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 ingredients, pharmaceutical ingredients and personal care ingredients.

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 53 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 1,600 specialized staff in 33 markets.

This enables our over 275 clients, 1,850 suppliers and a wide range of 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 Pacific, 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 nearly 160 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 access to more than 70 markets worldwide and with deep industry expertise, we offer the perfect mix of cost-effectiveness, quality and dependable supply. At the same time, we ensure compliance with safety and environmental regulations.

Our Business Unit Performance Material's application and quality control laboratories help you to innovate for growth by generating new ideas and breakthrough products. To guarantee compliance with Japanese regulations we closely work with our suppliers and sourcing offices to make sure that all levels of quality and safety requirements are met from the start.

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:

Our Quality Control Laboratory is equipped with the latest analytical equipment to protect the safety and quality of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) and veterinary drugs. We ensure full compliance with all applicable standards and regulations, such as Japan’s Pharmaceutical Affairs Law. We aim to be the partner of choice for domestic and overseas pharmaceutical companies, supporting them in the introduction of APIs, additives and pharmaceutical intermediates to the Japanese market. In-house acceptance tests are carried out to comply with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards.

We design and customize food products to meet the high requirements of our customers. Our Food Application Laboratory offers a comprehensive service package that includes the development and trial of new flavors, natural colorings, natural emulsifiers and stabilizers used for the creation of novel products.

Our confectionery training and development center, Condirama Japan, serves as a base for our research into confectionary technologies, providing a source of innovative ideas for bakery and confectionery applications. Condirama Japan is well-known for its advanced training of confectionery and pastry chefs.

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

    Innovative food and beverage ingredients, formulations and services

  • Personal Care

    Innovative personal care and cosmetic ingredients, formulations and services

  • Pharmaceutical

    Innovative pharmaceutical ingredients, formulations and services

  • Specialty Chemicals

    Innovative specialty chemicals, formulations and services

  • 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

  • Cooking Up the Finest Chocolate Recipes in Japan

    Cooking Up the Finest Chocolate Recipes in Japan

    A newly-opened Japanese chocolate retail store turned to DKSH when it needed something special to entice consumers. The result was a customized chocolate product and a unique recipe developed at Condirama Japan, DKSH’s innovative confectionery training and development center in Yokohama, Japan.

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    Introducing Natural Bakuchiol as the Hero Ingredient for Natural Skin Care in Malaysia

    All-natural skin care brand in Malaysia gets the hero treatment with bakuchiol, a plant-based ingredient with anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties.

  • Honeywell regains position as number one supplier of synthetic wax additives in Australia

    Honeywell is a Fortune 500 industrial-tech company with about 110,000 employees and 900 sites across the world. DKSH Australia began their relationship with Honeywell in April 2019 to explore the wax additive market in Australia.

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