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Lubrizol and Bjorn Thorsen Unveil Expanded Distribution Relationship and Aliphatic TPU Novelties at Plastteknik 2014

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Lubrizol Corp.
29400 Lakeland Blvd.
Wickliffe, OH, 44092 2298

Press release date: March 24, 2014

BARCELONA, Spain – Lubrizol Advanced Materials M.S. S.L. (FKA Merquinsa) announces it is expanding its presence in the Nordic TPU market by appointing Bjorn Thorsen A/S as distributor for its Pearlthane®, Pearlcoat®, Pearlbond® and Pearlstick® thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) specialty elastomer resins. Lubrizol has entered into a distribution agreement with Bjorn Thorsen for the distribution of its Merquinsa legacy TPU technologies for adhesives, injection moulding, extrusion and compounding applications in Norden countries (Denmark, Norway and Sweden), Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Bjorn Thorsen, which has represented Lubrizol Engineered Polymers for several years, is participating in Plastteknik Nordic (Malmö, Sweden) on April 9 and10 at stand no. G14. For this event, Lubrizol and Bjorn Thorsen will introduce new aliphatic-based TPU technologies for moulding and extrusion, which complement the aromatic TPU portfolio. Such technologies include recent innovations in the aliphatic TPU range with excellent colour stability upon UV exposure–commercialized under Estane®

Engineered Polymers and Pearlthane TPU. In addition, Lubrizol has expanded its previous aliphatic TPU extrusion offering for ballistic glass and protection film, by improving the performance of Pearlthane D91T80 and developing new Pearlthane D91T86 for moulded parts. These aliphatic TPU innovations have been designed for automotive, sports and recreation, and electronics applications, such as watchbands, smartphones and headphones, and are a highly suitable material for weatherable electronic devices and wearable products that help monitor the health of the user.

According to Pablo Alegre, Lubrizol Estane EMEAI marketing manager, electronics, "Lubrizol's new aliphatic TPU range is especially designed to meet the most demanding high-tech specifications required by the electronics industry. They are high performance materials with faster processing and good mechanical properties, while providing good haptics, an excellent surface finish and nice aesthetics."

Sven Rimestad, Bjorn Thorsen's managing director notes "Bjorn Thorsen already distributed Estane Engineered Polymers in Norden countries, as well as Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The new agreement, which expands the TPU product ranges covered, will create efficiencies for both companies by leveraging the strength of Bjorn Thorsen's presence across the region and broadening our offering of TPU specialty technologies."

Additionally, Bjorn Thorsen and Lubrizol will be highlighting other unique engineered polymer technologies at Plasttkenik Nordic 2014. For more information, stop by stand no. G14 on 9 & 10 April, 2014, or visit or

Lubrizol is more than a leading supplier and manufacturer of polymer solutions; Lubrizol is a proven and trusted partner for its customers. With 50+ years of experience and a worldwide network that includes formulation design, manufacturing, R&D, technical service labs and cutting-edge technologies, Lubrizol helps make its customers' products a bit more amazing. Lubrizol's extensive polymer portfolio includes resins that can be bio-based*, recyclable**, light stable, flame retardant, solvent-free, adhesive breathable or chemically resistant.

Lubrizol Engineered Polymers are highly versatile, easy-to-process polymers that can be utilized in film and sheet, extrusion, blow molding, injection molding, over molding, calendaring and solution coating processes for industrial, sports and recreation and electronics applications.

About The Lubrizol Corporation
The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a technology-driven global company that combines complex, specialty chemicals to optimize the quality, performance and value of customers' products while reducing their environmental impact. It produces and supplies technologies to customers in the global transportation, industrial and consumer markets. These technologies include lubricant additives for engine oils, driveline and other transportation-related fluids, industrial lubricants, as well as additives for gasoline and diesel fuel. In addition, Lubrizol makes ingredients and additives for home care and personal care products and pharmaceuticals, and specialty materials, including plastics technology and performance coatings in the form of specialty resins and additives.

With headquarters in Wickliffe, Ohio, Lubrizol owns and operates manufacturing facilities in 17 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol has approximately 7,500 employees worldwide. Revenues for 2012 were $6.1 billion. For more information, visit

About Merquinsa, A Lubrizol Company
Merquinsa is a leading thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) specialty producer, providing innovative products for injection molding, extrusion, calendaring, melt coating, compounding and adhesive applications. Merquinsa was acquired by The Lubrizol Corporation in 2011. The Merquinsa product lines are now integrated into Lubrizol's Engineered Polymers business. For more information about Merquinsa, Pearlthane™, Pearlthane™ ECO, Pearlcoat™, Pearlbond™, Pearlbond™ ECO and Pearlstick™ specialty TPU resins, please visit or call +34 93 579-9522.

All marks are owned by The Lubrizol Corporation.

About Bjorn Thorsen
Bjørn Thorsen A/S is a Nordic distributor of special raw materials. The company is recognized for its value oriented management as well as its highly skilled and flexible organization with years of market experience. The organization is built to facilitate current demand for high technical expertise and to provide top of the market logistical services. Bjørn Thorsen A/S is serving specific segments of the chemical industry. These segments include plastics, coatings, adhesives, paints, bitumen, construction and rubber. For more information please visit

* Bio-based content as certified in accordance with ASTM D-6866
** Recyclability is based on access to a readily available standard recycling program that supports such materials. Products may not be available in all areas.

Lubrizol and Bjorn Thorsen to showcase Aliphatic TPU Novelties at Plasttkenik 2014

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Michael Priola
The Lubrizol Corporation

Lidia Valcarcel
+34 93 579-9565
Lubrizol Advanced Materials Inc.

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