About the Bjørn Thorsen A/S Group (BTG)
We are built around the privately-owned Bjørn Thorsen A/S distributor. Our core team focuses on sales of a wide range of products from leading chemical manufacturers (e.g. BYK, ExxonMobil, Lubrizol, Borealis, Cabot, Sun Chemicals, Venator, DRT and others) to Northern European customers active in diverse end uses in Automotive, Coating, Construction, Industrial, Medical, etc. For more information regarding the distribution portfolio categorized by industry, visit www.bjorn-thorsen.com home page.
In recent years, we have increasingly acted as true solution provider, leveraging our considerable application and processing technology know-how, together with flexible and efficient logistics services from warehouses in several European and other locations around the world. This broader capability is reinforced by the development expertise of our affiliates, Customized Compound Solutions A/S (CCS) and Nordic Grafting Company A/S (NGC) that complement our offering with their own ranges of customized alloys, compounds and reactive polymers, available globally in response to individual needs. Find out more about them on their websites: www.ccs-nordic.com and www.ngc-nordic.com.
A bit of history
Our company was established in Denmark in 1952 as a traditional agency/distributor company of chemical products. Through the seventies, our portfolio was gradually extended to include a very large cross-section of raw materials sought by a wide variety of industries. By early 1990, it was becoming clear that target markets in Nordic countries were expecting more specialization and consolidation from its chosen suppliers. We consequently chose to fully leverage the more specialized parts of our product range from BYK, Santoprene™ TPV from ExxonMobil and Estane® TPU from Lubrizol. We also decided to focus on fewer areas of activity where our competence and market access is most advanced.
Investments in Nordic region
- 2006: Acquisition of Ramkem AB, specialized in the coating and rubber industry
- 2009: Opening of sales office in Gothenburg, for Santoprene TPV distribution
- 2010: Acquisition of SCC (Scandinavian Colour & Compound), distributor specialized in rubber & adhesives market
- 2015: Acquisition of Garvson AB, Swedish distributor specialized in coatings and textiles
Today, we are fully established into both Finland and Norway, also covering additional areas like the Baltic countries and Iceland.
Our company currently employs close to 40 people, with head office and administration located in Copenhagen, sales offices in Sweden, France and Finland, as well as warehouses strategically located in Sweden, Denmark and Finland.
Broader solutions through proprietary developments
To close gaps between commercially available polymers and compounds with increasingly demanding market requirements, we decided to expand our product offering by capitalizing on existing technologies and enhancing it by use of our extensive experience in formulation tailoring. In recent years, our company signed two license agreements with ExxonMobil, which enabled the creation of two producing subsidiaries, CCS for enhanced TPVs and NGC for grafted performance polymers as compatibilizers. Visit corresponding affiliate websites via links provided above.
To be able to provide added value and innovative solutions to our customers, we now have access to an in-house lab facility. We also continuously invest in highly skilled employees to ensure our development programs adequately respond to our customer needs.
In addition to our ongoing focus on Nordic markets, we felt the need to expand our presence in new territories, in order to support global material needs of our international accounts and realize the full potential of our manufacturing affiliates.
In partnership with Gymap S.A., opportunities in France for CCS products are actively pursued and warehousing for some of our portfolio is now available. We have expanded our activities in France through the creation of a new subsidiary, Bjørn Thorsen SAS, on September 1, 2019. The company will focus on providing technical expertise and operational support, especially to our manufacturing affiliates CCS and NGC. This reinforced presence in France will allow us to support global material needs of our international accounts, pursue new opportunities and leverage the full potential of our affiliates.
We have set-up an active presence in China by launching a new joint venture (JV), BT Solutions Zhuhai Co., Ltd. (BT Solutions) with key innovative local players, Chongqing Techxanadu Industrial Co., Ltd. (TechXanadu) and Wuhan Creworld Technology Co., Ltd (Creworld Tech.), on February 20, 2019. The JV will focus on Chinese demands for enhanced post-consumer and post-industrial recyclates, leveraging the unique benefits of the Acti-Tech™ compatibilizers range, developed by BT’s NGC affiliate. It will also serve as a platform for commercialization in China of the entire BTG portfolio of specialty polymers and chemicals, as well as proprietary thermoplastic and functionalized compounds.
In Q4 2019, our affiliates CCS and NGC together with TechXanadu – affiliate of Good Mark Industrial Limited – have announced the creation of a production and commercialization joint venture in China, Nordic Grafting & Compound Solutions Co., Ltd. (NGCS). NGCS will be scoped to produce advanced specialty compounds and compatibilizers targeted at replacing non-recyclable thermoset solutions with recycled thermoplastic solutions.
We are also in the process of establishing a regional footprint in the USA to expand our reach and solution offering to this important market.