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Chemical distributor OQEMA expands its network with acquisition of Proquibasa

Liedberg, 10 March 2021. The OQEMA Group has taken over the Spanish chemical distributor Proquibasa S.A. and will integrate the company going forward. The company, which focuses on the sectors of coatings, construction and adhesives; industrial cleaning, textile and water treatment; food, feed and pharma, has been active in the Spanish distribution market for over 40 years, and more recently in Portugal and North Africa.

Founded in 1966, Proquibasa is one of the leaders in the distribution of chemicals in Spain today, standing out for their great service capacity and flexibility. The company has two main warehouses located in Barcelona and Madrid and a network of warehouse locations across Spain and Portugal. Proquibasa’s range of commodity and semi-speciality products and their value-added services fit perfectly with OQEMA’s ‘full-line’ distribution offering.

Ivan Sanchez, who has successfully managed Proquibasa with a team of over 60 people since 2016, and who will be leading the company in the future, said: ‘Our roots are medium-sized and family-run. OQEMA is therefore the best possible partner for us to marry our local roots and spirit with the benefits of an international distribution company.’

Peter Overlack, CEO of OQEMA AG, is looking forward to expanding and developing the business on the Iberian peninsula, a geographical gap that the distributor had not been able to close in the past. Peter Overlack is happy that the acquisition of this mid-sized family-owned company with a strong cultural resemblance to that of OQEMA was possible – and he is optimistic that many fruitful years lie ahead for the company.