Shawnee Chemical appointed Vinnolit US Distributor

Effective immediately, Shawnee Chemical will offer exclusively the entire range of Vinnolit's dispersion, blending and thermoplastic specialty resins. Shawnee Chemical has over 20 years experience in the distribution of PVC resins and plasticizers. Terrence M. Hurley, President and Founder of Shawnee Chemical, said: "The broad range of Vinnolit's specialty PVC resins include a number of products with unique properties that will be of immediate interest to US formulators and processors."

"We have chosen Shawnee Chemical because their experience and expertise in the American PVC market provides excellent growth opportunities for Vinnolit's specialty resins and strengthens our market perception and service level," said Dr Wolfram Proessdorf, General Manager of Vinnolit's dispersion and blending resin business. "Our US customers will benefit from this new partnership," Dr Proessdorf continued.

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 vinyls 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 special applications.

Vinnolit was acquired in 2000 by Advent International Inc., a leading US based private equity firm with $6 billion under management.

In Canada Vinnolit is represented by Henley Chemicals, Concord Ontario, and in Mexico by Selladores Tensoactivos y Especialidades Quimicas (Sellateq), Coyoacan.

Terrence M. Hurley, President
Shawnee Chemical, 600 College Road East,
Suite 3600, Princeton,
NJ 08540
Tel.: 609-799-3930,
Fax: 609-799-6576,

Dr Oliver Mieden,
Environmental Affairs / Corporate Communications
Vinnolit GmbH & Co. KG,
Carl-Zeiss-Ring 25,
85737 Ismaning / Germany
Tel.: +49 (0) 89 - 96103-208,
Fax: +49 (0) 89 - 96103-122,


About Shawnee Chemical Company, Inc.
Founded in 1980, Shawnee Chemical provides distribution, sales and marketing services to producers of PVC and additives for PVC systems. Operating with a staff of twelve and a network of warehouses in the East and Midwest US, shipments are available to customers either directly from producers or through local inventories. In addition to Vinnolit, Shawnee represents several other producers of general purpose and commodity PVC resins.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 vinyls 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 2001 amounted to €542 million. The Managing Directors are Dr Josef Ertl and Hans-Juergen Zippel. The Vinnolit group employs 1,600 staff including those at the subsidiaries, Vintron GmbH and Vinnolit Technologie GmbH & Co. KG (VinTec). 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