1/1/2003

Shawnee Canada Ltd. Vinnolit Distributor for PVC Resins. Single distribution channel in the North American PVC Market


With the appointment of Shawnee Canada, Toronto and Shawnee Chemical, Princeton, as sole distributor for the entire range of Vinnolit's dispersion, blending and thermoplastic specialty resins, Vinnolit has established a single distribution channel in the North American PVC market. "This is an important milestone for even better serving our customers in Canada and the US and provides excellent growth opportunities for Vinnolit's specialty resins," said Dr Thomas Brock, Head of the Business Team, Plastisol-/Laquer Processing & Overseas Services.

Shawnee Chemical has over 20 years experience in the distribution and sales of PVC resins and plasticizers. David W. Mallette, Vice President Sales of Shawnee Canada Ltd., said: "This dynamic partnership now provides an unified level of customer service and distribution throughout the U.S. and Canada. Shawnee's coverage & knowledge of the market place and Vinnolit's unique high-tech resins supported by a top-notch Technical Service team provide outstanding value to our customers."

Vinnolit is the leading manufacturer of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in Germany, one of the most important players in Europe, and worldwide is among the Top 10 in the vinyl industry, with a strong focus on dispersion and blending resins. Constant attention to customer needs over many years, combined with superior technical expertise, has enabled Vinnolit to establish a leading market position in the area of PVC products for specialty applications.

Vinnolit was acquired in 2000 by Advent International Inc., a leading US based private equity firm invested in over 500 companies in 35 countries.

In the US Vinnolit is represented by Shawnee Chemical, Princeton, NJ, and in Mexico by Selladores Tensoactivos y Especialidades Quimicas (Sellateq), Coyoacan.

Contacts:David W. Mallette, Vice President Sales
Shawnee Canada, 1586 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6K IJ7
Phone: (001) 416-588-9916, Fax: -0128, e-mail:
davidwmallette@sympatico.ca

Dr Oliver Mieden, Environmental Affairs / Corporate Communications
Vinnolit GmbH & Co. KG, Carl-Zeiss-Ring 25, D-85737 Ismaning / Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 89 - 96103-208, Fax: -109, e-mail:
oliver.mieden@vinnolit.com

About Shawnee Chemical Company, Inc./Shawnee Canada Ltd.

Shawnee Chemical, founded in 1980, and Shawnee Canada, founded in 1986, provide distribution, sales and marketing services to producers of PVC and additives for PVC systems. Operating with a staff of fourteen and a network of warehouses in Toronto and Montreal and the East and Midwest US, shipments are available to customers either directly from producers or through local inventories. In addition to Vinnolit's specialty resins, Shawnee represents several other producers of general purpose and commodity PVC resins and Plasticizers.
sales@shawchem.com

About Vinnolit GmbH & Co. KG

With an annual capacity of 1.4 billion lbs (650,000 metric tonnes) Vinnolit is the leading PVC manufacturer in Germany, one of the most important producers in Europe and, worldwide, is among the Top 10 in the vinyl industry. National and international activities of the company are managed from Ismaning, near Munich, Germany. Vinnolit operates two upstream-integrated twin sites for PVC production. Turnover of Vinnolit GmbH & Co. KG in 2002 amounted to €537 million. The Managing Directors are Dr Josef Ertl and Hans-Juergen Zippel. The Vinnolit group employs 1,600 staff. Vinnolit produces and markets a wide range of PVC grades covering all kinds of PVC applications. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a particularly versatile material - functional, economical, environmentally sustainable - which is used in many areas of industry and in many different applications.

Tailor made Vinnolit PVC grades for specialty applications:

    • high yield resins
    • pseudoplastic resins with excellent foamability and whiteness
    • newtonian resins with high filler acceptance
    • very low viscosity resins
    • low soap resins
    • copolymeric dispersion resins
    • copolymeric blending resins
    • homopolymeric blending resins
    • matting agents
    • special grades for automotive leather, flooring, wallpaper, UB-coatings and others
www.vinnolit.com
www.adventinternational.com