DKSH innovative specialty chemicals

DKSH Business Line Specialty Chemicals Industry is a leading chemical distributor and global provider of Market Expansion Services for business partners in the graphics, electronics, paints and coatings, polymers, fibers and adhesives and industrial specialties industries.

We provide specialty chemicals to manufacturers in the paints, coatings, inks, polymers, engineering plastics, adhesives, rubber, agrochemical, petrochemical, packaging, graphics, technical film and other specialty industries.

We help our customers to develop new innovative products and applications in collaboration with our valuable suppliers and our team of specialized staff.

What DKSH can do for you

With our long-standing business contacts and strategic market insight, we develop new and alternative sources for innovative high-performance specialty chemicals that help drive your business success. Through our comprehensive global network, which gives instant access to markets around the world, we provide responsible and traceable sourcing of hard-to-find specialty raw materials, chemicals and products.

Our industry clusters

We provide specialty chemicals to manufacturers in the following sectors of the specialty chemicals industry:

Paint and coatings

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SCI Paints and Coatings

Our Paints & Coatings Industry team is a technical marketing and sales force that provides key raw materials and ideas to help drive technology forward. By sourcing new raw materials and low-cost alternatives we help our business partners to stay competitive. We are industry experts for products and services for adhesion promoters, high-performance resins and special-effect additives, and cater to the automotive and industrial paints, and decorative and architectural paints industries, among others.

Our products for Coatings

  • Polyolefins (PP, TPO,PE)
  • Rubber and metals (AI and steel), supplied in solid, solvent-borne
  • Easy cleaning systems
  • Weatherability improving
  • Heat resistant coatings
  • Electric insulation
  • High-corrosion restistance marine paint
  • Special matt and glossy coating for glass
  • Highly effective and binder for can and coil coatings
  • Silicones resins for high heat resistance coating
  • Special-effect additives including scratch resistance, soft effect, light diffusion, thermochromic and photochromic pigments, anti-blocking, conductiven, and antistatic agents
  • Matting agents
  • Anti-yellowing agents,
  • Cross-linkers
  • Flow improvers
  • Hardeners
  • UV absorbers
  • Anti-oxidants
  • Nano-particles
  • UV acrylate monomers
  • Oligomers and Photoinitiators
  • Plasticizers
  • Hot melt resins
  • Water scavenger
  • Anti-skinning
  • Opacifiers
  • Silicones additives

Our products for Paints

  • Polyolefins (PP, TPO,PE)
  • Rubber and metals (AI and steel), supplied in solid, solvent-borne
  • Easy cleaning systems
  • Weatherability improving
  • Heat resistant coatings
  • Electric insulation
  • High-corrosion restistance marine paint
  • Special matt and glossy coating for glass
  • Highly effective and binder for can and coil coatings
  • Special-effect additives including scratch resistance, soft effect, light diffusion, thermochromic and photochromic pigments, anti-blocking, conductiven, and antistatic agents
  • Nano-particles
  • Plasticizers
  • Hot melt resins
  • Water scavenger
  • Anti-skinning
  • Opacifiers


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SCI Polymers, Fibers, Adhesives

Polymers, Fibers & Adhesives offers a wide range of products and services for the formulation of adhesives and sealants, master batches, compounds, engineering plastics and rubbers. In addition to this, we source and supply intermediates for resin manufacturing, and offer a range of materials for the production of artificial leather, fibers and textiles, as well as films for industry applications.

Our products in Polymers, Fibers & Adhesives

  • Adhesion promoters
  • Aliphatic isocyanates
  • High-molecular weight co-polyesters
  • Liquid isoprene rubbers
  • Moisture scavengers (PTSI)
  • Non-chlorinated co-polyolefines
  • Oxetanic resins
  • Oligomers and diluents for cationic UV curing
  • Oxetanic reactive diluents and plasticizers
  • Specialty materials and additives for master batches
  • Specialty materials and additives for compounds
  • Blowing agents, co-agents for peroxidic
  • Vulcanization, fluorescent pigments
  • Halogen-free flame retardants, metal deactivators
  • Nanosilver masterbatches
  • Non-staining antioxidants, nucleating
  • Agents, and optical brighteners
  • Diamines
  • Diisocyanates
  • Diols
  • Di-Acids and anhydrides
  • Sulfonated
  • Monomers
  • Acrylamides
  • Acrylates
  • Cross-linkers
  • Additives for fibers extrusion
  • Aziridines
  • Color pastes and PMMA microbeads
  • Curatives for high-resistant composites
  • Cycloaliphatic diamines
  • Soft-touch modifiers
  • Films for industry applications
  • Color pastes
  • Diamines (cycloaliphatic and aromatic)
  • Isocyanate
  • Blockers
  • Meta-xylenediamine
  • Permanent antistatic fillers
  • Special diols
  • Thermolatent diaminic hardeners

Electronics and specialties

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SCI Graphics & Electronics

In the graphics area we provide products and services for printing plates (including computer-to-plate), ink-jet receptive media for paper and plastic substrate, specialty inks, and products for photographic applications.

For the electronics industry we offer products and services for IC photo resists and color filter resists, printed circuit boards, liquid crystal intermediates for liquid crystal production, optical films for printed electronics and photovoltaic applications.

Our offering for the film coating industry includes hightech films, packaging, and lamination, environmentally friendly products, and ID and security applications. We help our business partners find the correct, most innovative materials, while flexibly sourcing worldwide to ensure best value.

Our products in Graphics & Electronics

We offer the following products for film coating:

  • A specialized range of high molecular weight co-polyesters
  • Biodegradable and compostable resins manufactured from non-GM renewable sources
  • Non-chlorinated primers for PP, TPO and engineering plastics, heat-sealing adhesives for metals and plastics – with food contact approvaland environmentally friendly grades
  • Water-based primers for heat-sealing adhesives for metals, paper and film, additives for inks and paints – with approval for direct and indirect food contact for packaging
  • Others (including custom synthesis molecules) such as:
    - CPO adhesion promoters
    - Receptor coatings for inkjet printing
    - Conductive and anti-static materials
    - Polymeric beads
    - High-heat, scratch and chemical resistant coatings
    - Additives for thermal papers
  • Custom-made materials for the formulation of coatings for printing plates (including computer-to-plate) such as photopolymers, novolacks, sensitizers, N-IR dyes, pigment dispersions, diazoresins, triazines, coumarines and other specialty additives
  • Inkjet receptive media for paper and plastic substrate
  • Specialty materials for ink formulations such as:
    - Plasticizers compatible with key resins and suitable for food packaging
    - Biodegradable and compostable resins from non-GM renewable sources
    - Adhesion promoters such as chlorinated and chlorine-free polyolefins and organic titanates, and highly polymerized co-polyester resins
    - UV-curable materials such as acrylates and methacrylates, oxetanic resins, oligomers and diluents for Cationic UV curing, cationic resins, oligomers and diluents, photoinitiators and synergists, and additives
    - Other materials such as thermal and UV color change pigments, additives to modify the texture, feel and aroma of printed inks, aqueous polyolefins to enhance rub resistance and nanosized particles

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.

Success stories

  • Strengthening market share the eco-friendly way

    With consumers in India becoming more environmentally conscious, DKSH helped LCY Chemical to promote its eco-friendly thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) products to successfully strengthen its presence in the local market. TPE products are non-toxic eco-friendly alternatives to hazardous phthalate-based PVC formulations. They are REACH and FDA approved as well as being recyclable.

  • Making the best connections

    When a customer approaches us with a problem, the combination of DKSH’s global network and expert knowledge means we will find the right solution.

  • 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.

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