Brenntag is the global market leader in chemicals and ingredients distribution. The company holds a central role in connecting customers and suppliers of the chemical industry. Headquartered in Essen, Germany, Brenntag has more than 17,000 employees worldwide and operates a network of more than 670 sites in 77 countries. In 2020, Brenntag generated sales of around 11.8 billion EUR. The two global divisions, Brenntag Essentials and Brenntag Specialties, provide a full-line portfolio of industrial and specialty chemicals and ingredients as well as tailor-made application, marketing and supply chain solutions, technical and formulation support, comprehensive regulatory know-how, and digital solutions for a wide range of industries. In the field of sustainability, Brenntag pursues specific goals and is committed to sustainable solutions in its own sector and the industries served. Brenntag shares have been listed at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since 2010, initially in the MDAX and since September 2021 in the DAX. In addition, the Brenntag SE shares are listed in the DAX 50 ESG and DAX 50 ESG Target. For more information, visit


Having entered the chemical distribution business in 1912, Brenntag has successfully expanded to become the global market leader in the distribution of specialty and industrial chemicals, chemical products, and ingredients.


In order to be able to react quickly to the market and customers’ and suppliers’ requirements, Brenntag manages its business through its geographically structured segments in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

Global Presence

EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

Facts and Figures

Leadership: Regional + Global

Christian Kohlpaintner, Chief Executive Officer

Georg Müller, Chief Financial Officer

Henri Nejade, Chief Operating Officer Brenntag Specialtie

Steven Terwindt, Chief Operating Officer Brenntag Essentials

Ewout van Jarwaarde, Chief Transformation Officer

Doreen Nowotne, Chairwoman of the Supervisory board

Strategy Quote:

Brenntag’s growth opportunities along with its resilient business model are based on complete geographic coverage, a wide product and service portfolio and high diversity across suppliers, customers and industries.

List of products/services:

We offer a product portfolio consisting of more than 10,000 chemicals and ingredients for a variety of industries.

Main Achievements

Member of the DAX: In September 2021, Brenntag SE is included in the DAX of Deutsche Börse AG.

Successful go-live of new operating model: In 2021, Brenntag implements its new operating model with two global divisions: Brenntag Essentials and Brenntag Specialties. This marks a decisive step within Project Brenntag, the comprehensive transformation program aiming to expand Brenntag's position as global market leader and to lead the company back to sustainable organic earnings growth.

Expansion of global market coverage: In 2019 in the USA, Brenntag acquires Marlin Company, Inc., expanding its value-added services portfolio, and B&M Oil, fostering its lubricants business. In Latin America, the acquisition of industrial and specialty chemicals distributor Quimisa increases Brenntag’s market position in Brazil. In addition, Brenntag acquires the Taiwanese company Neuto Chemical Corp. and the South African Chemgrit Cosmetics. Also, the acquisition of Tan International strengthens Brenntag’s position in the UK.

Brenntag commits to 100% green electricity by 2025 and joins RE100 initiative: Brenntag commits to switching its electricity consumption completely to green electricity by 2025. In addition, Brenntag joins the global RE100 initiative that unites the largest and most successful companies in their efforts to a complete switch to renewable electricity.

Achievement of gold status for sustainability management in sixth consecutive time: For the sixth time in a row, Brenntag has improved its performance in the EcoVadis sustainability assessment and has been awarded Gold status for its sustainability management.

Steps to Sustainability

Key initiatives the company is putting forward towards sustainability + ESG.


Our goal is to be the safest chemical distributor worldwide. This commitment encompasses the health and safety of our employees as well as product safety and the protection of the environment. Worldwide, we operate in accordance with “Safety First” and we have implemented a global health, safety and environment (HSE) strategy. We are bound by the highest standards in the industry and adopt policies which often exceed statutory requirements.

Protecting the environment has always been of importance to Brenntag. As part of our business activities, we consume water, electricity and different types of fuel, while simultaneously producing waste, waste water and various air emissions. As a chemical distributor, we also deal with products that could damage to environment if they are handled incorrectly. We aim to protect resources and use them optimally around the world, and to minimize the impact that our business activities have on the soil, water and air.

At the same time, Brenntag supports its customers with sustainable solutions and helps to preserve the environment with ecologically efficient products, processes and services.

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Press Contact: Verena Blaschke Brenntag SE Senior Vice President Global Communications +49 201 6496 1213