January 9 2020, David R Brown
KRAHN Chemie signs distribution agreement for eco-friendly binders from Ecoat
The KRAHN Chemie Group has signed a distribution agreement with the French company Ecoat SAS which develops bio-based and water-based binders for the coatings industry. The cooperation effective from the beginning of 2020 includes the Ecoat's range of partly bio-based alkyd emulsions as well as alkyd urethane dispersions and covers the regions Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.
The cooperation with Ecoat is an important part of our strategy to further focus on the aspect of sustainability in our future activitiesCristian Groenewegen
Managing Director KRAHN Chemie Benelux
“The cooperation with Ecoat is an important part of our strategy to further focus on the aspect of sustainability in our future activities. As an ambitious newcomer on the market with unique technical capabilities Ecoat offers highly interesting products whose use makes a valuable contribution to the development of sustainable products and ideally complement our portfolio,” says Cristian Groenewegen, Managing Director KRAHN Chemie Benelux and responsible in the KRAHN Chemie Group Management Board for Sustainability.
Nicolas Florent, General Manager and Business Director at Ecoat, comments: “KRAHN Chemie distinguishes itself through its key position, high competence and technical understanding in the field of coatings and paints. In addition to its well-structured and experienced sales network KRAHN is very well equipped with its two technical service centers specializing in a wide range of tests of paints and coatings. We look forward to offer our existing and future customers the entire added value associated with this cooperation.”
Ecoat aims to develop competitive and high-performing products for the coatings industry that are tailored to the needs of the market and at the same time utlilise as much bio-based or renewable ingredients as possible. The bio-based alkyd emulsions, marketed under the brand name SecoiaTM, are primarily used in architectural and wood paints. The brand InokemTM includes both water-based alkyd emulsions, primarily used in eco-friendly decorative coatings, as well as alkyd urethane dispersions for decorative wood and metal coatings.
About Krahn Chemie
Krahn Chemie is a chemical distribution company with a history spanning over 100 years. Krahn's core competence is the sales, marketing and distribution of specialty chemicals as well as heat transfer fluids. The Krahn group offers its more than 5,000 customers an extensive and high-quality product range, technical services and in-house laboratory support.
Krahn works closely together with internationally operating chemical manufacturers. They benefit from the target-oriented and sustainable marketing of their products in Europe – based on Krahn’s deep knowledge of the local markets which include: coatings, construction, adhesives and sealants, plastics, rubber, technical ceramics, lubricants as well as all industrial sectors in which heating and cooling circuits are used.
In 2018, the Krahn Chemie group achieved a turnover of approximately EUR 250 million and currently employs a staff of 185. The company's headquarters are situated in Germany. Subsidiaries or local sales teams have been established in Benelux, France, Italy, Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Spain and China.
Source(s): Krahn Chemie Press Release