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Leading UK-based industrial consumables specialists

Building and Facilities News is proud to announce that Univar Specialty Consumables has been selected as our Industrial Consumables Company of the Month. They are a leading UK distributor of high-quality consumables for almost every industry, supplying products from world-renowned brands with an unwavering dedication to providing the best solution for every customer.

Univar has a history that spans over 130 years. When their journey began in 1880, they were known as RW Greef, and in 2008 they rebranded as Univar Plc and became known as Univar Specialty Consumables. Since their conception, they have had one goal: to provide industry leading service and superior technical support, and to help find the right solution for every situation. They ensure that their staff members have the best training on all their products and services in order to guarantee they can supply the right product as quickly as possible. Indeed, they offer a simple and speedy buying process and provide next day delivery to a chosen location as standard. Univar is also heavily focused on safety and is ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 accredited. Their safety record spans over a decade without a recordable injury, which is a testament to their dedication to working to the highest possible standards.

With a portfolio that spans almost every industry, including automotive, bodyshop, carpentry, construction, electronics, engineering, painting and decorating, and plumbing, customers can be assured that Univar will have what they need, whatever their requirements. Univar’s first-rate services, solutions and technical support are developed around the needs of the customer; indeed, customers are at the heart of everything Univar do.

As well as their huge selection of products, Univar is constantly working to expand their range by listening to their customers’ needs and pain points. Their technical staff members have close partnerships with some of the biggest names in industrial and automotive manufacturing, and this helps them to understand processes and product requirements. This ensures Univar is always leading the way with new technology and industry trends, supplying the very latest innovations for their customers. As the trusted partner of these leading companies, Univar is relied upon to provide accurate and punctual delivery of products when they are needed otherwise it could stop the production line. The fact that these partnerships have lasted proves that Univar can be counted on to deliver orders on time and in full.

We had the opportunity to speak to Steven Davidson about what makes Univar a cut above the rest, “We offer an excellent level of service and technical support for our customers. We can provide solutions across the board: if a customer has a problem, we will do everything we can to solve it. Customers are what we’re all about.”

Furthermore, because Univar is a multi-trade distributor, they give customers access to brands and products that are not typically available from a single supplier, such as a local builders’ merchant. This allows customers to discover products from other trades that they were not aware of. For example, a decorator can discover the flexible masking tape used by professional car body painters and find out that it is perfect for use in a project they are working on.

Of course, Univar also offers an extensive range of industry specific products for the construction trades. For carpentry, they offer tapes, PPE, sanding, dust control, surface protection, and adhesives and sealants. Univar knows that professional carpenters need the best quality products that perform to the highest level possible, and their carpenters’ range has been assembled to provide a range of products from the biggest brands which can be relied upon, producing an excellent level of finish and performance.

Painters and decorators can enjoy a selection of supplies from outstanding brands including tesa®, Mirka and 3M, offering roller sleeves, roller frames, paint scuttles and kettles, fillers and caulk, wallpaper pastes, and workwear. They also offer a comprehensive range of paint brushes from Purdy and ProDec, which allow professional decorators to produce a fine quality finish. Furthermore, Univar’s range of plumbing supplies includes sealants, tapes, and PPE to ensure the user’s safety on the job.

“The past 12 months have been really good for us,” says Steven. “Our construction trade sector saw an incredible 200% growth and the business as a whole had growth in the double digits.” Indeed, Univar is clearly going from strength to strength, and has a range of new brands and products being released very soon. They have also just launched a trade business website, which means those working in the construction trades can get access to more benefits than on Univar’s other site.

Univar is also looking to attend a selection of trade shows in the future. After receiving an excellent response at a painting and decorating show they took part in last year, they are planning to attend the Advanced Engineering show in October, and the National Painting and Decorating show in November. They are also working on compiling a schedule of more trade shows to build on their previous successes and promote the company name to even more businesses.

It is evident that Univar Specialty Consumables is committed to providing supplies of the highest quality to numerous different trades, offering a one stop shop for a huge selection of products with a range of applications. If you would like to find out more information on how Univar can help you, head to their website or use the contact details below.

T 01827 255250