announced the appointment of Georgia-Pacific Chemicals
as exclusive distributor for its Curaphen specialty phenolics across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The appointment extends to all but a small group of existing Bitrez customers.
Georgia-Pacific Chemicals is a subsidiary of Georgia-Pacific LLC.
The low free monomer Curaphen portfolio is a series of industry-leading phenolic polymer resins that include specialist grades offering low free phenol and some with formaldehyde contents of less than 0.1 percent.
The Curaphen product line is also gaining traction in other businesses across the globe including aerospace, rail and construction where it is favored as a matrix resin. As well as being flame retardant with excellent smoke and toxicity properties, its lightweight and good mechanical and structural strength, making it ideal for interior components in aircraft, trains and buildings.
The deal with Georgia-Pacific Chemicals comes after UK-based Bitrez won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation. Earlier this year, Bitrez was crowned Chemicals Northwest Manufacturer of the Year 2019.
"Creative chemistry is our lifeblood and it drives us to develop innovative solutions to fill the gap provided by products that have been withdrawn from the market due to regulatory reform," said Paul Jones, managing director of Bitrez Ltd.
“The addition of the Bitrez products to our North American offerings augments our ability to help our customers address regulatory challenges,” added Robert Schlager, manager of Georgia-Pacific Chemicals coatings business. “We are impressed with the quality and innovation of their products, the quality of the Bitrez organization and are honored to be associated with them. Our relationship supports our vision of offering our customers the best technology available to meet their needs.”
Bitrez manufactures a wide range of high-performance synthetic resins and matrix systems used by world-class companies across the globe. Market sectors include specialist protective coatings, aerospace, defense, automotive and construction. Georgia-Pacific Chemicals manufactures and markets a broad range of high-performance products for industries including aerospace and transportation composites, asphalt, adhesives, building products and other specialty applications.