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With effect from 1 January 2019, Lehmann&Voss&Co. took over the business operations of the Osthoff Omega Group, based in Norderstedt near Hamburg, Germany. This acquisition increases LuV’s portfolio in the field of functional and lightweight fillers, such as hollow and solid spheres, ceramic foams, reinforcing fillers, etc. With F.A.R. Polymers, the Italian polymer manufacturer, LuV has confirmed an exclusive distributionship about polymer powders. This includes the product group Neolith as well as the distribution rights for Germany and the UK. The polymer powders are on vinyl copolymer basis and can be used in a variety of applications such as tile adhesives, plaster, mortars or exterior insulation & finishing systems.

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The Krahn Chemie Group has complemented its rubber portfolio in a targeted manner. As of now, the company starts distributing processing aids and special plasticizer products from Eigenmann & Veronelli S.p.A. The acquired distribution rights cover the sales regions Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.

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Biesterfeld Spezialchemie has acquired the Norwegian distribution company Lindberg & Lund Group with its headquarters in Vestby/Oslo. It focuses on the technical distribution of raw materials and formulated products from areas such as adhesives, composites, electronics, oil/gas, and lubricants. The company, which is managed by its owners, was founded in 1984 and has branches in Sweden and Finland. Lindberg & Lund employs a total of 50 people in application technology, sales, administration and warehousing.

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Pietro Carini S.p.A., the Italian subsidiary of Hamburg-based Krahn Chemie GmbH, has changed its name to Krahn Italia S.p.A. This renaming takes place exactly five years after the company’s entry into Krahn Group.

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The Coating Additives Business Line of Evonik has extended its existing partnership with international specialty chemicals distributor Safic-Alcan regarding the Tego additives products. Safic-Alcan SAS and Safic-Alcan Necarbo B.V. will be provided with the complete coating additives range of Evonik allowing customers to be supplied by a single distributor in France and the BeNeLux region. In addition, the agreement also extends to Safic-Alcan UK for the distribution of the liquid additives in the UK and Ireland.

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The Nordmann headquarters in Hamburg, Germany (Source: Nordmann)

The NRC Group announced that it is now operating under the uniform brand name Nordmann. According to the company, this step is part of a holistic strategy that the distributor of chemical and natural raw materials as well as speciality chemicals has taken up in response to changes in the global market.

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Lanxess has appointed new distribution partners for its lubricant additives products in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

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R.D. Abbott Co., Inc. announced that it has signed a new distribution agreement with Arlanxeo to expand its distribution of the synthetic rubber company’s High Performance Elastomers (HPE) nationwide to the continental USA.

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Goodyear and Bridgestone Americas announced that they are forming one of the largest tyre distribution joint ventures in the USA. TireHub, LLC will combine Goodyear’s company-owned wholesale distribution network with Bridgestone-owned Tire Wholesale Warehouse (TWW).

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Rolf Schlicht GmbH is the new distribution partner of the US company Alpha Technologies, Akron, OH, in Germany. Alpha Technologies is a manufacturer of testing and measuring equipment for elastomer and polymer materials and is ISO 9001 and ISO 17025 certified.

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