LEVERKUSEN, Germany (April 17, 2009)—Specialty chemicals supplier Lanxess A.G. and the Russian rubber manufacturer Halopolymer OJSC have signed a distribution agreement for fluororubbers, the companies announced April 17.
Fluororubbers have a global market volume of more than 20,000 metric tons per year, and by teaming with Halopolymer, Lanxess is expanding its range of specialty rubbers, the Leverkusen-based firm said.
In the medium term, Lanxess plans to market a considerable proportion of this under the name Levatherm F. In addition to the existing Lanxess sales network, a team of experts specializing in marketing and technical service has been put in place, the company said.
Halopolymer will continue to serve the Russian market.
Fluororubbers are the perfect addition to the firm's range of high-performance rubbers, and ensures that Lanxess has exactly the “right elastomers” in its portfolio for an even wider range of highly specialized applications, said Guenther Weymans, head of the firm's Technical Rubber Products business unit.
Moscow-based Halopolymer is one of the world's largest producers of fluoropolymer products, with 9 percent of the world market. It has over 4,500 employees and annual sales of more than $200 million.