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COVID-19 & Baerlocher USA

 

22 March 2020

 

Baerlocher USA, LLC

5890 Highland Ridge Drive

Cincinnati, OH 45232

 

Subject: Baerlocher USA Remains in Operation as Essential Business

 

Dear Valued Customer,

 

You may have seen recent news that Governor Mike DeWine has issued a statewide “stay at home” order for all Ohioans.  Please be advised:

 

Baerlocher USA has been conducting, and will continue to conduct, production activities in accordance with health and safety guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and place the wellness of our employees, their family, and greater society at the forefront.  As a result, we have seen a reduction in plant production staff.  We are backfilling production staff with office staff and top management as per our crisis management plan.

 

We have in place many contingencies to keep the supply chain going and remain ready to manage through the COVID-19 crisis as your partner. 

 

We sincerely hope you and yours stay safe and healthy.

 

Yours Truly,

                           

Edward Hall                   

President & CEO

 

Baerlocher USA

Phone 253-315-4653

We add Character to Plastics

 

 

13 March 2020

 

Baerlocher USA, LLC

5890 Highland Ridge Drive

Cincinnati, OH 45232

 

Subject: Baerlocher USA COVID-19 Update

 

Dear Valued Customer,

 

Given the current level of concern surrounding COVID-19, I wanted to take a moment to update you on our preparedness and reassure you about our stability of supply.  You should know that:

 

  • We continue to service our customer base without disruption. 

  • We are monitoring COVID-19 and its effects to determine if there are any potential impacts on supply.  At this time, we still have no reason to believe our supply chains will be disrupted. 

  • We have taken a safety stock position on some materials regardless.

  • We have executed our crisis management plan which allows us greater flexibility to both protect our employees and ensure stability of supply.

  • We are restricting face-to-face customer meetings in some regions especially hard hit by COVID-19 and will expand or reduce those restrictions based on CDC guidelines.  Be assured that we remain committed to you even if communication is limited to electronic means for a brief period.

 

Our priorities are the health and safety of our employees, doing our part to protect society, and the continuation of commerce.

 

The situation remains fluid and the length and magnitude of this sad crisis is uncertain, but at this moment it’s business as usual from a supply perspective. We have in place many contingencies to keep the supply chain going and remain ready to manage through the COVID-19 crisis as your partner.

 

Yours Truly,   

 

Edward Hall                   

President & CEO

 

Baerlocher USA

Phone 253-315-4653

We add Character to Plastics

Baerlocher USA Price Increase

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Due to a sharp and sustained cost increase in tallow and vegetable oils, Baerlocher USA will implement a

price increase of $0.09/lb, on all metal soap products effective February 24, 2020 or as contracts allow. In

addition, select Baeropols™, Baerolubs™, Baerostabs™, and Baeropans™ will be impacted as well.

 

It is likely that tallow and vegetable oils will continue to escalate due to market conditions in Q1 2020 and

possibly beyond.

 

We at Baerlocher are proud to deliver tailored solutions in a reliable, supportive, and ethical manner by

investing in our people, customers, and markets while adapting to changing needs. We look forward to

your support as partners in growth.

Baerlocher USA to Expand Metal Soap Production Capacity by 50% to Meet Fast-Growing Industry Demand, Drive Innovation

Cincinnati – January 25, 2017 – Baerlocher USA, part of Baerlocher Group, a leading global supplier of plastics additives, today announced it will add a third reactor for the production of calcium, zinc, sodium and other metal soaps at its facility, located here. This major capital investment will increase capacity by 50 percent and further position the industry leader to meet steadily accelerating demand from the North American polyolefin and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) industries. It will also support the development of advanced Baerlocher innovations such as the company’s Baeropol® RST, polyolefin resin stabilization technology and solid calcium-based PVC stabilizers. These applications are expected to grow as the industry looks to reduce the use of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and heavy metal stabilizers.

 

The new reactor is expected to be fully operational in June 2017. It will occupy space within the company’s Highland Ridge Drive facility, previously earmarked for this and other future production expansions. The additional reactor will create at least six new jobs at Baerlocher USA, which has steadily increased its workforce over the past several years.

 

“Baerlocher is bullish on the North American plastics industry, so we are continuing to invest in new capacity and innovative additive solutions for our customers,” said Edward Hall, president and chief executive officer, Baerlocher USA. “The new reactor is the latest enhancement to our global business growth strategy, and is specifically targeted at market opportunities that we have carefully analyzed and are actively pursuing.”


Metal Soaps in Demand
Several trends are driving industry demand for metal soaps, which are used in plastics applications such as acid scavengers, stabilizers, internal and external lubricants, water repellents and mold release agents. The expanding U.S. oil and gas industry, including hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations, is lowering the cost of raw materials used in polyolefins such as polyethylene (PE), thereby encouraging plastics manufacturers to heavily invest in new polymer production capacity. In the PVC sector, additive manufacturers are consolidating and scaling back, opening up new opportunities for companies like Baerlocher.

Another trend in metal soaps – traditionally a commodity industry – is the drive for differentiated products that address new requirements, such as calcium and zinc metal soaps to replace tin-based stabilizers. Tin usage has been targeted by the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation for environmental and safety reasons, and tin supplies are subject to high volatility. Many PVC processors in North America are following this trend for environmental reasons, even though they are not required to do so by regulation.

 

About Baerlocher: 
The Baerlocher Group is a leading manufacturer of additives for the plastics industry. Its portfolio includes a broad range of stabilizers and other additives suitable for all polymer applications.

 

Baerlocher has a strong focus on customer and employee needs and is highly committed to innovation and sustainability. Its pioneering and proactive role is underlined by the support provided to the PVC industry during the transition from lead- to calcium-based stabilizers and by its innovative lubricant systems for wood plastic composites.

 

Baerlocher embraces the principles of responsible care. It operates an ISO 9001-certified quality management system and an environmental management system compliant with ISO 14001. Baerlocher plays a positive role in both the business community and society as a whole. This includes work within industry associations, and the provision of training opportunities in a variety of disciplines.

 

The Baerlocher Group has production plants around the globe and operates a sales network serving all major countries.

 

Baeropan, Baerostab, Baeropol, Baerolub, Baerocin and Baerocid are registered trademarks of Baerlocher.

 

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513-482-6300
Hall.Edward@baerlocher.com
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