In January 2015 the Hamburg-based KRAHN CHEMIE Group has taken over the distribution of the specialty plasticizers of FERRO (Belgium) S.p.r.l. (‘FERRO’) in the regions Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux and Poland.
FERRO is already a longstanding partner of Pietro Carini S.p.A. in Italy which has been part of the KRAHN CHEMIE Group since April 2014. The subsidiaries ICH Benelux and KRAHN CHEMIE Polska will develop the regions Benelux and Poland.
FERRO´s plasticizer portfolio consists of dibenzoates, polymeric plasticizers and benzyl phthalates. These specialty products are used in a broad range of applications such as flexible PVC, paints and coatings, adhesives, caulks and sealants.
The distribution of plasticizers is one of KRAHN CHEMIE´s core activities. Ferro’s products are a complementary addition to KRAHN CHEMIE´s existing product range. Apart from FERRO’s products, KRAHN CHEMIE also distributes the Jayflex™ plasticizers of ExxonMobil Chemical and the non-phthalate plasticizers OXSOFT® and OXBLUE® of OXEA Chemicals.
The decision to reorganize the existing distribution network is based on FERRO`s strategy of close collaboration with a partner who has a deep understanding of the European plasticizers market.
“We are delighted about FERRO´s decision which fits perfectly in our strategy”, says Axel Sebbesse, Managing Director of KRAHN CHEMIE GmbH. “Plasticizers are clearly our business. By being the distribution partner of choice for ExxonMobil Chemical, OXEA Chemicals and now also FERRO it is right to say that we can offer our customers now the widest range of plasticizers in Europe. We are very much looking forward to our expanded cooperation with FERRO.”
“We really appreciate and value the performance of Pietro Carini in Italy for many years now”, says Lia Jacobs, Business Manager of FERRO. ”As the KRAHN CHEMIE Group has successfully demonstrated that it has extensive market know-how in the other regions as well, we are pleased with this new alliance.”
FERRO Corporation (http://www.FERRO.com) is a leading global supplier of technology-based performance materials, including glass-based coatings, pigments and colors, and polishing materials. FERRO products are sold into the building and construction, automotive, appliances, electronics, household furnishings, and industrial products markets. Headquartered in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, the Company has approximately 3,970 employees globally.