Vinnolit Taps Westlake Chemical to Distribute Specialty PVC Directly in North America

Vinnolit GmbH & Co. KG is pleased to announce that its parent company, Westlake Chemical, manages the commercial side of Vinnolit’s North American specialty PVC business effective January 1, 2020.

The commercial management of Vinnolit specialty PVC in the United States is headed by John Hensler in Westlake’s Commercial Sales, and orders are processed through Westlake’s customer service personnel in Plaquemine, Louisiana, headed by Melva Hymel. Shawnee Chemicals, the current distributor for the US and Canada, will remain an integral part of the Vinnolit strategy and will continue to support it with specific accounts.

According to Vinnolit´s Sales Director Juergen Luderer, “We are pleased about this development because the North American specialty PVC market has been of strategic importance to Vinnolit for many years. This step marks the next milestone on our way towards becoming a domestic supplier. We thank the Shawnee team as well as our customers and partners who have helped us reach this next level of business engagement.”

Westlake Chemical Corporation is an international manufacturer and supplier of petrochemicals, polymers and building products with its headquarters in Houston. Highly integrated along our olefins and vinyls product chains, the company produces: ethylene; polyethylene; propylene; styrene; chlor-alkali and derivative products; PVC suspension and specialty resins; PVC compounds; building products including pipe, fittings and specialty components, decking, roofing, siding, trim and molding, and window lineals; and PVC film. Vinnolit, a Westlake company, is one of the leading PVC producers in Europe and, worldwide, is the market and technical leader in specialty PVC.

Vinnolit Specialty PVC is used for a wide variety of demanding applications, e.g. car interior (Photo: Benecke-Kaliko).

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