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Industry Overview

The chemical industry is the foundation of most other commercial industries, with chemicals serving as feedstock for products and production processes, and to keep the machines that govern those processes running in top shape. The backbone of the chemical industry lies in distribution and trading, a necessary and driving component that enables all else that follows.

With literally tens of thousands of products, from specialty chemicals to fine chemicals to commodities, it’s imperative to maintain a sustainable business environment. Cooperation and communication must be fostered to enable free international trade, fair business practices, and responsible product stewardship. Faced with significant pressure from competition, distributors must maintain a reputation for reliability and integrity if their business is to succeed and thrive.


With more than 30 years as a top chemical industry recruitment firm, Ropella is well-versed in the challenges companies face in their ongoing quest to find highly qualified professionals. As Talent Acquisition experts, we excel at attracting, recruiting and building relationships with potential candidates. Our Executive Search Consultants stay abreast of current industry trends, making Ropella a knowledgeable, efficient and effective partner for recruiting top talent.

A proven Executive Search firm, Ropella is dedicated to helping companies gain a competitive advantage by providing customized and strategic talent solutions. We leverage our industry expertise, proprietary SMART Search System® and global network to quickly deliver exceptional results for even the most challenging searches. Successful industry leaders count on Ropella to find the right talent to drive their business forward.

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