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DKSH and CQV Enter Exclusive Distribution Agreement for the UK and Ireland

18 July 2022

DKSH has expanded its distribution agreement with CQV, a leading South Korean
provider of effect pigments, for the UK and Ireland.

London, UK, July 18, 2022 – DKSH’s Business Unit Performance Materials, a leading distributor
of specialty chemicals and ingredients, will provide business development, marketing, sales,
logistics, and distribution services for CQV’s effect pigment range for the specialty chemicals

CQV is a leading premium company, providing high-quality effect pigments for all kind of
applications in thermoplastics, paints, coatings, and inks.

CQV pearlescent pigments are composed of thin platelets of a substrate (natural mica, synthetic
mica, glass-flake, or alumina), thinly coated with a high refractive index metal oxide (mainly TiO2
and/or Fe2O3). By varying the thickness of the metal oxide layer, colour is created through the
separation of incident light into its component wavelengths. CQV pearlescent pigments provide
high chroma and luster as well as better whiteness and colour clearness. CQV’s portfolio also
includes Optically Variable Pigments (OVP) that change the colour depending on the angle.
CQV’s newest coloured aluminium pigments (Stellar) are composed of silver-dollar aluminium
flakes coated with Fe2O3 that offer higher hiding power as well as cleaner and more
chromatic/vivid colours in gold, orange, and red metallic shades.

YG Byun, Marketing & Sales Managing Director, CQV, commented: “CQV has a diverse portfolio of
unique products suitable for wide applications and provides high-quality and differentiated value to
customers. We are pleased to expand our area with DKSH as a partner who has a well-established
global network and provides excellent technical service. Together with DKSH, we will offer a total
solutions package, combining the best quality effect pigments with the highest level of technical

Sylvain Atger, Director, Specialty Chemicals Industry Europe, DKSH, added: “We are very pleased
to build on our successful partnership with CQV in France, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland, by
driving the expansion of CQV’s product portfolio in the UK and Ireland. Our large customer base of
manufacturers in the British Isles will immediately benefit from CQV’s excellent range of pigments.”

About CQV

CQV’s priority is the satisfaction of our customers, employees, and stockholders. By
manufacturing the highest quality products, through innovative research and development we
aim to exceed our customers’ expectations. Providing original products with the highest quality
and verifiable transparency one can be assured in the security of ethical manufacturing practices,
trustworthy sourcing of raw materials, and guarantees of environmental stewardship. Learn more:


About DKSH

DKSH’s purpose is to enrich people’s lives. For more than 150 years, we have been delivering
growth for companies in Asia and beyond across our Business Units Healthcare, Consumer
Goods, Performance Materials, and Technology. As a leading Market Expansion Services
provider, we offer sourcing, market insights, marketing and sales, eCommerce, distribution, and
logistics as well as after-sales services. DKSH is a participant of the United Nations Global
Compact and adheres to its principles-based approach to responsible business. Listed on the
SIX Swiss Exchange, DKSH operates in 36 markets with 33,100 specialists, generating net sales
of CHF 11.1 billion in 2021. The DKSH Business Unit Performance Materials distributes specialty
chemicals and ingredients for food, pharmaceutical, personal care, and various industrial
applications. With 48 innovation centers and regulatory support worldwide, we create cuttingedge
formulations that comply with local regulations. With around 1,370 specialists, the Business
Unit generated net sales of CHF 1.3 billion in 2021.

For further information, please contact:

CQV Co., Ltd.
Eduardo López-Dóriga
Marketing & Sales Director Europe
Phone +34 66 777 4424

DKSH Performance Materials
Daniel Hollister
Director, Group Marketing
Phone +44 20 8879 5500

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