Official formation of Brenntag South Africa


Brenntag supplies as many as 185,000 customers in 74 countries around the world; Michael Thomson is chief executive of Brenntag South Africa

BRENNTAG, a global market leader in chemical distribution, has officially established Brenntag South Africa.

Following the merger of the separate operating entities, including Lionheart, Plastichem, Multilube and Warren Chem Specialities, Brenntag SA was officially launched on 1 October 1.

The business includes chemical distribution and services in the life science (food, nutrition, pharma and personal care), material science (plastics, rubbers, polymers and lubricants) as well as industrial sales & services sectors.

Michael Thomson, president of Brenntag Africa, said the “new company has a focused commercial set-up, specifically tailored to customer industry sectors and leveraging on the expertise and skills of the former individual companies, ensuring that the business is strategically and operationally better positioned to realize growth”.

“Bringing the individual companies together has allowed for the development of a customer-centered approach, aided by dedicated product management, strengthened departments for safety, quality & regulatory affairs and more streamlined and efficient operations functions,” added Thomson.

Carl Blomme, regional president for Brenntag Europe West and MEA, said: "The new structure is a perfect commercial organization leveraging our expertise to serve our valued customers and suppliers. It is of mutual benefit to both employees and the company.

“Due to our performance excellence culture, our focused organization will create an environment where individuals can develop and where we can assure delivering the best services to our business partners.”

Brenntag South Africa is one of the leading chemical distributors for specialty chemicals in the southern African region. The new company has about 180 employees and locations in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.


About Brenntag

Brenntag is headquartered in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany, and operates a global network with more than 550 locations in 74 countries. In 2016, the company, which has a global workforce of around 15,000 employees, generated sales of €10,5-billion ($11,6-bn). Brenntag connects chemical manufacturers and chemical users. With over 10,000 products and a world-class supplier base, Brenntag offers one-stop-shop solutions to around 185,000 customers. This includes specific application technology, an extensive technical support and value-added services such as just-in-time delivery, product mixing, formulation, repackaging, inventory management and drum return handling. Long-standing experience and local excellence in the individual countries characterize the global market leader for chemical distribution.