At IMCD, we’ve always been curious, passionate and ambitious.

Partnerships that last
Right from the early days, we have applied our entrepreneurial mindset to every opportunity that we uncover through working with our suppliers and customers. This, in turn, has fueled our drive to adopt a true partnership model. Not satisfied with being the ‘middleman’, we set out to evolve and became one of the first distributors of speciality chemicals and ingredients to share information transparently, delivering sales data and market intelligence through a single point of contact. Through taking expertise in-house, we’ve grown to provide our customers with the technical know-how they need to turn market trends into products that make a real difference.  

Discover our key milestones


Management and NIBC Private Equity acquire the company from Internatio-Müller. 


Having become a global leader in distribution of speciality chemicals and ingredients


IMCD moved into the Dutch blue chip AEX index


This year marks IMCD’s 25th anniversary

Key milestone 1995

Under the management of Piet van der Slikke several speciality

chemical distribution companies within Internatio-Müller are

combined as a separate division and starts to grow its activities

in EMEA and Australia, establishing a new player in the field of

speciality chemicals distribution.

Key milestone 2001-2004

Management and NIBC Private Equity acquire the company

from Internatio-Müller. The name of the stand-alone organization

is changed to “IMCD”. IMCD adopts a single IT platform in

Europe and a matrix organization along geographic lines and

end markets, enabling distribution on a broad geographical

basis. It also expands its services to regions such as Turkey,

India, and Russia.

Key Milestone 2005-2014 

Two rounds of private equity investments enable accelerated

growth over this decade. IMCD strengthens its activities across

EMEA, enabling pan-European coverage to its suppliers, and

enters new regions with acquisitions and greenfield operations

in Africa, Latin-America, and APAC.

Key Milestone 2014

Having become a global leader in distribution of speciality

chemicals and ingredients, IMCD’s shares are successfully

listed on the Euronext stock exchange in Amsterdam.

Key Milestone 2015-2019 

IMCD expands further in North American (US / Canada) and

successfully establishes a national US footprint, providing

suppliers and customers with coast-to-coast coverage and

expertise. It furthermore strengthens its presence in Latin

America, adding Colombia to its geographical reach, and in

Asia, with acquisitions in India, Singapore, and South-Korea.

During these years, IMCD develops its laboratories into a global

network of technical centers that support its business partners

with high quality technical advice and formulation expertise.

Key Milestone 2019

In March 2019, IMCD moved into the Dutch blue chip AEX


Key Milestone 2020

This year marks IMCD’s 25th anniversary. As of September, IMCD celebrates 25 years of innovation and value creation. Despite challenging market conditions, IMCD successfully embarked on the next steps of its growth strategy by:


  • Expanding our presence to the Middle East with a regional head office in Dubai.
  • The acquisition of Signet in India, providing a significant platform for further growth in India and the APAC region in the pharmaceutical sector, to improve IMCD’s leading position in the distribution of pharmaceuticals.
  • Opening three new and inspiring office locations in Cleveland, St Petersburg and Bangkok.
  • Through acquisitions, we expanded the footprint of our Food & Nutrition business with VitaQualy Comercio de Ingredientes in Brazil and Millikan in Mexico, our Advanced Materials Business with Koko-Fiber in Finland, and our Personal Care business with Ejder Kimya in Turkey and Banner Química in Mexico.
  • Meanwhile, the teams at Unired Químicas, Neuvendis and DCS Pharma were fully integrated.
  • With three enhanced technical centers for Food & Nutrition in North America and Thailand and for Personal Care in Thailand, our globe-spanning teams of technical and sales experts provide our customers with the innovation and support they need to succeed.