Distrupol appointed exclusive UK distributor of DuPont´s engineering plastics

New agreement complements Distrupol's sole distributorship for DuPont engineering resins in Ireland and Scandinavia Distrupol appointed exclusive UK distributor of DuPont's engineering plastics Hemel Hempstead/ Chertsey, 15 October 2002. Distrupol, a member company of Univar and the leading UK polymer distributor, technical service and solutions provider, has been appointed as the exclusive distributor in the UK for the full range of DuPont's engineering plastics. Distrupol has been distributing DuPont's engineering plastics in the UK since 1993 when DuPont acquired the ICI engineering materials business. The appointment of Distrupol as sole distributor is effective immediately and follows the October 4th announcement of the termination of the distribution agreement with Resin Express. Commenting on the new agreement, Craig Oliver, Northern European marketing manager for DuPont, said: "In choosing Distrupol as our sole distributor in the UK we took into account the excellent support and customer service the company is providing to their existing customers and their commitment to excellence in technical support and application development, which are essential to the development of our business. As we move forward together, we will be backing Distrupol with the full weight of our technical support. DuPont and Distrupol are committed to providing continuity of supply to all users of DuPont resins across the whole UK market." David Jukes, Distrupol Europe's chief executive officer, says he is delighted with the confidence shown by DuPont in awarding its exclusive distributorship for engineering resins in the UK to Distrupol. Distrupol is already sole distributor in Ireland and the Nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland) for the full range of DuPont's engineering plastics. "We already have many satisfied customers processing DuPont resins and are fully committed to ensuring that our new customers receive outstanding service from our experienced team here in the UK," said Jukes. "We plan to place considerable resources ./. behind the confidence shown by DuPont to ensure that the transition of all on-going business and development programmes runs extremely smoothly." "We have an outstanding team of people here at Distrupol and it will be our first objective to maintain confidence, security and consistency of service and supply." The exclusive agreement between Distrupol and DuPont for engineering plastics complements the recent appointment of Chertsey based Distrupol as distributor throughout the UK and Ireland for DuPont's packaging and industrial polymers: Elvax® ethylene vinyl acetate resins, Surlyn® ionomers, Fusabond® polymer modifiers and Elvaloy® AC acrylate copolymer resins. The materials are used in a broad cross-section of industries, from automotive and transportation to food and medical. Distrupol is one of the foremost providers of distribution and technical services to the polymer industry in Europe, where it leads the markets in the UK, Ireland and the Nordic regions. A daughter company of Univar NV, Distrupol is headquartered in Chertsey, United Kingdom and has sales offices and warehousing facilities in Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, The Netherlands, Norway and Sweden, as well as the United Kingdom. Univar NV is a chemical distribution leader in North America and Europe. The company serves customers in key industry sectors from a broad-based product offering sourced from the world's foremost chemical producers. Customer sectors include food, pharmaceuticals, personal care, natural resources, cleaning products and coatings, and they are supported through an extensive network of 195 centres located throughout the USA, Canada and 14 European countries. The DuPont Engineering Polymers business manufactures and sells Crastin® PBT and Rynite® PET thermoplastic polyester resins, Delrin® acetal resins, Hytrel® thermoplastic polyester elastomers, Minlon® mineral reinforced nylon resins, Tynex® filaments, Vespel® parts and shapes, Zenite® LCP liquid crystal polymers and Zytel® nylon resins. These products serve global markets in the aerospace, appliance, automotive, consumer, electrical, electronic, industrial, sporting goods and many other diversified industries. ./. Note to Editor ®DuPont registered trademark A photo of the Distrupol team is available by e-mail from linda.terry@gbr.dupont.com Press Contact DuPont Press Contact Distrupol Andrew Wilkins Peter Ibes Du Pont (U.K.) Limited The European Marketing Group Wedgwood Way P.O. Box 290 Stevenage 4600 AG Bergen op Zoom Herts SG1 4QN The Netherlands Tel: (01438) 734835 Tel: +31 (0)164 317012 Fax: (01438) 734550 Fax: +31 (0)164 317039 email:Andrew.Wilkins@gbr.dupont.com email: pibes@emg.nl ------------------------------------------------------------ This information was brought to you by Waymaker http://www.waymaker.net The following files are available for download: http://www.waymaker.net/bitonline/2002/10/15/20021015BIT00960/wkr0001.doc http://www.waymaker.net/bitonline/2002/10/15/20021015BIT00960/wkr0002.pdf

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