The new range of products from GE has applications in almost all industrial processes and will be very relevant to Univar’s existing customer base, from food and pharmaceutical companies to coatings and energy businesses. Univar will be distributing products across five categories: boiler treatment, membrane separation, odour control, dust control and closed loop internal treatment.

Water treatment is one of the key strategic sectors Univar is focusing on to drive growth in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Adding water treatment products to its portfolio opens up significant new opportunities for Univar’s business. Increasing the proportion of ‘greener’ products in its portfolio is a key pillar of Univar’s U+stainability programme and the opportunity to partner with companies that have strong track records in sustainability, like GE, is very important.

Andrea Natali, regional manager Italy, GE Power & Water said: “At current levels of increasing consumption, water demand will exceed supply by 470 trillion gallons (1780 trillion litres) in 2020. We are creating advanced technologies that help develop new innovations for water purification and conservation that allow customers to run more efficient and responsible businesses. It has been great to work with a company like Univar which has a focus on sustainability that mirrors our own and I am confident that we will do a great job together.”