Brenntag is the only chemical distributor with a truly global footprint. This brings significant advantages because it means we have a global presence as a wellknown brand and global market leader and, at the same time, a local presence for our customers in around 77 countries.
Over the past few years, the company has grown significantly through a number of acquisitions. The expansion of our site network has also brought greater complexity, however. Project Brenntag aims to streamline our global site network.
Applying a “big data” approach, we have analyzed more than six billion data points to understand in detail and optimize the millions of transactions we carry out every year.
Among other things, Project Brenntag aims to make our site network more efficient, improve customer proximity and leverage our scale to optimize our operations. Our site network combines global reach with a strong regional and local focus. In order to support our customers in a better, simpler and more efficient way while maintaining our global reach, we will be consolidating the network to some extent. This will involve constructing new sites, merging sites in close proximity to one another, closing some sites and setting up mega-sites; that is, very large, fully-equipped, full-line sites which operate across regions and serve both divisions.
The optimization of our site network is a multi-year project, on which around 100 of our approximately 700 sites will be closed. Our top priority here is to maintain our service levels and safety standards.
The extensive investments in existing and new sites and the creation of regional centres with suitable capacities and services take into account the requirements of Brenntag Essentials and Brenntag Specialties and will help us to better leverage our economies of scale in logistics.