Azelis announces the acquisition of YDS in Benelux

3 November 2010

To reinforce its local representation in Benelux, Azelis announces the acquisition of YDS Chemicals NV, Belgium, a distributor of speciality ingredients in the Benelux.

Azelis, the leading pan-European distributor of specialty chemicals, announced today the acquisition of YDS Chemicals, a Belgian based distributor of speciality ingredients.

YDS Chemicals specialises in the distribution of personal and home care ingredients, pharmaceutical excipients, speciality food and performance chemicals in the Benelux market. The YDS entrepreneurial business, founded by Yves De Somere in 1992, offers a large variety of specialty products such as adjuvants for crop protection, surfactants, oleo-chemicals, textile auxiliaries and food ingredients.

With this regional acquisition, Azelis continues to reinforce its activities in Benelux within the Personal Care, Chemical Industries and Food & Health business lines.

“We are very happy to welcome YDS to the Azelis Group”, said Joris Coppye, Chief Executive Officer of Azelis. “Their business complements our industry-focused product range. The combined organisations will ensure a leading position in the Benelux market and give greater synergies, creating new business and operational opportunities for our customers in the three main business areas. YDS is also a perfect fit as their strong entrepreneurial spirit and business focus is in line with the DNA of Azelis. “

“Combining YDS’ and Azelis’ activities is also a logical step for the future growth of YDS”, said Yves De Somere, General Manager of YDS. “Our business is not just about products. Our core business is to provide effective solutions for customer issues and this is where the combined strength of Azelis and YDS brings real added value. Our young and highly qualified team of 30 people is looking forward to working together with the knowledgeable and focused sales team of Azelis.”