Bodo Möller Chemie takes over the sub-Saharan market for Kraton Polymers
With the key regions in southern Africa, the Bodo Möller Chemie Group takes over the sales & distribution for the worldwide leading copolymer products of Kraton Polymers. Starting in April, the products and relevant application know-how will be available through the distributor´s African presence in the countries of Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The polymers are used in numerous applications: in adhesives and sealants, coatings, consumer and body care products, in automobile manufacture and many other plastic products. Kraton copolymers are characterized by a combination of high strength, a very wide Shore-A hardness scale and low viscosity for easy thermoplastic processing. Also included are the high-performance Kraton additives that allow the successful upcycling of recycled plastics.
Strengthening of the presence in Africa
“Kraton has a leading position in numerous markets and, as manufacturer of polymers, can offer an enormous production capacity like few others which is the reason that it is a valuable supplier and partner for us. Together with our product solutions in the area of plastic stabilization, we offer the African customer in the polymer processing area a complete solution from one single source,” says Mark Hepburn, Managing Director of Bodo Möller Chemie South Africa (PTY) Ltd. In this way, the Bodo Möller Chemie Group is strengthening its presence in the African market, and keeps expanding its pioneering role as distributor and application specialist. USBC and HSBC block copolymers are important products for improving and specifying the properties of materials. For example, it contributes elastic advantages because the material can now be deformed, but returns to its original form, thereby meeting the high standards for special applications like polymer-modified asphalt. Soft thermoplastic elastomers are used in the packaging industry as well as in adhesive tape solutions, hoses and tubes, in the medical sector, and as coating and sealing materials.
For the cosmetics industry, Kraton presented the “Ellamera” product line last year for the formulation of beauty and cosmetic products. The versatile product range allows a novel formulation of oil-based cosmetic products. The product line is sold & distributed in Africa through Bodo Möller Chemie.