Biesterfeld is to manage distribution of fluoroelastomers (FKM) from Solvay Specialty Polymers.
The deal, which will cover distribution across the UK and Ireland, plus Europe, Russia and Brazil, will start in August this year.
The FKM polymers, sold under the Tecnoflon brand, are new to the portfolio. They are characterised by high chemical resistance to various substances, including fuels, lubricants, oils and solvents.
The polymer further offers superior thermal resistance at temperatures above 200°C.
“With TecnoflonFKM, we are pleased to be able to offer our customers technically refined, high-quality products from market leader Solvay," said Jörn Thomsen, product manager for specialty polymers, Biesterfeld Performance Rubber. "Existing and new customers will benefit from our service and our efficient supply chain solutions," he added.
Tecnoflon FKM is generally used in the automotive sector for production of hoses and seals, including O-ring seals for fuel lines and injection systems. The products offer good long-term sealing and a low compression set.
The materials are also used for applications in the aerospace and the oil and gas industries.