MOSCOW (MRC) -- Arkema Inc., a manufacturer of specialty polyamide coating additives, has appointed Megafarma, the Mexican affiliate of Azelis Americas, LLC as its exclusive distributor for coating applications in Mexico, effective Jan. 1, 2022, said the company.
The Orgasol and Rilsan® D polyamide products are high performance coating additives designed for liquid and UV coatings. Based on Arkema’s specialty polyamide chemistries and proprietary processing, these additives improve multiple performance aspects of coating formulations such as abrasion, stain and chemical resistance while also providing gloss control and texture. These advanced materials are utilized extensively across a wide range of high performance market segments including coil, wood, flooring, automotive, electronics and transfer paper. The Orgasol® product line includes polyamide 6, polyamide 12 and polyamide 612 powders and are designed with an exceptionally narrow particle size distribution. The range of polyamide 11 powders is marketed under the Rilsan® trademark, a completely bio-circular polymer derived from renewable and sustainable castor oil.
"Since 2016, the Azelis team has done a terrific job promoting these products in Canada,” said Steve Serpe, North American market manager at Arkema Inc. “The technical and commercial expertise of the Megafarma team ideally positions them to penetrate the high performance coatings industry in Mexico."
Arkema recently commissioned a new production line for Orgasol® polyamide powders at the Mont plant in France, increasing its global capacity by over 50 percent to support the increased market demand for these materials in fast-growing industrial applications.
As per MRC, Arkema is further increasing its fluoropolymer production capacities in Changshu, China, by 35% in 2022. The increase in capacity is scheduled to come on stream before the end of 2022, the company said in a statement. Financial and overall capacity details of the expansion project were not disclosed.
As per MRC, Arkema has brought on stream new Kynar PVDF capacities in its Calvert-City plant in the United States. With this 20% increase in its US production capacities, Arkema will further support its customers’ strong demand in the region. Through this investment and following the successful start-up of a similar expansion at its Changshu, China plant in 2017, Arkema, which operates fluoropolymer production facilities on the three major continents - Europe, North America, and Asia, further consolidates its world-leading position in PVDF.
Arkema is one of the world's leading chemical manufacturers headquartered in Colombes (near Paris, France). Founded in 2004 as a result of the restructuring of the French oil company Total, Arkema, with a turnover of EUR6.5 billion, has operations in 40 countries, 10 research centers around the world, and 85 factories in Europe, North America and Asia.