About Chemical Distribution

The Chemical Distribution sector is of crucial importance for the European economy.

Fecc Members – many of which are family-owned enterprises – create value in the chemical supply chain by meeting the demands of over 1 million downstream users ranging from all branches of the Industry, with their specific needs and diverse purchase volumes.

Fecc represents around 1,600 companies with around 30,000 employees at more than 1,300 sites handling 22 million tonnes shipped with an industry turnover of approximatively €28 billion.

More than 30,000 employees
€28 billion annual sales
1,600 companies (SMEs)

The chemical distribution business is a very diverse industry that covers different sectors and provide customized solutions. Sectors include: pharmaceuticals, construction, paints & coatings, agriculture, cosmetics, food & feed, automotive to mention some.

The activities that are part of the chemical distribution industry, include: packaging, logistics, warehousing, mixing, blending, formulating, technical support, training, recycling, research & development, innovation, ingredients.

At the center of the supply chain, the distributors have to deal with four main key factors: geographical and time related distances, quality balancing, assortment of goods and service. One of the main objectives of the distributor is related to the supply management and how to be a real added value.

Distributors face many challenges to remain competitive, including: promptness of service and short delivery times. Different sectors, which means different areas of expertise in hazardous, pharma and food ingredients to respond to a vast majority of clients. And finally, distributors aim to provide services that are cost competitive through a centralized group management.

As the market needs are very precise, our industry needs to follow not only the current market trends but also be able to provide formulatory excellence, a vast product portfolio, a service-oriented experience and a ready to use solution.

About distribution
What is Chemical Distribution?

Credit: IMCD Germany

About distribution
The activities:
Logistics & Packaging

One of the key roles of the European chemical distribution sector is to bring flexibility to clients when it comes to volumes and packaging. We ensure that our clients can get what they need, in whatever quantity they need, and whenever they need it.

Formulating

Chemical distributors help clients develop bespoke formulations that fit their specific needs. Our reach, scale and client proximity allow us to develop tailored solutions, even in smaller quantities.

Recycling

We help our clients recycle both packaging and products in a safe and efficient manner. Our hubs ensure that products and all kinds of packaging materials are collected and transported safely to be recycled.

Research & Development

The European chemical distribution sector goes beyond simple distribution. We are a driver of chemical innovation supporting clients by developing new, tailor-made products with unique properties.

Training

Every year, we help trains thousands of people in the safe handling and responsible use of chemical products. This training drive efficiency and ensure that we comply with the most ambitious HSE standards.

Warehousing

Chemical distributors store chemicals safely and in optimal conditions for their clients. They help manage inventories effectively and efficiently and contribute to optimising supply chain processes.