International distributor Biesterfeld and science-based company Solvay are expanding their joint portfolio. As of 1 January 2023, Biesterfeld will be responsible for the distribution of the high-performance plastics KetaSpire® and AvaSpire®. The new agreement applies to all of the EMEA region with the exception of Italy.
KetaSpire® PEEK and AvaSpire® PAEK are engineering thermoplastics whose notable property is their exceptionally high heat resistance. The materials retain their thermal stability at temperatures of up to 315 °C and long-term thermal oxidation stability at up to 240 °C. The products offer outstanding chemical resistance and high fatigue resistance. KetaSpire® and AvaSpire® also have inherent flame resistance and are extremely resistant to wear.
These properties make both product families an effective alternative to metal in some of the most severe end-use environments. In the mobility segment, the materials are especially popular in applications under the hood and in the drivetrain. Typical medical applications include reusable, sterilisable surgical instruments and devices. KetaSpire® and AvaSpire® are also used in the semiconductor industry (for example in wafer carriers, etch rings, pins and fasteners) as well as in thrust washers, sealing rings and bushings.
"With their unique combination of properties, the KetaSpire® and AvaSpire® product families are the ideal solution for a wide range of demanding applications," says Christian Bertram, Business Manager High-Performance Polymers, Biesterfeld Plastic. "We're excited to be able to offer our customers added value with these new products and delighted at the confidence shown in us by Solvay."
"Biesterfeld and Solvay have a highly successful partnership that goes back decades," adds Dries Steijnen, Sales Director Channel Partners EMEA. "We're delighted to be continuing our strategic partnership and we believe Biesterfeld will place both product families optimally on the market."
Solvay is a science company whose technologies bring benefits to many aspects of daily life. With more than 24,100 employees in 64 countries, Solvay bonds people, ideas and elements to reinvent progress. The Group seeks to create sustainable shared value for all, notably through its Solvay One Planet plan crafted around three pillars: protecting the climate, preserving resources and fostering better life. The Group’s innovative solutions contribute to safer, cleaner, and more sustainable products found in homes, food and consumer goods, planes, cars, batteries, smart devices, health care applications, water and air purification systems. Founded in 1863, Solvay today ranks among the world’s top three companies for the vast majority of its activities and delivered net sales of €10.2 billion in 2019. Solvay is listed on Euronext Brussels (SOLB) and Paris and in the United States, where its shares (SOLVY) are traded through a Level I ADR program. Learn more at www.solvay.com.
About Biesterfeld Plastic
Biesterfeld Plastic GmbH is a leading international distributor for the plastics industry. Global polymer producers such as Celanese, DuPont, ExxonMobil, INEOS, BASF, Solvay, CHIMEI and LG Chem rely on the long-standing partnership with Biesterfeld Plastic and have been growing side by side with the company for many decades. With its locally based sales teams and technical engineers, the distributor advises its customers from a wide range of segments. The company makes independent material recommendations, advises on product development, process optimisation and offers customised commercial and logistical solutions.
Biesterfeld Plastic is a division of the Biesterfeld Group, one of the world's leading distribution and service companies in the field of plastics, rubber and specialty chemicals. Founded in 1906 in Hamburg, Germany, today the group has more than 1000 employees across 50 locations in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa and generates an annual revenue of 1.4 billion EUR. The fully family-owned company operates in the business divisions Biesterfeld Plastic, Biesterfeld Spezialchemie and Biesterfeld Performance Rubber.