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Biesterfeld and Laurel Products agree on distribution of fluoropolymer additives

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Distributor Biesterfeld Spezialchemie has assumed control of the distribution of fluoropolymer additives for most of the European market on behalf of American company Laurel Products, LLC.

Biesterfeld Spezialchemie distributes fluoropolymer additives for the European market on behalf of Laurel Products. Source: Erich Westendarp/pixelio.de
Biesterfeld Spezialchemie distributes fluoropolymer additives for the European market on behalf of Laurel Products. Source: Erich Westendarp/pixeli...

This includes distribution in the DACH region as well as Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Turkey, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.

Offered in powder form and in various carrier fluids

The agreement applies to product lines marketed under the "Ultraflon", "Marzon" and "Thor" trade names. Laurel Products specialises in the production of micronised fluoropolymer additives based on polytetrafluoroethylene, fluorinated ethylene propylene and perfluoroalkoxy polymers. These are offered in powder form as well as in various carrier fluids and can be used in coatings, lubricants, plastics and other substances. The additives improve abrasion resistance, which reduces wearing and offers temporary protection from corrosion.

Recent innovation is a mica fluorinated additive

The standard fluoropolymers bear the "Ultraflon" trademark. Modified variants are marketed under the "Marzon" trade name. More consistent particle morphology and higher density provide enhanced product stability, application, and effectiveness. Furthermore dispersion and polarity is aided by the incorporation of hydrophobic additives. One of the company's most recent innovations is a mica fluorinated additive. It combines the high form and thermal stability of mica with the glidant properties of a fluorinated additive. This additive is marketed under the third product line "Thor".

Ideal opportunity to further expansion

Dr. Martin Liebenau, Marketing Manager at Biesterfeld Spezialchemie, views cooperation with Laurel Products as an ideal opportunity to further expand the offer for our customers: "The advanced range of Laurel Products has already been selling very successfully on the American market. We look forward to developing the distribution of this diverse portfolio across much of Europe. Initial inquiries for samples already indicate great interest among our customers."

James Downing Jr., Director of Business at Laurel Products, perceives the partnership between Laurel and Biesterfeld as an excellent match: "Given Biesterfeld’s focus on specialized, non-commodity chemicals, it fits very well with Laurel’s innovative and highly differentiated fluoroadditive products.”

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