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Bayer retains Ashland for TPU distribution, adds PolyOne for PC

The dust continues to settle following Sabic Innovative Plastics’ (Pittsfield, MA) decision to shift from a self-distribution model to using Ashland Inc.’s distribution arm to deliver its polycarbonate (PC) materials in North America.

’s distribution arm to deliver its polycarbonate (PC) materials in North America. PC competitor Bayer MaterialScience LLC (BMS; Pittsburgh, PA) says Ashland will remain an authorized distributor of its Texin and Desmopan thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) despite the fact that it will pull its PC business from Ashland effective Aug. 1.

Going forward, Bayer’s PC products will be available in North America through PolyOne (Avon Lake, OH) and M. Holland Co. (Northbrook, IL), with regional distribution through Amco Plastic Materials Inc. (Farmingdale, NY) and Christler Chemicals & Plastics Inc. (Wilsonville, OR). At the end of March, BMS announced that it had added M. Holland as an authorized distributor of its PC product portfolio in the U.S., but the addition of PolyOne was a new decision.

In a release, BMS said the last day it will accept orders from Ashland is May 29, 2009. Both companies called the decision to sever ties mutual. Michael Rademacher, PolyOne’s senior VP and general manager distribution says, “[PolyOne] has been partners with Bayer MaterialScience for over 20 years, and we are delighted to continue to build on this long-term relationship in serving the entire NAFTA region with their full range of resin products.” BMS’s PC portfolio includes Makrolon PC resin, Apec high-heat PC, Makroblend PC/polyester alloys, and Bayblend PC/ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) alloys. [email protected]

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