KRAHN Chemie is expanding its successful cooperation with LANXESS in the biocides business: As of July 1, 2023, the portfolio of KRAHN also includes the brands Rocima®, Kathon® and Bioban® recently acquired by LANXESS. With the new distribution rights, KRAHN is strengthening the local presence of the LANXESS biocide portfolio in Germany, Austria, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

KRAHN Chemie has been working together with LANXESS’ biocide division since 2017 marketing one of the broadest biocide portfolios provided by the Preventol® range. As part of LANXESS’ acquisition of the Microbial Control business of the U.S. group International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF), the biocides such as Rocima®, Kathon® and Bioban® were recently added to the company’s product range.

After the acquisition, LANXESS now offers an even broader biocide portfolio for paints and coatings, construction materials, wood preservatives, leather and plastics. With the transfer of the distribution rights in these markets, KRAHN expands the sales network with immediate effect, strengthening customers and industries with technical expertise, application know-how and regulatory support.

"With its broad range of biocides, LANXESS is one of the world's leading suppliers of products that combat microorganisms and effectively preserve paints, coatings, and much more," says Dr. Rolf Kuropka, CEO KRAHN Chemie GmbH. "We are very pleased with the renewed trust placed in us and look forward to creating added value for our customers in the respective distribution regions with this strong portfolio."

"The Rocima®, Kathon® and Bioban® biocides, just like our Preventol® range, have become indispensable in numerous applications such as the coatings and construction industry," adds Dr. Daniel Schlawe, Head of Sales EMEA, LANXESS Biocides. "KRAHN has demonstrated profound technical and regulatory expertise in the distribution of our biocides, and we look forward to expanding this trustful collaboration through the addition of our new product range."

About KRAHN Chemie

KRAHN Chemie GmbH is a chemical distribution company with a history spanning over 100 years. Its core competences are sales, marketing and distribution of specialty chemicals and heat transfer fluids.

KRAHN offers its more than 5,000 customers an extensive and high-quality product range, technical services as well as in-house laboratory support, and works closely together with international chemical manufacturers. They benefit from its target-oriented product marketing — utilizing deep knowledge of local markets.

KRAHN supplies products to the following processing industries: coatings, construction, adhesives and sealants, plastics, rubber, fuels and lubricants, industrial cleaning and home care, personal care, chemical intermediates as well as all industrial sectors in which heating and cooling circuits are used.

In 2022, KRAHN Chemie Group achieved a turnover of about EUR 340 million and currently employs 260 people. The headquarter is located in Hamburg, Germany. It has subsidiaries and local sales teams in the Benelux, France, Italy, Poland, Greece, Sweden, United Kingdom, Spain, Romania, the Czech Republic, Hungary and China. The company group is part of the family-owned and globally active Otto Krahn Group.

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LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 8.1 billion in 2022. The company currently has about 13,100 employees in 33 countries. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives and consumer protection products. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World and Europe) and FTSE4Good. 

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