’s high-quality surfactants range will be a great asset for the Azelis product portfolio in Scandinavia. This new distribution agreement enables us to offer innovative, tailor-made solutions to the Azelis home care and personal care markets in Scandinavia. It is also an important acknowledgment of our continuous efforts to be a preferred and trusted partner on a global scale.” 

Philippe Nastasi, European Sales Director at Stepan Company, adds: 

“Azelis has proven to be an excellent partner to us over the past few years. Their market presence, customer intimacy and technical knowledge are exactly what we were looking for, and the innovative work they have done in their technical development labs will bring extra value to our local customer base. We’re very much looking forward to this new collaboration in Scandinavia.” 

Striving to become the benchmark in the industry when it comes to a full set of innovative services, Azelis has expanded the number of its labs from 12 to over 60 since 2012, 7 of those being dedicated to Home Care and Industrial Cleaning. The high number of application labs allows the company to serve the local market needs while at the same time helping customers to shorten their time to market. 

About Azelis 

Azelis is a leading distributor of specialty chemicals and food ingredients present in over 50 countries across the globe with around 2,200 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 about 40,000 customers, creating a turnover of €2.15 billion (2019). 

Throughout 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. And we believe in building and nurturing solid, honest and transparent relationships with our people and partners. 

Impact through ideas. Innovation through formulation.

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