Independent polymer distributor, Biesterfeld Petroplas Ltd, says it is “looking forward to a bright future” as it celebrates 30 years of business in the UK and Ireland.
Founded in 1986 by two former employees of Phillips Chemicals (now CP Chem), the company grew throughout the 1990s and early 2000s to become one of the UK's largest independent polymer distribution businesses.
In 2006, Guy Payne (Managing Director of independent polymer distributor, Petroplas) entered into a joint venture with Biesterfeld Plastic GmbH.
The joint venture provided an opportunity for Biesterfeld to gain a foothold in the UK and Irish markets and provided Petroplas with the opportunity to take the next step in the development of its business.
“Biesterfeld Plastic and Petroplas had been working on a number of projects together and the benefits of formalising the relationship soon became obvious,” explained Payne.
“Biesterfeld Plastic was a European market leader in polymer distribution but with no presence in the UK or Ireland. Petroplas, on the other hand, had a solid local base supplying products such as K-Resin SBC and Marlex Polyethylene from CP Chem. But we had a few gaps in the portfolio and would benefit from being part of a large group.”
With the addition of world-renowned suppliers and market leading branded products, Biesterfeld Petroplas says it has been able to grow substantially over the past 10 years and has established itself as a “major player” in distribution across the UK and Ireland.
Additions include Borealis for Polypropylene, ExxonMobil, with Santoprene, LG Chem with ABS & PC/ABS, and DuPont with Vespel.
In 2014 Biesterfeld Petroplas diversified into Speciality Chemicals business with the addition of Silicone Elastomers from Dow Corning. "It was a natural extension for us to move into Chemicals,” Payne continued.
“Biesterfeld has a substantial Chemicals business and it was relatively simple for us to replicate the synergies we see elsewhere in the group. Early progress has been well above expectations and already we are expanding into new areas.”
Future plans are in the pipeline for new suppliers, products and markets, Payne explained. “With the forward thinking management of the group, the future continues to look bright for Biesterfeld Petroplas.”
This year also represents a bumper year for its parent company, Biesterfeld Group, as it celebrates 110 years in business later in 2016.