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IK Investment Partners sells Unipex Solutions Canada to KDG

KODA Distribution Group (KDG) has acquired Unipex Solutions Canada Inc, a provider of active ingredients, specialty chemicals and other chemical products for cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, nutrition and other industries. The financial terms of the transaction were not released. Unipex Solutions Canada, which is based in Boucherville, Québec, was sold by European private equity firm IK Investment Partners, which bought the company’s French parent from AXA Private Equity in 2012. KDG said the acquisition reinforces its position as a specialty chemical distributor in North America.


KODA Distribution Group Welcomes Unipex Solutions Canada

STAMFORD, Conn., April 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — KODA Distribution Group (KDG) and the Unipex Group announced today KDG’s acquisition of Unipex Solutions Canada, a leader in specialty chemicals distribution in Canada. The acquisition exemplifies KDG’s strategy of focused growth in specialty chemicals and reinforces its position as the premier Specialty Chemical Distributor in North America.

Unipex Solutions Canada:

Unipex Solutions Canada, headquartered in Quebec, Canada, is a division of the Unipex Group. They are a leader in the Canadian market, with a strong focus on technical sales and support, along with exceptional customer service and commitment to EH&S. Unipex Solutions Canada is a member of the CACD. Patrice Barthelmes. President and CEO of Unipex Group declares “First, I would like to acknowledge Jean-Pierre Pelchat and Bernard Vinet for their leadership and commitment and heartfully thank each single member of the team who did an excellent job along the years. KDG is inheriting a group of highly qualified and professional people. Unipex Solutions Canada has reached a stage where KDG will be a perfect partner for its future and it is the right time for our Group. ”

Geographical Reach:

Frank Bergonzi, CEO and President of KDG states, “Unipex is a perfect fit for us. Our strategy has always encompassed growth geographically, and this acquisition expands our reach in the Canadian market. Along with Tempo, we can now service a broader customer base.”

Jean-Pierre Pelchat, GM of Unipex Solutions Canada, will continue to lead this autonomous, Canadian division and report to Frank Bergonzi. Mr. Pelchat stated, “Unipex Solutions Canada’s energetic and ambitious staff is very excited to become part of KDG, as we share the same values and work ethic. This strategic move ensures the continuous growth of our principals’ market share in the Canadian market.”


KODA Distribution Group (KDG) is the leader in specialty chemical distribution in North America. KDG is organized around industry verticals in the U.S. and Canada in the following focus markets: CASE (Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants & Elastomers), Specialty Ag, CARE, Life Sciences, and Industrial (Plastics, Lubes & Metalworking). Each industry vertical shares similar approaches to their markets: deep technical expertise and market knowledge; a service platform that includes marketing and product management; a network of technical centers (application labs) to support customers; a focus on customer intimacy; and an absolute devotion to customer service. KDG is headquartered in Stamford, CT.

For more information, please contact Terry Mullin, Marketing Manager, at or at 203.883.1477.

About Unipex Group

Unipex Group is a privately held company specializing in the development, production, marketing and distribution of active ingredients, specialty chemicals and other chemical products in the cosmetics, pharmaceutical, nutrition and industrial sectors. It is also active in the areas of vigilance and consumer testing through its Iris division. Its distribution and marketing network serves more than 50 countries in North America, Europe and Asia. It counts six offices across North America and Europe. Unipex Solutions Canada is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Unipex Group responsible for the North American distribution activities of the Unipex Group in the cosmetics, pharmaceutical, nutrition and industrial sectors. Additional information regarding the Unipex Group is available on its website

SOURCE KODA Distribution Group

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