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VELOX GmbH, one of Europe’s leading solution providers of raw material specialities for the plastics, composites, additives and paint & coatings industries, is offering a new, enhanced range of Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol (PETG) for injection moulding- and film extrusion applications. VELOX’ long-term partner SK Chemicals (South Korea) has recently modified its bio-based ECOZEN co-polyester lines, significantly improving their transparency and performance. Especially the cosmetic packaging industry, the food as well as household and consumer goods markets will benefit from the new development.

“The new ECOZEN portfolio is further adding value to the needs of the cosmetic and packaging industries by providing a highly transparent, heat- as well as chemical resistant polymer”, comments François Minec, General Manager at VELOX. “The colour tone of the material has been drastically improved, having become perfectly suited for clear crystal- or glass-like applications.”

Besides, ECOZEN is an eco-friendly solution, containing an appropriate amount of bio-mass and is free of Bisphenol A. Further benefits of the material are easy processing, energy efficiency, high printability, excellent recyclability as well as impact strength.

VELOX provides the new range in nearly all European countries.

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VELOX GmbH, one of Europe’s leading solution providers of raw material specialities for the plastics, composites, additives and paint & coatings industries, is pleased to announce a new distribution partnership with Life Material Technologies Limited (Thailand), a well-known manufacturer of antimicrobial additives and treatments for the plastics, coatings and textile industries. VELOX will be exclusive distributor in the DACH, Benelux and Nordics regions.

Stefan Rokitta, Product Manager at VELOX, comments: “With this new partnership, VELOX is extending its existing antimicrobial portfolio and is able to address new target markets for compounding, extrusion and injection moulding applications. We are looking forward to a very successful cooperation with Life Material Technologies.”

VELOX will be offering organic and inorganic antimicrobial additives and tailor-made masterbatches for different polymer processing requirements. Key markets for LIFE™ antimicrobial product protection are home appliance goods, bathware products and textiles where effective elimination or killing of bacteria, fungi, algae and other microorganisms is of great importance. “LIFE has price-competitive solutions with regard to the currently increasing demand for antimicrobial technologies delivering not only reliable inhibition of bacteria and odour but also colour as well as temperature stability”, highlights Rokitta.

LIFE`s solutions comply with the European Union’s Biocidal Products Regulation (EU BPR 528/ 2012). Furthermore, free antimicrobial testing in accordance with ISO 22196 or JIS Z 2801 against bacteria and ISO 846 or ASTM G21 against fungi as well as testing in accordance with other special organisms are available upon request.

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VELOX and Ilium Composites announce new European distribution partnership

VELOX GmbH, a leading pan-European distributor of raw material specialities and solution provider for the plastics and composites industries, is pleased to announce a new distribution partnership with Ilium Composites, a manufacturer of unique and innovative glass reinforcements for closed mould and speciality applications.

In order to maximise market penetration and ensure first class service to all customers, Ilium recognised the need to collaborate with a partner that has a broad network, highly technical sales teams and a professional customer service reputation. Upon announcing the partnership, Colin Leatham-Locke, Ilium Composites Business Development Manager, commented, “We are delighted to join forces with VELOX, a company with a long and successful history in European distribution. This is a vital step in the growth of Ilium’s regional sales and it was a natural choice after meeting with the VELOX team. Both companies share a vison and culture which will ensure long term, mutual success and continued product innovation, in a market which demands the very highest levels of product quality and service”.

Ilium Composites develops and manufactures the advanced fibreglass reinforcements using a new and unique process technology that has been patented. One product range is dedicated to Closed Mould Processes (RTM, Light-RTM, Press), another range is devoted to the Pultrusion process. The specific reinforcements are being applied by customers in the transportation, construction, recreational and alternative energy industries.

VELOX will be providing the advanced fibreglass reinforcements across Europe, besides the DACH region and Spain.

“We are looking forward to a long and successful cooperation with Ilium Composites and are pleased to offer our customers in the different industries an even more expanded range of high-quality reinforcements”, says Serge Gradys, Business Unit Manager Composites at VELOX. “My special thanks go to Mr. Fabrice Defrance, European Commercial Manager at Ilium Composites, who put his trust in VELOX in the first place.”

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VELOX introduces Repsol’s Healthcare® brand at FAKUMA

VELOX GmbH is introducing Repsol, its new partner for pharmaceutical and medical applications, at this year’s FAKUMA (booth 5001 in Hall B5). Repsol is one of the leading polyolefin producers in Europe. Having integrated the full range of Repsol Healthcare® polyolefins into its specialised product portfolio, VELOX offers added value to customers who are looking for a diversification of their sources – especially with regard to risk management required in the new European Medical Device Regulation (MDR).

“With over 40 years of experience, Repsol is a globally well-known producer of polyolefins. On the other hand, VELOX is very experienced in the medical and pharmaceutical plastics market in Europe and beyond”, highlights Siobhan Bastiansen, Market Manager Medical Plastics at VELOX. “Together, we are offering not only a unique portfolio of polyolefins but also qualified technical, commercial as well as regulatory support.”

Unique portfolio with PP, EVA, PE for pharmaceutical packaging and medical devices
VELOX provides medical polyolefins of the new Repsol Healthcare® brand – Polypropylene (PP), Polyethylene (PE) and Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) – for the following application fields.

Application Fields:

- PP HOMO Syringes, inhalers, medical equipment, closures, trays, bags ...
- PP RANDOM Syringes, inhalers, medical equipment, closures, trays, bags ...
- LDPE BFS monodose, Blister packs
- HDPE Bottles, Containers
- EVA COPOLYMER IV bags, tubing

The products meet European & US Pharmacopoeias (USP/EP) requirements.

VELOX offers Repsol’s Healthcare® products in Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and United Kingdom.

At FAKUMA (booth 5001 in hall B5), VELOX’ medical plastics team is looking forward to providing more insights on these new products as well as qualified advice on how to integrate them into the customer’s value chain.

About Repsol
Repsol
is one of the leading energy groups and one of the top private oil companies in the world with presence in key areas of high potential in the international energy map. A global company that seeks the welfare of the people and is expected to build a better future through the development of smart energy.
Repsol, in its integrated Chemical activity, manufactures and markets a wide variety of products, ranging from base petrochemicals to derivatives. It is on the basis of this integration and its constant focus on value creation that Repsol has succeeded in securing its customers’ trust, with highly innovative and differentiated products and services; ensuring a sound business growth in the medium and long term; and marketing its products in more than 95 countries.

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Interview with François Minec, General Manager at VELOX

With almost 25 years of commercial and technical expertise in the plastics and composites industry, VELOX has built up a long-lasting and extensive worldwide network with suppliers for raw material specialities. In addition to the distribution of the partner products, the company has continued to expand its business activities and now goes the next step as a comprehensive solution provider developing and producing highly specialised and application-specific solutions for the plastics industry. Under the brand name PrimeTec® VELOX will be providing individual new developments as well as modifications for a wide range of products. First projects have already started. At FAKUMA (hall 5001, booth B5), VELOX’ experts will answer all questions regarding PrimeTec®.

What is PrimeTec®?
PrimeTec® is VELOX’ own brand for highly customised and application-specific technical plastics solutions. In addition to our vast portfolio of partner products we are also developing new tailored solutions or modifications of existing products that our clients otherwise cannot find on the market or where they need an alternative.

What will VELOX exactly provide under the brand PrimeTec®?
The range of solutions provided will contain all from smart modifications or adaptations for specific applications, alternatives to existing high-specific products to the development of completely new solutions not yet available on the market.

How will VELOX develop the customised solutions?
Depending on the solution needed, we will be producing the requested solutions ourselves within the facilities of our development partner SETUP Performance or in close cooperation with our longtime partner network. We will be cooperating closely with our customers, taking into consideration their specific needs and requirements and making sure they get fast and competent support. Besides, we are also able to develop and provide small quantities.

Is there already demand on the market?
In recent years, we have seen a growing demand for diverse high-end solutions that are not available on the market and need to be developed individually. We have already started with several PrimeTec® projects with existing and new clients, who need bespoke solutions for industrial and food applications.

What does PrimeTec® mean for VELOX?
With PrimeTec®, VELOX makes the next logical step from a distributor to a comprehensive solution provider. We have always been more than just a trader of raw material specialities. For the last 25 years we have provided our customers in the plastics, composites, rubber as well as paints and coatings industries in Europe and beyond with high-end materials in all quantities as well as with bespoke consulting, technical support, after-sales service, documentations and trainings.
With PrimeTec®, we will be offering specialities beyond our current portfolio. Therefore, we will find our what our customers need and cannot easily find on the market, or where they look for alternatives because of divers reasons, e. g. challenges regarding processing, small quantities, quality etc. We will than check our possibilities to develop that solution, providing our customers comprehensive support through all the following steps.

For further information contact VELOX’ Engineering Plastics experts at FAKUMA or under mailplastics(at)velox.com, or visit VELOX’ website: http://www.velox.com/products/plastics/landingpage-primetec/

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Environmentally and health friendly, lightweight, highly efficient and economical: FRX Polymers Inc., the global leader in polymeric halogen-free flame retardant solutions, has announced the availability of its Nofia® non-halogenated polyphosphonates as a replacement for antimony trioxide (ATO) in brominated flame retardant products. VELOX GmbH is FRX Polymers’ exclusive distribution partner in Europe and provides a wide range of additives solutions as well as comprehensive technical support and consultation. Nofia® is best-suited for use in consumer electronics, textiles, building, construction and transportation markets.

“For the time being Nofia’s effectiveness as an ATO replacement has been reported in glass-filled nylon 66, polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)”, says Jasmin Seebade, Product Manager Additives at VELOX. “The industry has been waiting for a non-toxic as well as more efficient and economic substitute for ATO for a long time. Now, that our partner FRX Polymers has successfully validated Nofia®’s use as an excellent synergist in brominated flame retardant systems, we are delighted to provide our European customers with a proven solution.”

Nofia® polyphosphonates are delivering lighter weight and reduced cost. In typical formulations, the end customer will start to experience a savings per part when using Nofia® versus ATO, when ATO prices are higher than about $5.5/kg. (see accompanying diagram below). Due to its polymeric nature, Nofia® will deliver improved mechanical properties compared to ATO and will not migrate or bleed out of the host plastic over time. In contrast, ATO has a tendency to migrate out of the host plastic over time. The elimination of health and environmental concerns associated with ATO is just another benefit of using Nofia®.

"Our unique non-halogenated flame retardants winning broad support across a range of applications and this new use is another example where Nofia polyphosphonates' versatility stands out," says Dr. Jan-Pleun Lens, Vice President, Research and Applications, for FRX Polymers.

Nofia® polyphosphonates are being sold as polymeric flame retardant additives, flame retardant engineering plastics, and as reactive flame retardant additives for thermosetting resins. During production a solvent-free process has been established with no waste by-products, to name only two sustainable green principles of this award-winning technology. 

VELOX is happy to provide more detailed information and samples on request.

Contact at VELOX:
Jasmin Seebade
Product Manager Additives
T: + 49 40 36968864
F: +49 40 369 688 88
E: seebade(at)velox.com

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We are delighted to have received again a very positive feedback with a 90 % recommendation rate from our Customer Satisfaction Survey aiming at better understanding our customers’ needs and easing their ordering process Thank you for your helpful feedback by which you also supported a good cause. As promised, VELOX has donated 1euro for each completed questionnaire to the VIVA CON AGUA water projects.

A great company is about a great team spirit. This summer VELOX participated with five teams at the 11th Mopo- Staffellauf 2017 in Hamburg, Germany, which is organised for a good cause.  At an all-time high of 2052 registered teams,  almost 10.300 people decided to run 5km through the biggest city park of Hamburg. But this was not the only broken record this year. Three out of five VELOX teams were faster than the fastest team from 2016.

2017:
VELOX team 5: 2:14:41 h
VELOX team 2: 2:15:16 h
VELOX team 1: 2:15:16 h

2016:
Best time: 2:18:30 h

Thank you all for participating at this event. We are already looking forward to 2018!

VELOX hold its summer sales meetings for the Plastics, Additives and CASE divisions in Hamburg. During those days, team members from all over Europe met to exchange about their business challenges and the industry. More meetings with VELOX’ suppliers or external partners took place in order to bring better services and stronger know-how to customers.
After those long days of trainings, several evenings were planned to have some fun for example on a boat trip on the Elbe, a paddle boat race on the Alster, ...
Thank you everyone for your organisation and participation!

VELOX launches VEMAB® FR a tailor-made range of Flame Retardant Masterbatches

VELOX GmbH (“VELOX”), a leading distributor of raw material specialities for the plastics, composites, rubber, paints and coatings industries, provides its customers an individual and high-quality service thanks to its very experienced sales force.

The Hamburg-based company enhances its Flame Retardant Additives portfolio launching an own range of seven brominated and halogen-free FR masterbatches branded VEMAB® FR in order to meet the customer’s requirements in the very demanding Flame Retardant market.

VEMAB® FR can be used in many different applications such as extrusion of film, sheets, cables, blow and injection moulding. It is further suitable for a wide range of thermoplastic polymers such as PE, PP, TPO, PA, PS and derivates, and many more.

VELOX is pleased to provide more detailed information and samples.

Nadia Kursawe, Business Manager Additives Division at VELOX, comments: „We are glad to enlarge our flame retardant portfolio with VEMAB® FR masterbatches, which will offer our customers additional options and solutions”.

VELOX will be present at the Fakuma show from the 17th to 21st of October 2017 in Friedrichshafen. Our team is looking forward to meeting you at our stand to discuss the VEMAB® FR grades in your applications.

Contact at VELOX
Rolf Gasser
Product Manager Additive Division
T: +49 40 369 688 920
F: +49 40 369 688 88
E: gasser(at)velox.com

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