Chemical distribution industry

Chemical distributors make sure that producers have the chemical substances they need to manufacture products for everyday use.

Chemical distribution industry

Over 100,000 chemical substances are used to make an almost infinite number of products. Chemical distributors make sure that producers have the chemical substances they need to manufacture anything from cosmetics to cola cans and from paints to cheese. Chemical distributors play an essential role in the world economy by enabling well-functioning supply chains of both bulk and specialty chemicals. By outsourcing to chemical distributors with local expertise, chemical producers can reduce their operational complexity and expand into new markets. These markets may be hard to service for chemical producers for instance because they are far away, fragmented or highly specialized.

  Services by chemical distributors
  Market development

Background and added value of ICTA

ICTA was formally established in 2016 to represent the interests of over 1300 chemical distributors world-wide. Among the members of ICTA are formulators, wholesalers, distributors, resellers, importers, exporters, sales offices of the chemical industry and logistics service providers. Today, ICTA national association members have an aggregate direct turnover in excess of 55 billion euros and employ more than 70.000 employees.

ICTA creates a stronger global chemical distribution industry. It fills the need for a world-wide chemical association coordinating work on issues and programmes of international interest to the global chemical trade industry. ICTA provides a platform where chemical distributors can meet and exchange information and best practices. ICTA also advocates for its members on a global scale. It ensures emphasis of the importance and necessity of the chemical distribution industry at global governmental organization. In order to ensure effective international co-operation and sensible policies, ICTA is directly involved with international policy making processes and plays an active role in several global organisations, such as OPCW (here), SAICM (here) and the G7 Chemical Security Working Group.

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