Biesterfeld Petroplas Ltd, based in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, has been appointed sole distributor in the UK for Solvay Specialty Polymers. The agreement will come into effect in April this year.
Specifically, Biesterfeld will handle sales of the sulfone polymers Udel PSU, Radel PPSU and Veradel PESU in the UK and Ireland.
“By expanding our distribution rights to include the UK and Ireland, we are enhancing our offer of high-performance polymers from renowned market leaders,” said Dietmar Zinkand, business manager for Engineering Polymers at Biesterfeld Plastics.
Udel PSU is a high-strength, transparent plastic that offers higher heat resistance and better hydrolytic stability than polycarbonate. These features mean it is ideal for medical devices which require durability, impact strength and transparency.
Radel PPSU (polyphenylsulfone) is also suited for medical components which undergo repeated steam sterilisation. The material can be steam sterilised over 1,000 times without loss of properties.
Veradel PESU is suitable for food service applications and electronic components, such as vehicle lighting and testing devices, largely due to its flame-retardant properties.
Speaking about the new deal, Andreas Savvides, manager of channel parters at Solvay, said: “Biesterfeld has been selling our sulfone polymers in many areas of Europe since 1998. We are delighted to have this opportunity to accelerate the success of our brand with Biesterfeld in the UK and Ireland.”