Rubber & Polymers
As a full-line chemical distributor, Brenntag provides more than 10,000 industrial and specialty chemicals products. The business model is highly diversified along many lines, such as geographic coverage, customers, suppliers, markets and industries. Brenntag EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) is the largest Brenntag region, making an important contribution to the Group’s overall performance. This region is also markedly diversified, as we are present in 37 countries. Every country has its own specific characteristics and focus industries. For the Brenntag location in Orbassano, Italy, the rubber industry is a major sector.
Sara Ghione, Business Manager Rubber & Polymers, Italy: “In the rubber industry, our customers are well-known tyre manufacturers or come from the automotive sector. As a leading distributor of products for the rubber industry, we offer our partners comprehensive services, provide added value to our suppliers and distribute our products from Italy to the four corners of the globe.”
The Brenntag site in Orbassano is equipped with innovative storage and processing systems as well as a state-of-the-art application centre where raw materials undergo strict checks on receipt of incoming goods and before shipment.
Rubber & Polymers
The automatic dosing of the raw materials into bags with a low melting point plays an important role in the rubber industry value chain, as it saves the customer time. All rubber compound ingredients, such as vulcanizing agents, release agents and accelerators, are accurately dosed and packaged into bags of various sizes. The site in Orbassano has eight automatic dosing machines. This equipment enables Brenntag to pre-weigh the products in quantities of between 50 grams and 20 kilos as requested by the customer, making the customers’ production processes flexible and efficient.
“In the rubber industry, it’s all about easy handling! For our customers, we provide pre-weighed bags in what we call a ‘Bags in Bag’ solution. One larger bag contains different pre-weighed chemicals in smaller bags to suit the customer’s formulation, enabling us to maintain the shelf life of the products and avoid a chemical reaction among the ingredients. Brenntag is able to provide dosing of powders, granules and liquids. Our ‘Bags in Bag’ solution allows us to deliver packages of additives tailored specifically to our customers’ requirements. This is quite similar to a baking mix one might have at home in the kitchen”, states Sara Ghione.
In Orbassano, solid and liquid
products are weighed and filled
exactly according to customer
In addition, Brenntag is able to treat a wide range of liquid additives, transforming them into what are termed “dry liquids”. This process adds to the liquid product a solid carrier material compatible with the rubber and in accordance with the customer’s requirements, thereby changing the product’s state of aggregation. The final product is a powder which has undergone different analyses in our application centre. It is easier for the customer to handle and disperses easily during production.
As the global market leader, Brenntag is committed to maintaining the highest health, safety and environment (HSE) and quality standards, which in many countries far exceed statutory requirements. In Italy too, Brenntag is certified to DIN ISO, giving it an important competitive edge over our competitors. By offering these standards to the key players in the tyre and automotive industry, we not only remove the need for them to obtain these expensive certifications themselves, but also become their preferred distributor.
Sara Ghione: “In an increasingly globalized economy, Brenntag is well placed to adapt to ever-changing economic conditions and continues to focus on the needs of its customers and suppliers. My team and I intend to be the preferred partner in the European and the global rubber market.”