Performance Materials

DKSH is a leading specialty chemicals and food ingredients distributor and global provider of Market Expansion Services for business partners in the specialty chemicals, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and personal care industries.

We obtain the best products at the most advantageous prices and provide instant access to markets around the world through our comprehensive network, global relationships and sourcing offices, strategically located worldwide.

We develop cutting-edge products and solutions in our 44 state-of-the-art innovation centers to allow us to meet the ever-growing needs of our customers, create opportunities for our clients and strengthen our competitive advantage.

We research, develop and launch new product ideas and value-added formulations thanks to the deep industry expertise, application know-how and innovative approach of our over 1,100 specialized staff in 32 markets.

This enables our over 250 clients, 1,650 suppliers and 20,000 customers to benefit from strategic market insights, reduced operating costs, decreased time-to-market intervals, competitive prices and new revenue opportunities.

Our vast and constantly growing geographic reach in Asia, Europe and North America allows us to speak the local languages and understand the local business environments to enable business partners to expand in new or existing markets. We have been providing Market Expansion Services for more than 150 years.

We are committed to providing service excellence through sourcing, inbound logistics, product formulation and application, marketing and sales, distribution and logistics and after-sales services. Grow and expand your business with DKSH.

Market Expansion Services across the performance materials industry Innovative specialty chemicals and food ingredients through Market Expansion Services

What DKSH can do for you Expand your markets with DKSH Performance Materials

We provide all essential services from global sourcing, marketing and sales to distribution and after-sales services.
We offer total supply chain management, including regulatory services, which allow us to optimize processes, develop new products and accelerate innovation cycles.

Our services at a glance

DKSH is the one-stop-shop for specialty chemicals, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and personal care companies looking to grow their business worldwide. Our vast and constantly growing global geographic reach – prime focus being on Asia, Europe and North America – means that we speak the local languages and understand the local business environments.

We offer tailored services that create new opportunities for clients and customers including:

With 41 sourcing offices worldwide, we provide the reliable sourcing of raw materials by offering instant access to markets around the world for hard-to-find ingredients and alternative sources.

Our 44 state-of-the-art innovation centers formulate winning solutions enabling our partners to innovate for growth. Our experts harness their deep industry expertise and innovation capabilities to generate, develop and customize product ideas, find new ingredients and technology applications, provide hands-on training and run acceptance tests to cut time-to-market for our business partners’ products.

We develop market access strategies and turn ideas into success. We innovate new marketing ideas and concepts and create new market opportunities for existing specialty chemicals and food ingredients, in accordance with local regulations. 

We provide exceptional distribution opportunities for chemical producers around the world, and especially in Asia, through our vast and constantly expanding global footprint.

We also offer a complete inbound logistics service for raw materials with just-in-time delivery and customized repackaging, including quality assurance, safety and compliance with industry regulations.

We care about new products and accompany them all the way.

Besides our core services, we also offer a range of specialized services:

For our clients, we provide registration and regulatory consulting services to ensure fast and efficient market entry for specific products or product portfolios. Our local regulatory experts will make sure that our business partners’ products comply with local and complex regulations in their target markets.

For our customers, we offer a global supplier qualification and certification program to ensure a safe and sustainable supply of raw materials. Based on our acknowledged supplier evaluation, we provide in-depth quality information and improve supply and product quality from existing and new suppliers.

We also offer a full range of selected own-brand products with an undivided quality promise to ensure consistent product quality.

We help our key clients to grow their businesses in the most effective way by ensuring strategic alignment with our organization on a global level and guaranteeing seamless communication via a single point of contact. Together, we find new business opportunities and ways to make them happen in the markets by leveraging on DKSH’s global coverage in all major chemical markets. Through this service, key clients are provided with detailed and transparent business reporting in state-of-the-art key client reports, consolidating information about total global collaboration. In addition, our Marketing Information Services specialists provide you with market and business intelligence to understand the global and local markets better and support strategic decision-making.

Why partner with DKSH Clients choose to work with DKSH for its solution-driven business model

  • Food & Beverage
  • Personal Care
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Specialty Chemicals
  • DKSH innovation services

    Innovation services: production innovation, formulation support, technical consulting

  • DKSH sourcing services

    Sourcing services: technology scouting, supplier identification, supply chain outsourcing

  • DKSH Safety, Environment, Quality and Regulatory services

    Regulatory services: regulatory consulting, supplier certification, product registration

  • Information services via smartphone

    Information services: key client reporting, marketing intelligence, market research

Performance Materials Event Calendar

We raise awareness of our clients, services and product portfolios within our many served industries by strategically exhibiting at a variety of trade shows worldwide. In order to support the expansion of our clients’ businesses in new or existing markets, we also host and co-host technical seminars on product, formulation and innovation topics. 

Find out where we will be next with our useful event calendar.


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Success stories

  • DSM Food Specialties

    Cultivating success for DSM Food Specialties in South Korea

    In 2014, DKSH started a strategic regional collaboration with DSM Food Specialties BV, a leading global manufacturer of food enzymes, cultures, savory ingredients and other specialties for the food and beverage industry, to market its food enzymes and cultures in South Korea.

  • DKSH employee with client

    Successful partnership in South East Asia: DKSH and Nutrinova

    The excellent industry reputation and network of DKSH Performance Materials in the beverage sector paved the way for DKSH (Philippines.), Inc. to gain endorsement for distributorship in the Philippines.

  • Korn bread

    Korn - A healthy ingredient brings healthy growth in business

    Among the functional and healthy ingredients DKSH provides to the food industry are beta glucans from barley, a natural fiber which reduces cholesterol levels.

  • Sammic cooks up a storm with new sous-vide equipment in Taiwan

    Sammic cooks up a storm with new sous-vide equipment in Taiwan

    It is never easy for a new brand or a new technology to penetrate the food industry, particularly one that is heavy on tradition and culture. But Sammic, together with DKSH’s support, managed to successfully launch their new sous-vide equipment in Taiwan.

  • The French connection

    Our customers can depend on DKSH for uninterrupted, on-time delivery of on-specification ingredients and professional support anywhere in the world, ensuring competitiveness and growth. "Our concern needs 2,000 tons of raw materials every year. 300 tons are supplied by DKSH."

  • Perfect synergies mean no losers

    We create added value for our business partners by becoming their strategic partner: it’s our way of delivering results.

  • Passing with flying colors

    Even under pressure to reduce costs, effective cooperation and hard work will always find a way to fulfill expectations.

  • Chemical Paste

    Intelligent and customized solutions with WACKER

    In 2013, DKSH started a new strategic regional partnership with WACKER, a leading international provider of specialty chemicals. Established in 1914 in Burghausen, Germany, WACKER initially focused on the domestic market before continually extending its international network. Today, the company has 24 production sites and generates over 80% of its sales outside Germany. Looking to gain market leadership for its biotech and silicone products in Asia, the highly diversified company has found just the right partner in DKSH.

  • Problem-solving the proactive way

    Problem-solving the proactive way

    When an opportunity arises to work with a partner to grow its business, DKSH acts fast and decisively: a business philosophy that is in everyone’s interests.

DKSH has helped Elementis enormously to increase its footprint in Europe and to contribute to the growth of our business, especially when focusing on new and innovative products and applications. We are truly pleased to work with such a professional and dedicated partner

Holger Heidemann - Vice President Coatings EMEA, Elementis