Orbassano, Italy—Brenntag A.G. opened a new specialized rubber service facility in Orbassano, which the firm said is a strategically ideal location close to the national automotive industry in Italy.
The company said in an international expanding rubber industry, this new site enables it to service customers not only throughout Europe but on a global level. The site consists of a warehouse, laboratory, new office and blending and packaging installations.
"The new site is one further step in our specialties strategy which we strive to strengthen continuously," said Karsten Beckmann, CEO Brenntag Europe, Middle East and Africa. "We are glad to offer our customers a broad range of value added services through this new facility. This investment demonstrates once more Brenntag's strong industry dedication in the rubber market coupled with highly consistent and professional services. This will be further fuelled by the establishment of a pan European [rubber] business unit in the first quarter of this year."
The firm said new equipment will allow it to cover the whole process for treatment of raw materials—from handling rubber liquid and solid additives to chemical analysis in the laboratory.
Brenntag will also be able to store up to nearly 4,000 pallets.
The new operation will feature pre-packs, weighted and filled to customer requirements and all ingredients for a certain formula, then combined into a bag-in-bag. Brenntag said customers can directly process the bag without having to unpack it because the plastic bags disperse over the course of the mixing.
Brenntag provides business-to-business distribution solutions for industrial and specialty chemicals by linking manufacturers and chemical users globally. The firm has more than 10,000 products and services more than 170,000 customers.
The firm is headquartered in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany and a global network with more than 450 locations in more than 70 countries. In 2012 the company had global sales of $15.7 billion and employs approximately 13,000.