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Unipex Group

Status
Realised
Country
France
Strategy
Mid Cap
Sector
Consumer
Entry
Sep-12
Exit
Jul-15
Fund
IK 2007
Website

Smart distributor of specialist cosmetic and pharmaceutical supplies

Unipex Group is a leading global manufacturer and distributor of natural active ingredients and specialty chemicals for the cosmetic, pharmaceutical, nutrition and industrial sectors.

It is also active in the areas of vigilance and consumer testing through its Iris division. Its distribution and marketing network employs 190 people and serves more than 50 countries in North America, Europe and Asia.

The Unipex Group was acquired by IK 2007 in September 2012. Unipex’s distribution business in North America was sold in April 2015 to US strategic player Koda. In July of the same year, Unipex’s distribution business in Europe was sold to the management team. Subsidiary Lucas Meyer Cosmetics was sold to International Flavors & Fragrances, also in July 2015.

Our Value Creation Strategy

During our ownership, we worked alongside the management team to:

  • Diversify the Group’s offering and leverage its market positioning; and
  • Drive expansion through selective add-on acquisitions.