Chemicals distributor Univar NV is to set up a pan-European partnership with enzyme producer Novozymes A/S to widen the supply of enzyme solutions for the detergent industry and for textile formulators in selected segments.

Already operational in 14 countries, including Iberia, France, Benelux, Italy, the Nordic region, UK, Ireland and Poland, plans are well under way for continued roll-out into Germany and Switzerland throughout 2006.

According to Andreas Dietrich, Novozymes commercial director Europe: "By simplifying the supply chain we benefit from a single dedicated management team which ensures cost-efficient product delivery, co-ordinated pan-European product launches and access to valuable technical resources."