Univar distributing K2 Pure Solutions bleach in California

08/09/2011 in Company News

Redmond, Wash. – August 9, 2011 – Univar Inc., a leading global chemical distributor, announced today that it has started distributing bleach produced by its long-standing partner K2 Pure Solutions from the company’s new plant in Pittsburgh, California.

Univar is responsible for marketing and distributing all bleach produced for market by the K2 plant, with the first deliveries having been made last Thursday, August 4, 2011. Univar will focus mainly on its sizeable California customer base.

The recently completed, state-of-the-art K2 facility is one of the first to deploy the company’s cutting-edge ‘Inherently Safe Technology’ (IST) which enables the manufacture of bleach using only water, salt, and electricity. This eliminates the hazards of importing railcars of chlorine that travel unguarded through heavily populated areas. The plant will produce 50 million gallons of bleach annually.

“K2’s Inherently Safe Technology is a real step forward in terms of the way bleach is manufactured today,” says Gary Graf, Vice President Product Management, Univar. “We are always looking to bring our customers the newest and most innovative products on the market and we are sure that K2’s additional bleach capacity will be welcomed by the market.”

“The completion of our Pittsburgh facility is an important development for our organisation and it is vital that we are supported by the right distribution partner,” explains David Cynamon, Executive Chairman, K2 Pure Solutions. “We have enjoyed a long-standing partnership with Basic Chemical Solutions and have always been impressed by their technical expertise and strong customer relationships. We have no doubt that, following its acquisition by Univar, Univar will continue to be the right partner to bring our product into the market.”

About Univar

Univar is one of the world’s leading distributors of industrial and specialty chemicals. Univar represents over 2,500 chemical producers and provides its customer base, made up of 80,000 customers, with a full portfolio of products. Univar operates a network of more than 170 distribution facilities throughout North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, and Latin America, with additional sales offices located in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In 2010, Univar reported sales of $7.9 billion. For more information, visit: www.univar.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Univar and Facebook at www.facebook.com/Univar.

About K2 Pure Solutions

K2 Pure Solutions manufactures products essential to modern life through environmentally sustainable and Inherently Safe Technology.

K2 Pure Solutions helps provide an answer to eliminating the need to transport chlorine for water purification and disinfection by deploying and funding a North America wide network of state-of the-art facilities utilizing inherently safe technology. K2’s facilities will mitigate the potential environmental, security and operational risks associated with the transport of chlorine for water treatment by producing exceptionally pure bleach, caustic soda and other chlor-alkali products using only salt, water and electricity in the most economically viable manner.

K2 Pure Solutions was founded by David Cynamon and Howard Brodie, the founders of KIK Custom Products, North America's largest contract manufacturer of private label household bleach, personal care and household cleaning products. K2 also includes Centre Partners (www.centrepartners.com) among its partners; a leading middle market private equity firm with offices in New York and Los Angeles. David Cynamon and Howard Brodie have partnered with Centre Partners since 1997. For more information visit: www.k2pure.com.


For further information, please contact:

Karen Weber-Millstein
Director - Corporate Communications Univar
T +1 425-889-3495
M +1 (425-498-7741
karen.webermillstein@univarusa.com