Positive start to Plastribution’s Ethydco distribution deal

Following the announcement last July that it had secured an exclusive distribution agreement with the Egyptian Ethylene and Derivatives Company (Ethydco) to supply its new range of HDPE, MDPE and LLDPE, Plastribution has confirmed that nearly 40 UK and Irish customers have either trialled or bought Ethydco products, with the overwhelming feedback on competitiveness and quality being entirely positive.

With material arriving from Ethydco’s new Alexandria facility during the last quarter of 2016, Plastribution now has UK stock of the majority of the grade range, with the complete range scheduled to be fully available by the end of the first quarter of 2017.

“We have been delighted with the progress we have made. The process has been made easier by the range and quality of the products from this brand new plant,” said Katherine White, Plastribution’s commercial director. “The flexible packaging market has always been strong for Plastribution, so the Ethydco C4 LLDPE and MDPE grades have been an excellent addition to our range.”

Alongside products for the flexible packaging market, there are four new HDPE grades suitable for blow moulding; these include grades suitable for small bottles aimed at the cosmetics and industrial markets and, at the other end of the scale, high ESCR grades for large blow moulded parts.

Plastribution’s distribution agreement with Ethydco has also enabled the company to target other untapped markets, such as providing a UV stabilised MDPE for rotational moulding, together with PE80 and PE100 grades for pipe manufacture.

Mike Boswell, Plastribution’s managing director, added: “The Ethydco relationship is proving to be a resounding success. In addition to the quality and range of products available, we are also able to ensure security of stock and competitive pricing. This, together with our market leading expertise and technical know-how, provides convertors with some great supply options.”