Brenntag is a full-line chemical distributor selling more than 10,000 industrial and specialty chemicals products. While industrial chemicals often comprise standardized products, specialty chemicals are far more complex and evolve quickly in the different customer industries, such as food, personal care and pharmaceuticals.
At Brenntag, the specialty chemicals business is driven by close collaboration between the Brenntag experts and our partners, leading to long-standing relationships of trust. Our application engineers and sales representatives provide a valuable combination of products, laboratory services, technical expertise and in-depth knowledge of local market requirements to our partners – be they customers or suppliers.
In our Asia Pacific region, specialty chemicals in particular form a major part of Brenntag’s business. In Vietnam, we have established an ultra-high temperature (UHT) pilot plant, mainly serving the important food and beverage industry.
Brenntag Vietnam alone has five application centres focusing on applications around dairy products, beverages, bakery products and UHT treatment in the food industry.
Quyen Nguyen Huu Le, Application Centre Manager in Ho Chi Minh City: “The supply chain in this industry is complex, and we understand the challenges when it comes to product quality, regulatory compliance and the safe handling of products.”
She and her team have developed a chocolate malt drink for a well-known dairy company in Vietnam: “The development of the chocolate malt drink made especially for children and its introduction into the beverage market in Vietnam were a great success. In specialty chemicals, the interaction between the sales team and application engineers on the one hand and the customer on the other is key.
Our sales representatives are in constant contact with our customers, know their requirements and communicate them internally to the technical staff in our application centres. Based on this information, the application engineers are able to develop formulations and recipes in line with our customers’ ideas. Hence, for this chocolate malt drink, we developed a recipe based on a product briefing. We were able to combine different ingredients such as malt extract, flavours and dyes that matched the customer’s expectations perfectly. But in addition to this, we were also able to provide the technical equipment for the production of the drink – the UHT pilot plant. Thus, we helped our customer to save time during product development and reduce overall production costs,” says Quyen Nguyen Huu Le.
Through our worldwide network of application centres, Brenntag offers a variety of value-added services, from product development, quality testing and prototyping to seminars and innovation workshops for our customers and suppliers – ultimately leading to increased flexibility and expertise as well as cost optimization for our partners.
UHT PILOT PLANT
With the UHT pilot plant, Brenntag produces product samples to evaluate the characteristics of the final product.
Application Centre Manager