Specialty chemicals company Lehigh Technologies has expanded its commercial team in Spain responsible for the market and sales development of its micronized rubber powder (MRP) product lines, PolyDyne and MicroDyne. Antón de Castro joins Lluís Molina and Josep Freixas, who have been on the team since 2016.
De Castro previously worked for Mankiewicz Gebr. & Co, and prior to that he was a group product manager at protective coatings firm Hempel. He holds MSc degrees in industrial and chemical engineering.
The addition of De Castro to the team will enable Freixas to focus on the sale of PolyDyn to the tire market across the region. De Castro meanwhile will concentrate on the performance materials markets including construction, coatings and plastics.
Lehigh Spain is a joint venture between Lehigh Technologies, a Michelin Group Company, and Hera Holding, which was founded in 2016. Lehigh Spain announced earlier this year that the MRP production line, co-located with Hera’s tire processing unit in Murillo el Fruto, had been commissioned. The plant is now supplying PolyDyne and MicroDyne products to the European market.
“The Lehigh Spain team is very pleased with the market progress that has been made in the last two years,” said Lluís Molina, general manager of Lehigh Spain.
“We need to expand our commercial team to focus on growth markets in Europe where our technology is already proven to add value and to support the introduction of new products. Our expanded commercial team has expertise across all the countries in the region as well as meeting the needs of multinational customers that expect global solutions.”
Lehigh Technologies is a part of the new high technology materials business line of Michelin, a unit dedicated to leveraging Michelin’s expertise in materials across a wide range of markets, including tires.
Christophe Rahier, director of the high technology materials business line, said,“Groupe Michelin is very excited about the European potential for Lehigh’s product lines. We see strong growth in the adoption of MRP in the tire industry, including within Michelin, but are committed to developing high value markets such as asphal