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Emerald Kalama Chemical Hires Aktas to Distribute its K-FLEX® Plasticizer Products in Turkey

Published on 2012-07-10. Author : SpecialChem

CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH -- Emerald Kalama Chemical, a division of Emerald Performance Materials, LLC and a leading supplier of additives for food and beverage, flavor and fragrance, household and industrial applications, has entered into a distribution agreement with Ak-tas Dis Ticaret A.S. (Aktas) to support growth of its K-FLEX® plasticizer products in Turkey. The K-FLEX product line is currently manufactured at the company's ISO-9001:2008 and ISO-14001 certified operation in Kalama, Washington (United States), which has undergone two expansions in recent years. Emerald will be commissioning its latest K-FLEX line expansion at its plant in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) in the third quarter of this year to support its global growth plan and to more efficiently serve the EMEA region.

K-FLEX products are appealing as a more environmentally friendly alternative to phthalate plasticizers because they are low VOC, readily biodegradable, non-SVHC, and are REACH-pre-registered materials. They have proven to be highly effective as plasticizers in adhesives, PVC compounds, caulks, sealants, coatings and other latex polymer applications because of their ability to enhance film formation, adhesion, processing characteristics and improve the resistance of the end-product to oil, grease and water.

"Emerald continues to build its infrastructure in the EMEA region in response to demand for more environmentally friendly, non-phthalate materials that deliver the performance manufacturers need," said Golnar Motahari Pour, K-FLEX product line manager for EMEA. "Emerald was looking for the right company to provide customers with the service they need and to further develop our business in the region. Aktas has a proven track record with Emerald as a long-term distributor of our benzoate and intermediate products. As such, we have confidence in their ability to support Emerald Kalama Chemical's growth plans and provide our customers in Turkey with excellent service. Their existing technical knowledge of the plasticizer market, coupled with their large customer base, will support the market introduction of K- FLEX in key growing market segments such as sealants, water-based adhesives and vinyl in Turkey. We look forward to working in partnership with Atkas to support the market needs in the region."

Emerald Kalama Chemical also produces sodium and potassium benzoate, benzoic acid and intermediates, and specialty flavor and fragrance ingredients, which the company sells globally through its distribution partners. Emerald Kalama Chemical products are used in a range of applications from beverage preservatives to personal care and household products, as well as industrial applications.

About Aktas

Aktas is a trading and distribution company focusing on bulk, packaged industrial and specialty chemicals. The bulk operations are handled from its vast storage terminal located in Derince, Izmit. With a capacity of 40,000 cubic meters, in addition to its various packaging and filtration facilities, it has achieved ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001 quality certifications.

About Emerald Performance Materials, LLC

Emerald Kalama Chemical is a division of Emerald Performance Materials, LLC. Emerald produces and markets technologically advanced specialty chemicals for a broad range of food and industrial applications. Its products play a variety of roles in the products that are consumed and used every day, enabling them to last longer, look, smell, taste or perform better. Emerald™ products are used in aerospace, food, beverages, cosmetics, toothpaste, household products, paint, tires, automobiles, sports gear and many other applications. Headquartered in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Emerald has four business units, eight operations and approximately 700 employees.

Source: Emerald

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