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Univar Solutions Strengthens Water Treatment Business Through New Exclusive Partnership With Nutrien™


DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Jan. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Univar Solutions Inc. (UNVR) - Get Univar Solutions, Inc. Report ("Univar Solutions" or "the Company"), a global chemical and ingredient distributor and provider of value-added services, today announced an exclusive partnership with Nutrien Ltd. for the marketing and distribution of hydrofluorosilicic acid (HFS or FSA) in the U.S. and Canada. The agreement strengthens Univar Solutions' ability to reliably service municipal drinking water plants with HFS/FSA.

"We are pleased to add to our strong, existing HFS/FSA business and market-leading water treatment capabilities. This incremental addition of Nutrien's HFS/FSA strengthens our long-term supply of this critical product primarily used in drinking water, and will enable us to continue supporting essential products and services for our customers well into the future," said Brian Jurcak, vice president of product marketing management for Univar Solutions. "Investing in our water treatment business and enhancing our security of supply allows our skilled team, led by our industry expert John Fulcher, to continue helping drive reliable, next-generation solutions for our customers."

Univar Solutions is a leading supplier to the water treatment and municipal water treatment markets in the U.S. and Canada, with an expansive portfolio of chemical products for all water treatment stages. HFS/FSA is a critical ingredient in municipal water treatment as the source of fluoride in drinking water.

Under the terms of the new contract, Univar Solutions has exclusive marketing and distribution rights for HFS/FSA produced from Nutrien's phosphate plant in White Springs, Florida, which is expected to be operational near the end of 2021. The agreement will supplement Univar Solutions' historically sourced supply from Nutrien's Aurora, N.C. facility, which is expected to terminate supply by year end.

About Univar SolutionsUnivar Solutions (UNVR) - Get Univar Solutions, Inc. Report is a leading global specialty chemical and ingredient distributor representing a premier portfolio from the world's leading producers. With the industry's largest private transportation fleet and North American sales force, unparalleled logistics know-how, deep market and regulatory knowledge, world-class formulation and recipe development, and leading digital tools the company is well-positioned to offer tailored solutions and value-added services to a wide range of markets, industries, and applications. Univar Solutions is committed to helping customers and suppliers innovate and grow together. Learn more at

About NutrienNutrien is the world's largest provider of crop inputs and services, playing a critical role in helping growers increase food production in a sustainable manner. Nutrien produces and distributes 25 million tonnes of potash, nitrogen and phosphate products worldwide. With this capability and its leading agriculture retail network, Nutrien is well positioned to supply the needs of customers. Nutrien operates with a long-term view and is committed to working with its stakeholders as they address economic, environmental, and social priorities. The scale and diversity of Nutrien's integrated portfolio provides a stable earnings base, multiple avenues for growth and the opportunity to return capital to shareholders.

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