The French company specialising in bio-based chemistry continues to expand its global distribution network. Groupe Berkem has just signed an agreement with Azelis for the distribution of its cosmetic ingredients in Thailand and South Korea.

A major global provider of innovation services in the specialty chemicals and food ingredients sectors, Azelis has an extensive presence in Southeast Asian markets, with offices and dedicated personal care laboratories across the region, as well as strategic partnerships with chemical suppliers around the world.

With this new distribution agreement and in the continuity of the previous ones, Groupe Berkem confirms and strengthens its strategy of international networking through specialized distributors, on the Thai and South Korean cosmetic industry markets, for its plant-based ingredients,” says the group in a statement.

Thailand’s growing cosmetic industry is the 3rd largest market in ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), after Indonesia and the Philippines, driven by increasing consumer demand for innovative and high-quality cosmetic products. The South Korean cosmetic market is one of the largest in the world, especially in skin care. Korean consumers are known to be very demanding regarding quality and innovation of beauty products.

"We are proud to pursue our international development strategy by relying on specialized distributors recognized in their markets such as Azelis. We are constantly working to improve and offer our expertise and products internationally in key growth markets such as Southeast Asia. We continue to be flexible enough to fully meet the specificities and local regulations of the markets we serve by relying on our know-how and that of our partners. We are very pleased with this distribution agreement and to be able to benefit from Azelis’ outreach in the Southeast Asian markets,” said Eric Moussu, Vice President of Sales of Groupe Berkem.

“The addition of Groupe Berkem’s range of plant-based ingredients represents a real asset for our product portfolio targeting the Thai and South Korean cosmetic markets. The innovative properties and natural benefits of their products are well aligned with the requirements of our customers in these countries. We would like to thank Groupe Berkem for their trust in Azelis and we look forward to working together to bring our combined technical expertise and innovative formulations to our customers,” added Kimberly Chung, Azelis Asia Pacific Business Development Director.