04 Sep 2019


Future-focused agility drives Unilite forward in Asia’s chemicals industry.



Accounting for 60 per cent of a multitrillion-dollar global industry, Asia has a market-leading advantage in the chemicals sector with strong growth expected over the next two decades. In Singapore, one of the world’s 10 leading exporters of chemicals, leading local distributor and veteran player Unilite Chemicals continues to prove its mettle and stability in an industry subjected to fluctuating market trends.

Celebrating its 41st anniversary this year, Unilite is undergoing its latest phase of investments made to upgrade its warehouse and logistics systems in line with Singapore’s move towards digitalisation – displaying an agility to respond to the chemical industry’s changing landscape.

“We have changed according to time, and that’s allowed us to remain a top local semi-speciality chemicals distribution company,” says Nicholas Lim, managing director. “What we distribute today is very different from the product mix we had when we first started. Whenever the economy evolves, we are able to lock in on new industries coming in as our customers.”

Since 1978, Unilite has built up a niche business in the import, export, storage, reformulation, repackaging, rebranding and distribution of chemicals to the food, industrial manufacturing and water and waste water treatment sectors locally and regionally.


Meeting the diverse requirements of clients from various industries, the company supplies a comprehensive range of products to many industries such as food chemicals, preservatives, minerals, natural oils, metal oxides, amines, oxidisers, surfactants and resins.

Its in-depth knowledge across multiple industries also allows the company to advise clients, who consult with Unilite on product development.

With a well-entrenched presence in Malaysia for the past 25 years, Unilite is also focused on an Asian-centred expansion through the growth of its clients within these markets.


Unilite also welcomes opportunities to help mid-sized international companies from Europe, Japan and the United States enter the Asian market by becoming their dedicated regional product representative and distributor. The company hopes to be a bridge for foreign companies wanting to expand their businesses in the Asian region, focusing on Southeast Asia.


“The economy and modes of business may have changed, but our value system hasn’t,” Lim says. “For a local distribution company, relationships are very important, so the ability to keep up with evolving customer requests is vital. We are committed to delivering what our partners and customers require. Whether that’s special packaging or blending, or a delivery in the middle of the night, customers can depend on us.”