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Nexeo adds antibacterial polymers to portfolio

By: Frank Esposito

December 10, 2013

Nexeo Solutions LLC has expanded its European distribution portfolio by adding antibacterial polymers made by Parx Plastics.

Nexeo — based in The Woodlands, Texas — now will offer European distribution of Parx’s Sanipolymers-brand line of materials with antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

“We are very proud to include these worldwide innovative materials within our product offering,” Nexeo’s Alan Arezes said in a recent news release. Arezes serves as business growth and transformation manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa for the firm.

For Parx — based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands — partnering with Nexeo “will give more visibility to our innovative and safe technology to create antibacterial plastic,” co-founder Michael van der Jagt said in the release.

The Sanipolymers line uses a biocompatible solution to make plastic materials and objects made with them more resistant to microbes and bacteria. Bacteria proliferation and bacteria counts can be reduced by as much as 99 percent when Sanipolymers are used, officials said.

The patented technology used with Sanipolymers is fully safe in contact with humans and nature, they added. It’s also suitable for plastics that come in contact with foodstuffs or with other materials for regulated applications.

Parx worked with two Italian universities — the University of Bologna and the University of Naples —over a 4-year period to develop the technology used in Sanipolymers.

Nexeo ranks as one of North America’s largest plastic material distributors, handling resins and compounds for almost 30 suppliers. The firm employs 2,300 worldwide and also distributes a wide range of chemicals and composites.