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Huntsman Appoints Azelis to Distribute Hot Cast Elastomers in Europe


Everberg, Belgium – The polyurethanes division of global chemical company Huntsman has strengthened its relationship with Azelis – a leading distributor and supplier of specialty chemicals. Azelis has been appointed official distributor of Huntsman Tecnoelastomeri’s TECNOTHANE® products in France and Benelux.

TECNOTHANE® hot-cast, engineering elastomers are an advanced portfolio of polyurethane-based products. Produced by Huntsman Tecnoelastomeri – a specialist systems house based in Italy – TECNOTHANE® products are very versatile. Providing good chemical resistance and mechanical, dynamical performance, they are the ideal material for the manufacture of robust wheels, seals, rollers, pads and other technical parts, that are needed for heavy-duty industrial applications.

Huntsman and Azelis are long-term partners. The two companies started working together in 1993 and the latest supply agreement builds on an existing arrangement. Azelis already distributes core products from Huntsman’s SUPRASEC® MDI product range across most of Europe.

Patrick Hanselaer, Commercial Market Manager Coatings & PU at Azelis, said: “We are delighted to increase our cooperation with Huntsman and look forward to forging a close working relationship with the team at Huntsman Tecnoelastomeri.  Our existing knowledge of Huntsman’s operations, and our established distribution network, will enable us to quickly extend the promotion and supply of TECNOTHANE® hot-cast elastomers. We are excited to provide our customers across France and Benelux with access to a family of innovative engineering elastomers plus expert advice on their application across a wide range of industries.”

Luca Fanti, Global Techno-Commercial Manager at Huntsman Tecnoelastomeri, said: “At Huntsman Tecnoelastomeri we have a very successful business model in place, which we are looking to replicate around the world. We already have a strong foothold in Europe and a solid customer base for our TECNOTHANE® elastomers. Signing a distribution deal with Azelis will enable us to consolidate this position while looking for new opportunities. We look forward to working with the team at Azelis and extending a long-standing cooperation that has proved productive over the years.”