Asahi Kasei Plastics appoints Nitriflex as distributor in Brazil
Five strategic locations will warehouse inventories and provide R&D support

September 28, 2011
Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, Inc.

Sept. 28, 2011 – Fowlerville, Mich., Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, Inc. announces the appointment of Nitriflex Distribuidora, a Brampac Company, as their distribution partner for markets in Brazil. Nitriflex will market and distribute Asahi Kasei Plastics’ resin brands to their customer base and develop new business. Nitriflex da Amazonia, their partner company with over 25 years of polymer compounding and application engineering experience, is dedicating a team of engineers to advancing applications of Asahi Kasei LEONA™ and THERMYLON® nylons, THERMYLENE® polypropylenes, TENAC™ acetals and XYRON™ modified polyphenylene ether (mPPE). Nitriflex will warehouse inventories of Asahi Kasei products for samples to be created quickly for enhanced R&D support. Nitriflex has five strategically located warehouses and offices in Brazil including Sao Paulo, Parana, Rio Grande Do Sul, Minas Gerais, and Manaus.

Asahi Kasei Resin Brands Enhance Nitriflex Competitive Edge

“Asahi Kasei’s unique line of resins will round off our Nitriflex product line enabling us to better service our customers with optimum polymeric solutions in a number of industries,” said Danny Siekierski, vice president operations at Brampac. Nitriflex manufactures ABS, polycarbonate (PC), acrylics and custom blends. “We are looking forward to offering our customers proven lighter weight options for replacing nylon in automotive under the hood applications such as air intake manifolds with Asahi Kasei Thermylene® advanced polypropylenes,” continued Siekierski. “Asahi Kasei’s Thermylene® SWP (Stress Whitening Prevention) line is enhancing furniture quality and adding value in a number of applications and Asahi Kasei’s Thermylene® P8 short glass fiber technology is replacing long glass fiber applications because it is easier to process – especially in intricate injection molding applications – and offers comparable quality with a cost effective advantage,” said Antonio Pedro Machado, innovation and market development manager at Nitriflex. “Asahi Kasei resins for electrical vehicle batteries, including XYRON™ EV, is another promising resin technology poised for growth,” added Celso Zilves, managing director at Nitroflex.

“We are proud to have the polymer application engineering experience, expertise and support Nitriflex brings to Asahi Kasei Plastics,” said John Moyer, president Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, Inc. “We are honored to have them as our distributor and look forward to a great future together advancing innovation in the plastics industry.”

Nitriflex da Amazonia, established in 1984, has operations in Manaus and Sao Paulo, Brazil. They provide resins and thermoplastic compounds to the automotive, electronics, white goods and general industrial markets. Their mission is bringing innovation which adds value to their customers’ products through quality, flexibility and immediate service. Nitriflex is part of the Brampac Group of companies, established in 1956 formed by a group of companies doing business in Brazil and worldwide, in the sectors of chemical, plastics, elastomers and partner companies in pharmaceutical and packaging services. The Brampac Group includes Nitriflex, Nitriflex da Amazonia, Nitriflex Distribuidora, Cromitec® and partner companies PLM Plastic Solutions, Motech Film and Globe Quimica. Brampac annual sales are $250 million worldwide. and

About Asahi Kasei Plastics

This Michigan based subsidiary of Asahi Kasei Chemicals Corporation boasts one of the largest manufacturing facilities for the company outside of Japan. Additionally, Asahi Kasei Plastics is the largest glass reinforced polypropylene manufacturer in North America. With sales growing globally, their unique product portfolio is solving complex engineering problems.

Asahi Kasei Plastics provides customized resin solutions globally. Their product lines include THERMYLENE® (polypropylene), LEONA™ (nylon), THERMYLON® (nylon), TENAC™ (acetal) and XYRON™ (modified polyphenylene ether – mPPE).


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