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Univar Strengthens its Position with Acquisition of AZ Electronic Materials for KLEBOSOL™ Colloidal Silicas

Published on 2011-03-28. Author : SpecialChem

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Univar Inc., a leading global chemical distributor, announced it has signed a pan-European distribution agreement with AZ Electronic Materials for their KLEBOSOL™ colloidal silicas in all applications other than polishing. The agreement strengthens Univar's position in the coatings market, as well as a variety of other market segments across the region.

KLEBOSOL® is a leading range of multi-purpose colloidal silicas which have various industrial applications including in paints, varnishes, cosmetics, beverages, textiles, inks and pigments. Univar will be distributing a full set of grades ranging from ultrafine to fine particles with varying pH and concentrations in water ranging from 30% to 50%.

Univar is particularly excited to introduce its customers to the innovative KLEBOSOL® hydrophilic self-cleaning facade paints and varnishes that use rainwater to keep surfaces clean. Customers will be able to see these at Univar's stand (9-113) at the European Coatings Show this month.

The micro-particles in these KLEBOSOL® coatings fill the tiny surface irregularities common in more traditional coatings, creating an incredibly smooth surface that makes it hard for dirt to stick to. Additionally, small silica particles create a hydrophilic surface that draws rainwater closer to the façade, washing it as it runs down.

This new agreement with AZ Electronic Materials fits with Univar's long-term strategy to extend its portfolio in the coatings market, with particular emphasis on functional additives.

"As a high quality colloidal silica supplier, with an excellent product range, AZ Electronic Materials' partnership with Univar is a perfect fit," explains Marc Démoulin, Coatings Supplier Director EMEA, Univar. "Univar's pan-European coverage and in-depth market knowledge provide an ideal platform for these high-performance, quality-approved silica."

"Univar's outstanding customer service, logistical network and strong technical support will significantly help AZ Electronic Materials reach a much wider customer base on a pan-European level," says Jean-Michel Copin, European Marketing Manager, AZ Electronic Materials. "We are confident that Univar is the right partner for us and look forward to developing this relationship in the future."

Univar will be attending the European Coatings Show in Nürnberg, Germany (Hall 9, stand 9-113), to ensure customers can experience these, and other, innovative ranges first hand.

About Univar

Univar is one of the world's leading distributors of industrial and specialty chemicals. Univar represents over 2,500 chemical producers and provides its customer base, made up of 80,000 customers, with a full portfolio of products. Univar operates a network of 179 distribution facilities throughout North America, Europe, and China. In 2009, Univar reported sales of $7.2 billion. Operating from 56 distribution centres in 25 countries across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, Univar's 2,200 local employees serve more than 28,900 customers in a diverse range of industries including coatings, food, personal care, pharmaceuticals, and other major sectors.

About AZ Electronic Materials

AZ is a leading global producer and supplier of high quality, high-purity specialty chemical materials operating in the electronics market. AZ's colloidal silica (Klebosol®) is used in a wide array of industries.

Source: Univar


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