A. Schulman signs exclusive distribution agreement with VESTOLIT

A. Schulman becomes exclusive distribution partner for suspension-, micro suspension- and E-PVC Grades

AKRON, Ohio – March 29, 2018 – A. Schulman Inc. (Nasdaq-GS: SHLM), a leading international supplier of high-performance plastic compounds, powders, composites and resins, today announced has become the exclusive distributor in Northwestern Europe of specific VESTOLIT PVC grades.
VESTOLIT - a subsidiary of Mexichem S.A.B de C.V - is one of the leading producers of PVC-Specialties worldwide. 

Under the terms of the agreement, A. Schulman is the exclusive distribution partner for VESTOLIT’S Suspension-, Micro suspension- and Emulsion (E)-PVC grades in selected European countries. The PVC grades are produced by a suspension process and are ideal for thermoplastic processing, while the grades produced by micro-suspension are used in paste-processing.  VESTOLIT’s Emulsion(E)-PVC grades can be used in both, paste- as well as thermoplastic processing.

“We have closely partnered with VESTOLIT for approximately 47 years for their standard polymer PVC grades”, says Heinrich Lingnau, Senior Vice President & General Manager EMEA. “We are delighted that they have awarded us with the distribution of their Suspension-, Micro suspension- and E-PVC grades. This new distribution agreement enables us to offer our customers a complete range of PVC grades combined with the technical support of our experts.” 

Hans-Christoph Porth, Vice-President Commercial at VESTOLIT explains: “Since we became part of Mexichem S.A.B de C.V. in 2014 we have reconsidered the way in which we distribute our products and decided to rely more on experienced distributors. Due to the very positive experience that we have with A. Schulman since many years for our standard grades, we are more than comfortable in extending our agreement with them, in terms of geography, as well as product range. A. Schulman is now our exclusive distribution partner for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, as well as the Benelux countries, the Nordics and France.”

With the aim of widening the Company’s offering to its European customers, A. Schulman has greatly broadened its distribution services of over the last months. The Company just recently revealed extended distribution agreements with other important market players, namely API, Solvay and Eastman.  

About A. Schulman

A. Schulman, Inc. is a leading international supplier of high-performance plastic compounds, composites and resins headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Since 1928, the Company has been providing innovative solutions to meet its customers' demanding requirements. The Company's customers span a wide range of markets such as packaging, mobility, building & construction, electronics & electrical, agriculture, personal care & hygiene, sports, leisure & home, custom services and others. The Company employs approximately 4,900 people and has 54 manufacturing facilities globally. A. Schulman reported net sales of approximately $2.5 billion for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2017.
Additional information about A. Schulman can be found at www.aschulman.com


About Mexichem

Mexichem is a global leader in plastic piping and one of the world’s largest chemical and petrochemical companies. The company contributes to global development by delivering an extended portfolio of products to high growth sectors such as infrastructure, housing, agriculture, datacom and water management, among others. With operations in 41 countries, 137 facilities worldwide and more than 22,000 employees, Mexichem has the rights to produce fluorspar in two mines in Mexico, as well as 8 training academies and 17 R&D labs. Operations are divided into three Business Groups: Fluent, Vinyl and Fluor. Mexichem has annual revenues of US$5.8 billion and has been traded on the Mexican Stock Exchange for more than 30 years. The company is member of the Mexican Stock Exchange Sustainability Index and the sustainability emerging markets index FTSE4Good.



VESTOLIT - as one of the leading raw material suppliers of PVC specialities - operates in Marl the largest fully integrated PVC (polyvinylchloride) production plants in Europe, with a capacity of 400,000 tonnes PVC and approx. 1 Million tonnes of monomer products per year. For over 65 years now, PVC has been produced in Marl. This plastic is outstanding on account of its using such limited amounts of raw material, and its longevity. It is therefore particularly suitable for manufacturing products for the building and automotive sectors. VESTOLIT is one of the market leading raw material suppliers for the manufacture of window frames, as well as paste-making PVC for floorings, wall coverings, tarpaulin fabrics and under body coatings. The products of VESTOLIT are mainly used in high quality and durable applications in different market sectors worldwide. All business units - with approx. 700 employees - are located on the Marl chemical complex. The interlocking layout there provides ideal conditions for the supply of energy, raw materials and services.


Contact information:

Media in Europe
Jasmin Bisch
Communications Manager EMEA
A. Schulman International Services BVBA
B-1840 Londerzeel
Tel: +32 (0)52 750 576
Email: Jasmin.Bisch@aschulman.com 

Media and Investors in United States
Jennifer K. Beeman
Vice President, Corporate Communications & Investor Relations
A. Schulman, Inc.
3637 Ridgewood Road
Fairlawn, OH 44333
United States
Tel: +1 330-666-3751
Email: Jennifer.Beeman@aschulman.com