Univar announces deal with K2 Pure Solutions to market and distribute new production of hydrochloric acid

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REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 22, 2012 /PR Newswire/ --

 Univar Inc., a leading global chemical distributor, announced today it has signed an agreement with long-standing partner, K2 Pure Solutions (K2 Pure) to market and distribute hydrochloric acid (HCL).

K2 Pure was one of the first manufacturers to create and deploy the cutting-edge process known as Inherently-Safe Technology (IST). IST enables the manufacture of chlor-alkali products, such as HCL, bleach, and caustic soda, using only water, salt, and electricity. This eliminates the hazards of importing railcars of chlorine that travel through heavily populated areas.

'K2 Pure's Inherently Safe Technology is a revolutionary step forward in the way chlor-alkali products are manufactured today,' says Brian Jurcak, vice president product management at Univar. 'Quality and safety are crucial to customers using these materials, and we are certain K2 Pure's additional hydrochloric acid capacity will be well-received in the market.'

Production and distribution of HCL began in July from K2 Pure's Pittsburg, California facility.

'We have been impressed with Univar's superior technical expertise and strong customer relationships in North America, so this is a natural expansion of our relationship. Having access to customers through Univar's already well-established network gives us a strong platform for growth,' explains David Cynamon, executive chairman of K2 Pure Solutions. 'We have no doubt that Univar will continue to be the right partner to bring our products to market, now and into the future.'

About K2 Pure Solutions
K2 Pure Solutions manufactures products essential to modern life through environmentally sustainable and Inherently Safe Technology.

K2 Pure Solutions helps provide an answer to eliminating the need to transport chlorine for water purification and disinfection by deploying and funding a North America wide network of state-of the-art facilities utilizing inherently safe technology. K2 Pure Solutions' facilities will mitigate the potential environmental, security and operational risks associated with the transport of chlorine for water treatment and other industries by producing exceptionally pure bleach, hydrochloric acid, caustic soda and other chlor-alkali products using only salt, water and electricity in the most economically viable manner.

K2 Pure Solutions was founded by David Cynamon and Howard Brodie, the founders of KIK Custom Products, North America's largest contract manufacturer of private label household bleach, personal care and household cleaning products. K2 Pure Solutions also includes Centre Partners among its partners; a leading middle market private equity firm with offices in New York and Los Angeles. David Cynamon and Howard Brodie have partnered with Centre Partners since 1997. For more information visit: www.k2pure.com

About Univar
Univar is one of the world's leading distributors of industrial and specialty chemicals. Univar represents over 3,500 chemical producers and provides its customer base, made up of 115,000 customers, with a full portfolio of products. Univar operates a global network of more than 260 facilities in North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, and Latin America, with additional sales offices located in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In 2011, Univar reported sales of $9.7 billion. For more information, visit: www.univar.com.

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