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01-23-2020

Krahn Chemie Acquires Greek Distributor

Rolf Kuropka Is the Upcoming Chairman of InterActive

Dr. Rolf Kuropka, Managing Director of the Krahn Chemie Group and upcoming chairman of InterActive (left) and Yannis Protopapas, founder, co-owner and Managing Director of InterActive (right) (© Krahn Chemie)

Dr. Rolf Kuropka, Managing Director of the Krahn Chemie Group and upcoming chairman of InterActive (left) and Yannis Protopapas, founder, co-owner and Managing Director of InterActive (right) (© Krahn Chemie)

As of January 2020, Krahn Chemie GmbH Hamburg, Germany, has acquired a majority share of InterActive S.A., headquartered in Athens, Greece. Through this strategic acquisition the Krahn Chemie Group expands its footprint not only in Europe but also in the Israeli market.

Large Product Portfolio

InterActive specializes in the distribution of lubricant additives in the Israeli, Greek and Cypriot market, as well as scientific instruments for R&D and QC laboratories in oil, pharma and chemical industries by representing international manufacturers.

“We are very pleased about this acquisition which gives us access to regions, where we have not been active before and, in the case of Israel, will additionally strengthen the growth of the Krahn Group outside Europe. InterActive is a technically driven, well-established distributor with a profound market knowledge and the same mindset as Krahn and by that the ideal partner to broaden our existing businesses to new regions,” says Dr. Rolf Kuropka, Managing Director of the Krahn Chemie Group and upcoming chairman of InterActive.

The Benefits Are Mutual

Yannis Protopapas, founder, co-owner and Managing Director of InterActive S.A., explains, “the new affiliation with the Krahn Group provides us with a strong and solid base for our future business development. As a family owned company, Krahn Chemie clearly matches with InterActive, especially with its firm commitment to securing the long-term development and growth opportunities in today’s rapidly consolidating markets. It is a pleasure to be now part of a group which also strongly believes that deep local market knowledge and partnership-oriented relationships are fundamental in creating value for both our customers and suppliers. In addition, the access to an extensive and high-quality product range, technical services as well as in-house laboratory support will accelerate our future growth.”

About InterActive

InterActive S.A. was founded in 1990 and specializes in the distribution of lubricant additives in the Israeli, Greek and Cypriot market, as well as scientific instruments for R&D and QC laboratories in oil, pharma & chemical industries by representing renowned international manufacturers.

About Krahn Chemie

Krahn Chemie is a chemical distribution company with a history spanning over 100 years. Its core competence is the sales, marketing and distribution of specialty chemicals as well as heat transfer fluids. In 2018, the group achieved a turnover of approximately EUR 250 million and currently employs a staff of 185. The company's headquarters are situated in Germany. Subsidiaries or local sales teams have been established in Benelux, France, Italy, Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Spain and China.

Company profile

Krahn Chemie GmbH

Grimm 10
DE 20457 Hamburg
Tel.: 040 32092-0
Fax: 040 32092-219

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