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TEKNOR APEX EXPANDS RANGE OF POLYAMIDE COMPOUNDS AVAILABLE IN EUROPE AND WILL NOW BRAND ALL OF THEM AS CHEMLON® PRODUCTS

Polyamide Offerings Now Include UK-Developed Compounds Previously Named Beetle®; and Compounds Developed in the US

OLDBURY, UK, September 11, 2013: Teknor Apex Company will rebrand its entire range of polyamide compounds under the Chemlon® name and has expanded its product portfolio in Europe by adding dozens of proven polyamide formulations originally developed by the company in the US. The company will announce the rebranding at K 2013 (Hall 06 / C54-3).

Teknor Apex supplies European customers from its plant in Oldbury, UK, where it now produces Chemlon® polyamide compounds developed in the UK and in the US. Prior to its acquisition by Teknor Apex, this facility was well known to customers in Europe under the name Chem Polymer. It will continue to manufacture PBT, PET, and polypropylene compounds under the Beetle® brand name, though this will no long be used for polyamides.

“Teknor Apex now offers a very wide range of polyamide compounds and can supply identical formulations worldwide, drawing on capacity at our facilities in the UK, US, and Singapore and providing customers with full technical backup, product development support, and localized service,” said Steven Dunn, European sales and marketing director for the Engineering Thermoplastics Division. “Combining all of these polyamide offerings under the Chemlon® brand benefits our increasingly globalized customer base by facilitating the transfer of grades and approvals around the world.”

Teknor Apex specializes in custom compounding, providing reinforced, filled, lubricated, stabilized, flame retarded, and other modified formulations, including custom colors, according to customer requirements. The company supplies polyamide compounds to many markets, some examples of which are:

-- Automotive. Many of the Chemlon® products developed in the US have a long history of use in powertrain, chassis, exterior, and interior components, with approvals from Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors.

-- Consumer, Industrial, Electrical. Chemlon® MD82 is a halogen- and phosphorus-free flame retardant molding grade of polyamide 6 that is used extensively across Europe; it has a UL flame rating of V-0..

-- Merchandizing and Packaging. Chemlon® R106, a 50% glass fiber-reinforced polyamide 6 that offers excellent mechanical performance and surface finish, has a long history in supermarket transportation and other packaging designs.

-- Wire Coating. Chemlon® MD21 is a medium viscosity grade of polyamide that has been optimised to ensure excellent adhesion between the wire and the polyamide at very high extrusion line speeds.

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TEKNOR APEX UK LTD is headquartered at Tat Bank Road, Oldbury, West Midlands B69 4NH, UK. Tel: 44-121-665-2100. Email: etpsales@teknorapex.co.uk

The ENGINEERING THERMOPLASTICS DIVISION of Teknor Apex Company, formerly known as CHEM POLYMER, is an international supplier to the transportation, consumer product, and industrial markets. Founded in 1965, Chem Polymer was acquired by Teknor Apex in 2004. TEKNOR APEX COMPANY is a privately held firm with seven business units and 2,000 employees. It is headquartered in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, U.S.A., manufactures at 12 locations in the U.S., UK, Belgium, Singapore, and China, and sells in 90 countries, serving markets in the plastics and chemical industries. Visit www.teknorapex.com