MALVERN, PA – PQ Corp. has named specialty chemicals distributor Superior Materials Inc., Garden City, New York, as an authorized distributor of its specialty silica products for select U.S. regions, effective Aug. 1, 2018.

Superior Materials will distribute specialty silicas for coating applications in Ohio, West Virginia, western Pennsylvania, and the southeastern United States. The agreement also covers distribution of specialty silicas for personal care and flow aid applications in the eastern U.S. region (east of the Mississippi).

"We're pleased to establish this distribution relationship with Superior Materials, which has a leading position in the specialty chemicals industry, and we look forward to expanding our reach in key markets," said Tony Nock, Global Silicas & Absorbents Director for PQ Corp.

For the coatings market, Superior Materials will distribute PQ Corp.'s GASIL® and SILCRON® silica gels, which are highly porous materials with tight particle size control, ideally suited to surface coating applications, including paints, lacquers, plastics and paper products.

"We welcome this new distribution arrangement, which expands our portfolio options for customers," said Bruce Schimmel, Director of Sales for Superior Materials. "We see strong opportunities for these materials in the coatings and personal care markets in select U.S. regions."