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VWR International

VWR International

Leading global distributor of laboratory supplies

Investment: 2004  

VWR International, carved-out from Merck KGaA, is a leader in the global laboratory supply industry. It distributes chemicals, glassware and plasticware, equipment and instruments, furniture, protective apparel, safety products, and other life science and laboratory products manufactured by a wide range of companies. VWR’s principal customers are major pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, technology, clinical, food processing and consumer product companies, as well as universities and research institutes, governmental agencies, environmental testing organizations and primary and secondary schools. VWR provides storeroom management, product procurement, supply chain systems integration, technical services and laboratory bench-top delivery. CD&R sold VWR in 2007. Through the course of CD&R’s investment EBITDA increased by approximately 63%.