Heraeus Precious Metals names Alfred Kochen as distribution partner for AGXX antimicrobial technology

Hanau, 8th March 2023

Heraeus Precious Metals, a leading supplier of precious metal products and services, and Alfred Kochen are entering into a distribution partnership: The long-established Hamburg-based trading house will include Heraeus Precious Metals' AGXX technology in its paints and coatings segment.

Alfred Kochen will thus become AGXX's sales partner for the applications "Paints & Coatings", "Polyamides" as well as "Polyurethane" in the DACH region. The company supplies industrial raw materials for various business areas to industrial end-users in the paints, coatings, construction and plastics industries. Since its foundation in 1961, Alfred Kochen has been working with renowned suppliers and manufacturers from all over the world and has built up extensive industry knowledge during this time.

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Martin Danz, Head Antimicrobial Technologies at Heraeus Precious Metals.

Martin Danz, Head of Antimicrobial Technologies at Heraeus Precious Metals, is very pleased about the partnership: "With Alfred Kochen we have gained an established distribution partner for our AGXX technology. Together we want to strengthen the market position of AGXX and further expand the existing network."

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Markus Lehmann, Sales Director at Alfred Kochen.

Markus Lehmann, Sales Director at Alfred Kochen, emphasized, "We are very pleased about Heraeus Precious Metals' confidence in us. With the distribution of the antimicrobial technology AGXX from Heraeus, we can offer the paints & coatings industry an established and well-known product and grow even stronger together. The fact that this technology can also be used in the field of pot preservation is a real benefit for our customers. As a Hanseatic trading house, close partnership relations with our suppliers and customers, in compliance with basic moral and ethical values, are of particular importance. The partnership with Heraeus Precious Metals pays precisely into this strategy."

AGXX, the antimicrobial technology from Heraeus Precious Metals, protects surfaces and textiles from germs and shows a long-lasting effect against bacteria, viruses, biofilm formation as well as resistant germs. Unlike conventional technologies, the mechanism of action of AGXX is based on a catalytic reaction and not on the release of substances such as metal ions. To date, antimicrobial efficacy has been demonstrated against more than 130 microorganisms, including silver-resistant E. coli strains.

About Alfred Kochen

Alfred Kochen GmbH & Co. KG is a Hamburg trading company with a long tradition, founded in 1961. The company is located in Hamburg in Streit's Hof, a Kontorhaus (trading station) directly in the heart of Hamburg's city center. The company trades in industrial raw materials and advises its customers in the various fields of application. Main customers are industrial end-users in the paint, coatings, construction and plastics industries.

With more than 60 years of knowledge of the industry and decades of cooperation with well-known suppliers from all over the world, customers receive competent advice in all areas of application and can expect first-class products for the various fields of application.

Alfred Kochen always keeps an eye on the changing market and is characterized by a very flexible, fast and market-adapted behavior. Close partnership relations with its suppliers and customers in compliance with the moral and ethical basic values of the "respectable Hamburg merchant" have ensured the existence and success of Alfred Kochen for decades.

About Heraeus Precious Metals

Heraeus Precious Metals is globally leading in the precious metals industry. The company is part of the Heraeus Group and covers the value chain from trading to precious metals products to recycling. It has extensive expertise in all platinum group metals as well as gold and silver.

With about 3,000 employees at 15 sites worldwide, Heraeus Precious Metals offers a broad portfolio of products that are essential for many industries such as the automotive, chemicals, semiconductor, pharmaceutical, hydrogen and jewelry industry.

By 2025 Heraeus Precious Metals will be the first company in the industry that operates carbon neutral.

About Heraeus

The Heraeus Group is a broadly diversified and globally leading family-owned technology company, headquartered in Hanau, Germany. The company’s roots go back to a family pharmacy started in 1660. Today, the Heraeus Group includes businesses in the environmental, electronics, health and industrial applications sectors. Customers benefit from innovative technologies and solutions based on broad materials expertise and technological leadership.

In the 2021 financial year, the FORTUNE Global 500 listed group generated revenues of €29.5 billion (US$34.9 billion) with approximately 16,200 employees in 40 countries. Heraeus is one of the top 10 family-owned companies in Germany and holds a leading position in its global markets.