Bayer MaterialScience LLC (BMS; Pittsburgh, PA) has added M. Holland Co. (Chicago) as an authorized distributor of its polycarbonate (PC) product portfolio in the U.S. Effective immediately, M. Holland will use its more than 70 warehouses, as well as packaging and bulk terminals across the continental U.S., to distribute BMS’s Makrolon PC resin, Apec high-heat PC, Makroblend PC/polyester alloys, and Bayblend PC/ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) alloys.
M. Holland also distributes PC from Taiwanese firm Chimei, including its Wonderlite PC and Wonderloy PC/ABS. M. Holland splits the U.S. into five geographic regions (West, Central, Midwest, Ohio Valley, Northeast, and Southeast) and claims to inventory more than 80 million lb of material at its warehouses and terminals on a daily basis.
In Mid-March, SABIC Innovative Plastics (Pittsfield, MA) announced it would shift from a direct-distribution model in North America and Central America for its materials, including Lexan PC, to one utilizing distributor Ashland Distribution (Covington, KY). BMS did not respond to questions from PlasticsToday as to whether BMS’ move was in response to SABIC shifting its PC products to Ashland Distribution. Ashland's Ken Gordon offered the following statement: "Ashland is currently an authorized distributor of Bayer MatrialScience product in North America, and while we are anticipating some changes to our line card, we don't know what they will be at this time. We will work with our customers to make sure their raw material supplies are secure."
In other Bayer news, Bayer MaterialScience AG (Leverkusen, Germany) will sell its Thermoplastics Testing Center (TTC) to Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL; Northbrook, IL). Based at Chempark Krefeld-Uerdingen, the TTC can perform more than 200 different testing procedures and employs 65, all of whom will be taken on by Underwriters Laboratories. UL is an independent product safety certification organization that evaluates more than 19,000 types of products, components, materials, and systems annually with 20 billion UL Marks appearing on 72,000 manufacturers’ products each year. —[email protected]