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Barentz to acquire Majority Stake in Austrian Distributor Noack

Netherlands-based Life Science Ingredients Distributor enhances Presence in Central & Eastern Europe

Life science ingredients distributor Barentz International N.V. (Hoofddorp, The Netherlands) announced that it has acquired a majority stake in Noack Group (Vienna, Austria), a specialized distributor of ingredients for the Animal Nutrition and Feed industry. In addition, the company serves the Food and Veterinary industry with a wide range of agrofood and veterinary diagnostic test systems.


Founded 1980 in Switzerland as a trading company involved in bartering transactions, and today headquartered in Vienna, Noack posted a turnover of EUR 60 mn in 2020. With more than 130 employees, the group has an extensive presence in Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. In the adjacent smaller countries, such as Northern Macedonia, Bosnia & Hercegovina and Moldavia, Noack cooperates with local partners, Barentz said in the announcement. 


The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory and merger control approvals. No financial details were disclosed on the transaction.


Source: Barentz press release, Noack Group website


HGE – DCG / 01.03.2021

HSH Chemie GmbH opens Subsidiary in Latvia

Expansion of Coverage of the Baltics Region brings Number of Offices to thirteen across CEE

Specialty chemicals distributor HSH Chemie GmbH (Hamburg, Germany) has recently established subsidiary HSH Chemie SIA in Latvia’s capital city Riga. The new subsidiary will serve the whole Baltic region. It expands on a representation office, which was established ca. three years ago, HSH Chemie said in the announcement.

HSH Chemie had sales of EUR 190 mn in 2018 through the group’s commercial activities as agent and distributor in 20 countries, throughout Central and Eastern Europe. 

Source: HSH Chemie press release; HSH Chemie website

HGE – DCG / 14.02.2020

TER GROUP and Rather GmbH end their joint Investment in HSH Chemie GmbH

Strategic Realignment in Central and Eastern Europe for HSH Chemie and TER Chemicals

In a joint announcement a few days ago, Rather GmbH (Hamburg Germany) TER Hell & Co. GmbH (Hamburg, Germany), the holding company of chemicals manufacturer and chemicals, food ingredients and polymers distributor TER  GROUP, announced that the two companies have decided to end their joint ownership of chemical distributor HSH Chemie GmbH (Hamburg, Germany).


In the recently connsumated transaction Rather GmbH acquired the 40% of the shares held by parther TER GROUP and is now the sole shareholder og HSH Chemie for undisclosed sum. According to a joint statement, the transaction follows a re-assessment of both parent companies’ strategic priorities.


Christian Westphal, Managing Director of TER Hell & Co. GmbH stated that his company was “aming to continue the cooperation with HSH Chemie in areas where synergy effects exist”.  At the same


HSH Chemie had sales of EUR 190 mn in 2018 through the group’s commercial activities as agent and distributor in 20 countries, served from 12 sales offices throughout Central and Eastern Europe. Rather GmbH is the finance holding in which the Hamburg-based Rather family bundles its commercial activities. It is managed by Stephan F. Rather and founder Friedrich A. Rather.


Source: TER GROUP & HSH Chemie press release; HSH Chemie website; DistriConsult analysis


HGE – DCG / 24.01.2020