Llanymynech, Wales -- Urespec Ltd will represent Shepherd Chemicals in the UK and Ireland offering speciality catalysts to elastomer and foam manufacturers. The appointment becomes effective 1 Sept 2010, a joint statement from the two companies said.
The Shepherd products Uretec will offer include BiCAT Bismuth catalysts which are typically used for improving the performance of polyurethane foams and elastomers.
"Exciting new developments using Bismuth catalysts instead of the more traditional mercury and tin are producing some very effective and environmentally friendly end-user products," said the announcement.
Shepherd operations manager Patrick Barré-Villeneuve, based in Mirecourt, France, said: "We are delighted to be working with Urespec Ltd at a time when important changes are happening within the whole polyurethanes industry. Urespec are able to offer a level of expertise and technical support at a time when companies need to be able to find alternatives to toxic catalysts in their manufacturing systems."
Urespec describes itself as a specialised distributor to the polyurethanes industry offering in-depth technical support and formulation expertise.
Speciality chemicals group Shepherd is headquartered in Norwood, Ohio, and has a focus on metal chemicals and catalysts, including bismuth compounds for the PU sector, for rigid, flexible and CASE (coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers) uses.