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OMNOVA Performance Chemicals Ltd. Celebrates Decade of Service in Europe

Published on 2009-08-31. Author : SpecialChem

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HERFORDSHIRE, U.K -- OMNOVA Performance Chemicals (U.K.) Ltd., a business of U.S.-based OMNOVA Solutions Inc., celebrated its 10-year anniversary this summer. Based in Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire, the United Kingdom, the business was established in 1999 when OMNOVA's former parent company, GenCorp, merged its styrene butadiene latex operations in Europe with the newly acquired Morton International floor care and Sequa Chemicals paper businesses in the region. Under the leadership of Andy Higgin, Director of European Operations, and his predecessor, Frank Nataro (current Business Director, OMNOVA Specialty Chemicals), turnover (sales) for the business has tripled in the last decade.

Here are some highlights from the business' decade of service:

  • September 1999 - Laboratory for floor care products becomes functional at Hemel Hempstead office
  • January 2002 - Lytron® opacifiers, which provide soaps and shampoos with a thicker, pearlescent appearance, launched in European market
  • March 2003 - First bulk floor care chemical customer established in southern Europe
  • March 2003 - Initial sales achieved in Europe for OMNOVA's environmentally preferred PolyFox® fluorosurfactants
  • July 2005 - First vinyl pyridine (VP) latex customer established in mainland Europe
  • May 2007 - Hemel Hempstead laboratory extended
  • June 2009 - First OMNOVA Performance Chemicals products manufactured in Middle East

OMNOVA Performance Chemicals (U.K.) supplies almost 100 products to approximately 150 customers in 38 countries across Europe and in China, northern Africa and the Middle East. The business predominantly supports specialty chemical applications, which include nonwovens, floor care, graphic arts, tire and mechanical rubber goods, tape and adhesives, construction, and oil and gas drilling. It also offers products and support for other markets, such as paper, textiles and functional coatings. All markets and their related sales are handled directly with key global accounts or through the business' network of 21 sales agents and distributors based in Europe and the Middle East. Although certain products are imported from OMNOVA's Performance Chemicals facilities in the U.S., most are produced under contract by manufacturing partners located in the U.K., Belgium and Germany.

"It's been a great and demanding endeavor to get this business where it is today," said Higgin. "Our success has truly been driven by the people who have been a part of our team at one point or another over the last ten years, especially our current staff. Although challenges remain, we look forward to the next decade and the continued growth and success of our business, which we will achieve through superior customer service and a diverse product portfolio."

About OMNOVA Solutions Inc.:

Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, U.S.A., OMNOVA Solutions Inc. is a technology-based company with 2008 turnover of US$869 million (£518 million) and a current workforce of 2,415 employees worldwide. OMNOVA is an innovator of emulsion polymers, specialty chemicals, and decorative and functional surfaces for a variety of commercial, industrial and residential end uses.

Source: OMNOVA Solutions Inc.

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