Reichhold appoints Azelis Company as UK distribution partner

21 July 2008

Research Triangle Park, NC (July 17, 2008) – Reichhold, the world’s largest producer of unsaturated polyester resins for the fabrication of composites products and a leading supplier for coating resins, has appointed an Azelis company, Brøste UK, as its distribution partner to serve the UK market with the exception of sales in Northern Ireland.

Reichhold customers for polyester, vinyl ester, gel coat and bonding paste products come from a number of market sectors including wind energy, building and construction, marine, transportation and kitchen and bath manufacturing.

Regional Sales Manager Maarten van den Ouden said, “We maintain that our quality brands should be supported by quality service. Through this new partnership our customers will gain the benefit of a dedicated and technically experienced team from the Azelis Composites International Business with many years of application experience in this highly specialised area. We expect to continue to meet our customers´ needs and exceed their expectations.”

Gianni Ostelli, Azelis Composites International Business Director, added, “It reaffirms for Azelis the value of having a specialist focus in this highly technical application area. We look forward to providing excellent customer service and to growing the business for Reichhold.”

About Azelis

· Azelis was formed in 2001 and has pursued a ‘growth by acquisition strategy’, purchasing small and medium specialty distributors, whilst at the same time developing organic growth through the identification of synergies among member companies.

· The Azelis Group achieved sales of €1.1 billion in 2007 and employs 1100 people.

· The Azelis Group currently comprises 36 companies, operates in 26 European countries and has offices in Shanghai, Mumbai and Moscow. It offers international chemical producers access to many specialised market segments. Its international business units focus on providing products and specialist technical services into the Food & Health, Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care, Animal Nutrition, Plastics, Composites, Rubber, Coatings and Chemical Industries.

About Reichhold
Founded in 1927, Reichhold celebrates 81 years in business in 2008. With its world headquarters and technology center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA, Reichhold is the world’s largest manufacturer of unsaturated polyester resins and a leading supplier of coating resins for the industrial, transportation, building and construction, marine, consumer and graphic arts markets. Reichhold has manufacturing operations throughout North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe and Asia.

Reichhold’s composite brands are:

POLYLITE® - Reinforced and non-reinforced applications
HYDREX® - High performance vinyl ester resins designed specifically for excellent hydrolytic stability
in applications such as boat building and spa manufacturing
NORPOL® - Compounded products such as gel coats and bonding pastes
DION® - Industrial and infrastructure resin products (previously branded ATLAC)

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