East Brunswick, N.J. — Elkem Silicones U.S.A. Corp. has reached a distribution agreement with IMCD U.S. — Specialty Chemical Solutions to promote and supply specialty silicone materials in North America.
IMCD U.S., headquartered in Lakewood, Ohio, will stock, market and supply the silicone raw materials, including cyclosiloxanes D4 and D5, polydimethylsiloxane oils (PDMS), silanol fluids, functional fluids, emulsions, antifoams, gels and sealants, under the Elkem name.
While Elkem Silicones U.S.A., a division of Lyon, France-based Elkem Silicones, manufactures the silicone materials, IMCD will extend Elkem's footprint in the Midwest and beyond, according to Duane Meindertsma, distribution manager for Elkem Silicones America.
The products will continue to be distributed "with a personal touch," according to Meindertsma.
"IMCD will complement Elkem's direct market approach," he said. "To successfully serve a diverse customer base with the personal touch Elkem typically brings in a relationship, we've established a distribution partnership network in North America to act as an extension of our business. This network markets, services, stocks and distributes our Elkem-branded materials."
IMCD typically distributes specialty chemicals and food ingredients, according to the distributor. The silicone materials will be supplied to customers in the coatings, construction, industrial, home care, cosmetics, personal care, plastics, rubber, lubricants and food industries.
Michael DelliCompagni, Americas director of business development for IMCD, said the partnership began in April. IMCD will distribute Elkem silicones via 20 "strategically located" warehouses to support customers, DelliCompagni said.
"As a leading specialty distributor, our commitment to customers is to offer a competitive portfolio featuring best-in-class manufacturers that provide efficient solutions for their formulary challenges," he said. "Elkem is one of the top global producers of silicone and this partnership aligns with IMCD's strategy in supporting the markets we serve."
With a dearth in capacity for silicone in North America over the last several years, a shortage that has since righted itself, the news still could be welcome for domestic silicone product companies both upstream and downstream. Stocked locally in the U.S., Elkem has multiple manufacturing facilities in Asia and Europe as well.