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Univar Solutions Expands Specialty Pharmaceutical and Nutraceutical Ingredient Portfolios with Grace SYLOID® FP Silica for Majority of Europe

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08 Jun, 2023, 08:00 ET

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Agreement provides customers in the majority of Europe* access to supply through Univar Solutions distribution network

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., June 8, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Univar Solutions Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) ("Univar Solutions" or "the Company"), a leading global solutions provider to users of specialty ingredients and chemicals, today announced the Company has reached an agreement with W. R. Grace & Co. ("Grace") to distribute Grace's SYLOID® FP silica for pharmaceutical and nutraceutical markets in the majority of European countries*. The agreement builds upon the existing global relationship between Univar Solutions and Grace in the United States, Brazil, Mexico, and the majority of Europe providing customers access to this multifunctional excipient used in over the counter and prescription drug delivery solutions and supplements.

Univar Solutions Expands Specialty Pharmaceutical and Nutraceutical Ingredient Portfolios with Grace SYLOID® FP Silica

"Excipients are emerging as strategic drug enhancement tools in the growing pharmaceutical and nutraceutical markets. We are extremely pleased to further extend our longtime partnership with Grace, a leading excipient manufacturer," said James Peterson, global vice president, pharmaceutical ingredients for Univar Solutions. "Grace and its customers in major European markets will benefit from our dedicated sales and product management teams, application-specific technical support, and complementary product portfolio. We look forward to helping expedite any qualification processes with our global regulatory resources, product samples, and technical application expertise."

Grace SYLOID® FP silica contributes efficiency and performance in many pharmaceutical and nutraceutical applications, helping to address powder flow and caking challenges. SYLOID® FP silica is engineered hydrated silicon dioxide produced under controlled conditions, meeting USP/NF, EMA, JP, and ANVISA requirements and offering high chemical purity and performance. SYLOID® FP silica is easy to incorporate, offering optimal performance as a glidant, carrier for active ingredients, tableting aid, thickener and disintegrant, which helps improve the handling, adsorption, and dissolution of many pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals. The excipient's unique design combines adsorption capacity, particle size, density, and internal surface area to provide multifunctional benefits or optimize an application. This helps minimize the number of excipients used and the complexity of formulations while expediting manufacturing, ultimately improving the efficacy of the final dosage form.

"Univar Solutions is a world-class organization with an excellent track record in delivering high-value specialty products and services to pharmaceutical and nutraceutical markets. Grace is proud to partner with Univar Solutions and support their portfolio expansion with the addition of SYLOID® FP silica, a leading multi-functional excipient trusted by global organizations for over 50 years," said John Gilbert, vice president, sales for Grace Materials Technologies.

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*European countries represented in the agreement: Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Austria, Croatia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Romania, Albania, Germany, France, Bulgaria, Monaco, Benelux (Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg), UK (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales), Spain, Portugal, Macedonia, Malta, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Greece.

About Univar SolutionsUnivar Solutions (NYSE: UNVR) is a leading global specialty chemical and ingredient distributor representing a premier portfolio from the world's leading producers. With the industry's largest private transportation fleet and technical sales force, unparalleled logistics know-how, deep market and regulatory knowledge, formulation and recipe development, and leading digital tools, the Company is well-positioned to offer tailored solutions and value-added services to a wide range of markets, industries, and applications. While fulfilling its purpose to help keep communities healthy, fed, clean, and safe, Univar Solutions is committed to helping customers and suppliers innovate and focus on Growing Together. Learn more at

About Grace Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace, a Standard Industries company, is a leading global supplier of catalysts, engineered materials, and fine chemicals. The company's two industry-leading business segments—Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that enhance the products and processes of our customers around the world. With more than 4,500 employees, Grace operates and/or sells to customers in over 100 countries. More information about Grace is available at

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