Polymer Technology and Services LLC, a compounder and distributor based in Murfreesboro, Tenn., has formed a sales and marketing alliance with Ebbtide Polymers Corp., a Charlotte, N.C.-based plastics manufacturers' representative. Ebbtide now will be able to work with plastics processors, end users and original equipment manufacturers to place PTS's line of engineering resin compounds in a variety of markets, including the telecommunications sector.
"Now we have more depth in products and services," said Ebbtide President Bishop Beall.
Ebbtide, a seven-employee firm founded in 1998, also handles medical-device, power-tool and consumer-appliance markets, he said.
PTS markets proprietary polycarbonate and ABS compounds produced by toll compounders and distributes PC, ABS, acetal, nylon 6 and 6/6 and polybutylene terephthalate for Asian producers LG Chemical, Thai Petrochemicals and Mitsubishi Engineering Polymers.
"We're finding that our niche of technical and logistics support, as well as our flexibility, is appreciated in the shadows of the behemoth suppliers," said PTS President Thomas Hooper.
PTS was founded in 1999, but Hooper and other PTS managers have more than 10 years of plastics compounding experience.
The firm currently employs 10. Compound sales in PTS's first year of operation exceeded 5 million pounds, Hooper said. Ebbtide and PTS declined to reveal sales totals.