Kao Chemicals Europe, part of the Kao Group, a Tokyo-based chemicals and cosmetics company, has expanded its partnership with Univar to distribute its product portfolio in two other European markets: Spain and Portugal.

Kao currently works on three continents in ten countries, including Japan, China, Philippines and Mexico. It provides chemicals for the personal care industry, and also distributes ingredients to the cleaning, textile, and other industries.

“Kao has been a key strategic partner of Univar for 20 years, so we are excited to further expand our collaboration together,” said Nigel Hayes, VP of Univar for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Kao Chemicals’ broad portfolios of surfactants include alkyl ether carboxylates, which are used as mild co-surfactants, emulsifiers and solubilizing agents, as well as polyoxyethylene and alcohol glyoxysulfates, amine oxides and quaternary esters.

Kao Group maintains commercial representation in Brazil for the distribution of products, as well as Univar.