Connell Brothers Appointed Exclusive Distributor by U.S. Silica for Asia

June 15, 2015 — Press Releases,
San Francisco – (June 15, 2015)  Connell Brothers (CBC), the largest distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients in Asia Pacific, announced today that, effective August 1, 2015, it will represent U.S. Silica across Asia including Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines as well as in Australia and India. U.S. Silica has been a leading producer of commercial silica sand for over 100 years.
This new partnership is aimed to offer the coatings, sealants, ceramics, inks and silicon manufacturers in these countries high purity, high quality natural silicas.  The MIN-U-SIL® fine ground silica and SIL-CO-SIL® ground silica product lines are characterized by consistent pH and narrow size distributions which allow very high process efficiency and enhance durability of end products.
“This new relationship will add an extra dimension to our continued growth,” said J.P. Blanchard, vice president and general manager of Industrial and Specialties, U.S. Silica. He adds, “In addition, it will enable vast opportunities to leverage their extensive local inventory, expansive labs and exceptional technical teams throughout the region.”
“We are ready to offer our broad network and strong logistical capabilities to grow the business for U.S. Silica.”  Alex Grantz, General Manager, Export Business, CBC, states, “I am confident that we can support downstream customers with application and market knowledge built over 100 years.  Our application labs and technical teams deployed all over the region can ensure the customers experience the superior quality of the MIN-U-SIL® and SIL-CO-SIL® line of products.”
About Connell Brothers
Founded in 1895, Connell Brothers is a division of Wilbur-Ellis Company and is the largest marketer and distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients in Asia-Pacific with a keen focus on technical service, customer support, and environmental, health, and safety. Connell Brothers provides complete supply chain management from transportation, documentation, warehousing, and sales and distribution in 17 countries and in 43 offices located throughout Asia-Pacific.
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About U.S. Silica
U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc., a member of the Russell 2000, is a leading producer of commercial silica used in the oil and gas industry, and in a wide range of industrial applications. Over its 115-year history, U.S. Silica has developed core competencies in mining, processing, logistics and materials science that enable it to produce and cost-effectively deliver over 250 products to customers across our end markets. The company currently operates nine industrial sand production plants and seven oil and gas sand production plants. The company is headquartered in Frederick, Maryland and also has offices located in Chicago, Illinois, Houston, Texas and Shanghai, China. The company operates on a platform of ethics, safety and sustainability. U.S. Silica is a founding member of Wisconsin Industrial Sand Association (WISA) and has been recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) as a partner in the WDNR Green Tier program. In becoming a Green Tier participant, U.S. Silica demonstrates its commitment to achieving superior environmental and economic performance.  For more information, please visit