Air Products has signed an agreement to sell its polyurethane pre-polymers business to COIM USA Inc.

The new deal means COIM USA Inc., a fully owned subsidiary of global polyurethane chemicals producer COIM SpA, has taken over the Airthane® and Versathane® tradenames, as well as the Air Products' manufacturing facility in Paulsboro, New Jersey.

Terms of the deal are not being disclosed.

Bob Thomas, Global Business Director of the Performance Materials Division for Air Products said, “We are pleased to reach an agreement for our polyurethane pre-polymers business with a higher value owner like COIM.”

“Going forward, Air Products will continue to focus on its polyurethane specialties business. We have high expectations for continued global growth in our Dabco® and Polycat® PU catalysts and surfactants, Versalink™ curatives, and our new Innovathane® and Ancarez ®ISO products for the Polyurea coatings and construction markets.”

Lucio Siano, Vice President and General Manager of COIM USA commented, “This acquisition allows COIM to complete its Imuthane® product portfolio with well established low free monomer technology.”

“The Airthane and Versathane business will also benefit from the up-stream integration provided by the state-of-the-art polyester manufacturing facility located in West Deptford, N.J.”

Polyurethane pre-polymers are used in many cast elastomer markets, such as industrial tires and wheels, printing rollers, cutting and metal forming blankets, and custom parts for dynamic performance and durability. Air Products acquired the Paulsboro facility in 1962. The acquisition marked Air Products’ entrance into the chemical industry.