PARIS—Safic-Alcan SAS, located in the La Defense business district of the Paris metro area, has expanded its distribution agreement with Labema, of Lorette, France.
The new agreement will cover Portugal, Poland, South Africa, Czech Republic and Slovakia, in addition to its previous coverages areas of Turkey, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Ukraine and Malaysia.
Labema focuses on the production of flash rust inhibitors and liquid anti-corrosion additives.
"Both Safic-Alcan and Labema share the same core values," said J.P.P. Laronze, founder and CEO of Labema. "We trust their technical sales teams to develop our presence in these new territories. Their customers will of course benefit from our fully equipped laboratory."
The new distribution agreement extends the entire Labema portfolio (lubricants, coolant agents, temporary metal protections) to these new areas, with the exception of Germany, which will receive the non-coating applications only.
"Labema has a strong expertise in the formulation of inhibitors and evaluation of flash-rusting and corrosion phenomena," said Jean-Marie Schmuck, business development director of coatings and construction at Safic-Alcan. "For several years, they have also been innovative by developing the Vegerust range, replacing fossil-based raw materials by renewable alternatives.
"Such specialty additives are particularly in line with our portfolio strategy and sustainability initiatives."
Safic-Alcan distributes polymers, materials and additives for the rubber, coatings, adhesives, thermoplastics, polyurethane, lubricants, detergency, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals industries. The company employs 644 people worldwide.