ESSEN, Germany — The Coating Additives Business Line of Evonik has extended its existing partnership with DKSH, a leading market expansion services provider with a focus on Asia. In addition to distributing the liquid additive portfolio, DKSH has been appointed to distribute Evonik’s specialty silica products to the coatings and printing ink market in Southeast Asia.

The business line Coating Additives extends the collaboration with DKSH’s Business Unit Performance Materials, a leading ingredients and specialty chemicals distributor, regarding the range of silica products for use in coatings and ink applications to Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar and Cambodia.

Under the agreement, DKSH will market and distribute Evonik’s complete silica range to its large coatings and ink customer base in the six countries. Evonik already entrusts DKSH with its full specialty coatings additives portfolio in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.

The performance range of Evonik silicas includes AEROSIL® fumed silica, which is used as a rheology additive; ACEMATT® precipitated silica, which is used as matting agent; and SIPERNAT®, which can be used as performance filler to partly replace TiO2 pigment as an opacifier.

Ramon J. Viñas, Vice President, Global Specialty Chemicals, Performance Materials, DKSH, said, “We are very pleased to extend our successful long-standing partnership with Evonik. DKSH is the ideal partner to market Evonik’s range of silicas in Southeast Asia due to its extensive market coverage and successful track record in the worldwide distribution of products to the coatings and printing ink industry. We very much look forward to bringing these high-quality silicas, as well as essential technical consulting services from Evonik, to our large customer base in the region.”

Thomas Ries, Vice President Channel Management Evonik Coating Additives, said, “The new Coating Additives business line aims to provide its customers in the coatings and printing ink industry with the best possible solutions in a more simplified, efficient and comprehensive way. The expanded collaboration with our DKSH is an important step towards fulfilling this aim.”