Presenting the ICIS Top 100 Chemical Distributors

              Presenting the ICIS Top 100 Chemical Distributors

  PR Newswire

  NEW YORK and LONDON, July 15, 2013

NEW YORK and LONDON, July 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

ICIS Chemical Business magazine has unveiled its annual ICIS Top 100 Chemical
Distributors listing ranked by 2012 sales.

Topping the charts once again is Germany-based Brenntag, with $12.8bn in
sales, followed by US-based Univar with $10.3bn in revenues. Germany-based
Helm takes the third spot at around $7bn in sales with US-based Nexeo
Solutions in fourth with sales of $4.1bn.

Currency conversions to US dollars for the ranking were based on year-end 2012
exchange rates.

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

"Each year we strive to compile the most comprehensive list of global chemical
distributors - a critical link in the supply chain for buyers and sellers of
chemicals. This year, we received a record number of entries," saidJoseph
Chang, global editor of ICIS Chemical Business.

The ICIS Top 100 Chemical Distributors is a global ranking based on total
sales. Separately, it also lists leaders in key geographies such asNorth
America, Europe,Asia,Latin AmericaandMiddle East&Africa based on sales
in those regions.

The listing also goes beyond the Top 100 companies by sales. This year we
provide details on 213 chemical distributors around the world.

A new feature this year includes data on sales from trading activities as
opposed to traditional distribution.

We define full-line or traditional distribution as taking possession/title of
the product from a supplier into inventory, typically storing it in a
warehouse, and then transporting it to customers.

In contrast, trading involves acting as an agent for the supplier, negotiating
sales to customers and taking a commission on sales - what is known as agency
or indent sales.

"Whether involved in traditional distribution, trading, or a combination of
both, the firms in the ICIS Top 100 Chemical Distributors provide an
incredibly diverse set of products and services available globally and across
certain regions," said Chang.

"We owe special thanks to the major chemical distributor associations that
made this worldwide listing possible - the US-based National Association of
Chemical Distributors (NACD) http://www.nacd.com , the European Association
of Chemical Distributors (FECC) http://www.fecc.org , Associquim (Brazilian
Association of Chemical and Petrochemical Distributors)
http://www.associquim.org.br , and the Canadian Association of Chemical
Distributors (CACD) http://www.cacd.ca ," Chang added.

"Chemical distributors have continued to grow despite challenging
macroeconomic conditions in many regions. This shows just how vibrant and
innovative this sector has been in dealing with the downturn," said Will
Beacham, deputy editor of ICIS Chemical Business.

ICIS Chemical Business

ICIS Chemical Businessis the leading global weekly magazine focusing on bulk
commodity chemical and polymer markets. Our global team of reporters provides
readers with a trusted executive summary of the key developments in the
chemical markets. This includes price movements, and the factors impacting
these trends in the short and long term. Get a complete perspective of the
chemical markets - all in one magazine. Find out more at
http://www.icis.com/about/icis-chemical-business-magazine

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ICIS is the world's largest petrochemical market information provider and has
fast-growing energy and fertilizer divisions. Our aim is to give companies a
competitive advantage. We deliver trusted pricing data, high-value news,
analysis and independent consulting, enabling our customers to make
better-informed trading and planning decisions. Our global team covers over
120 commodities across markets in Europe, Africa, the Middle East,
Asia-Pacific and the Americas. To find out more, visit http://www.icis.com .

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For editorial inquiries, contact:Joseph Chang Global Editor ICIS Chemical
Business T: +1-212-791-4224 joseph.chang@icis.com Will Beacham Deputy Editor,
London Bureau Chief ICIS Chemical Business T: +44-20-8652-8683
will.beacham@icis.com For commercial inquiries, contact:John Hill Global Sales
Manager - Content Marketing and Advertising ICIS Chemical Business T:
+44-20-8652-3893 john.hill@icis.com