Zurich, Switzerland -- DKSH, a speciality chemicals distributor with a focus on Asia, is to distribute products for Stepan Co. across South and Western India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines.
DKSH will provides sales, marketing, logistics, and distribution services to Stepan in these regions under a contract signed in March 2012 at Stepan's Asian headquarters in Singapore.
Under the arrangement, DKSH will distribute Stepan's high-performance surfactants and foam boosters for consumer and household care products, which are used in fabric softeners, household cleaners, industrial and institutional care, among others.
"We have a strong customer base that has been established over 150 years of doing business in Asia, and we are confident that our local business partners will be excited about the opportunity to have access to Stepan's products through our extensive distribution network," said Cesar Saez, vice president, Business Line Personal Care Industry, DKSH Performance Materials.
Stepan is a leading merchant producer of surfactants, which are key ingredients in consumer and industrial cleaners. The company is also a supplier of phthalic anhydride used in polyester resins, alkyd resins and plasticisers.
Stepan's polyurethane polyols and foam systems are used in the expanding thermal insulation market primarily by the construction and refrigeration industries.