CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH (April 2015) – Emerald Kalama Chemical BV, a business of Emerald Performance Materials LLC, has made a key new distribution appointment for the K-FLEX® platform of fast fusing plasticizers and low-VOC coalescents.

BCD Chemie GmbH will service the K-FLEX® distribution in DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland).

“Emerald continues to build its infrastructure in the EMEA region in response to demand for more environmentally friendly materials that deliver the performance that manufacturers need,” said Hans Dick Terhenne, K-FLEX® business director for EMEA. “BCD… (is) the right company to provide customers with the service they need and to further develop our business in the region.”

Terhenne continued, “BCD... provide(s) extensive plasticizer and industry knowledge, a broad portfolio of related products and an ambitious team. Their existing technical knowledge of the market, coupled with their large customer base, will support the market introduction of K- FLEX® in key growing market segments, such as sealants, water-based adhesives, vinyl and coatings. We expect to substantially grow the business in existing applications and to boost the development of new markets and applications.”

K-FLEX® products are utilized as highly effective plasticizers in adhesives, PVC plastisols and compounds, caulks, sealants and other latex polymer applications, as well as coalescents in paints, coatings, inks and graphic arts. K-FLEX® products are known as environmentally friendly specialty plasticizers and coalescents: low-VOC, readily biodegradable and REACH-registered. In addition, K-FLEX® plasticizers and coalescents enhance key performance features, such as film formation, adhesion, processing characteristics and resistance of the end-product to oil, grease and water. This makes them a better value choice when compared to other industry standard plasticizers and coalescents.

The new distribution partner affirm the demand for K-Flex products in the region. Managing Director of BCD, Lars Schneider commented, "We are excited about the cooperation with Emerald Kalama as it is a unique fit to our existing product portfolio and will allow us to bring additional value to our customers with Emerald's technical innovative and environmentally sustainable product solutions."

The K-FLEX® product line is currently manufactured at the company’s ISO-9001:2008 and ISO-14001 certified operations in Rotterdam (Netherlands) and in Kalama, Washington (United States). Emerald Kalama Chemical also produces sodium and potassium benzoate, benzoic acid and intermediates and specialty flavor and fragrance ingredients, which the company sells globally through its distribution partners.

About Emerald

Emerald Kalama Chemical is a business group of Emerald Performance Materials, LLC. Emerald produces and markets technologically advanced specialty chemicals for a broad range of food and industrial applications. Its products play a variety of roles in the products that are consumed and used every day, enabling them to last longer, look, smell, taste or perform better. Emerald® products are used in aerospace, food, beverages, cosmetics, toothpaste, household products, paint, tires, automobiles, sports gear and many other applications. Headquartered in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Emerald has four business groups, eight operations and approximately 750 employees.

About BCD Chemie GmbH

BCD Chemie GmbH, headquartered in Hamburg, Germany is one of the leading specialty chemical distributors in Europe. Linking world-class chemical manufacturers and chemical users in all major applications, BCD Chemie services more than 10.000 customers. Based on its wide ranging application know-how, the company provides product solutions and value-adding services to its partners, including mixing and blending, supply-chain-management, tailor-made services and extensive technical support.