Nordmann News & Events News New partnership with Cromogenia Units
13 March 2024

New partnership with Cromogenia Units

International chemical distributor Nordmann and Cromogenia Units have been working together since last year in the field of polycarbonate diols (PCDL), water-based binders (polyurethane dispersions & acrylate emulsions) and hydrophilic HDI-based polyisocyanates in the DACH region. The products are used in the polyurethane and color coatings industry. The focus of the cooperation is on sustainable raw materials.

Nordmann is pleased to announce a new partnership with Cromogenia Units, a Barcelona-based company that focuses on the development and production of a wide range of chemical specialties, especially environmentally friendly products and sustainable solutions.


Cromogenia Units' product range includes polycarbonate diols under the trade name ROPOL. They are used for the production of prepolymers, polyurethane dispersions, thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs) and elastomers (TPEs). The ROPOL grades combine hydrolytic stability, weather and wear resistance with a high degree of flexibility. The polycarbonate diols are manufactured without any heavy metal content, creating an environmentally friendly alternative to other conventional products.


The polycarbonate diols are used in seals, hoses and coatings, as they improve the adhesion and durability of polyurethane products. In adhesive formulations, they also ensure good adhesion to various substrates such as metal, wood and plastic and contribute to the elasticity and sealing properties of polyurethane sealants.


In addition to PCDLs, Nordmann distributes polyurethane dispersions from Cromogenia Units, some of which are UV-crosslinkable. The products are in the portfolio under the brand name Cromelastic™. These are supplemented by Unicryl™ acrylate emulsions and Regel™ hydrophilic polyisocyanates. The key advantage is that they offer customized, environmentally friendly solutions for water-based binders that meet customers' individual requirements. Cromogenia Units' products can be used to formulate water-based coatings with exceptional mechanical resistance, weathering stability, abrasion resistance and excellent adhesion to various substrates. The dispersions are characterized by low VOC values.


The products are used, for example, in wood coatings for furniture and parquet flooring, some of which are also UV-curing, but also in construction coatings, in particular water-repellent membranes, floor coatings, flexible roof coatings, plastic coatings and metal coatings.

Henning Hermann, European Business Manager Polyurethanes at Nordmann, explains: "The cooperation with Cromogenia Units perfectly expands our portfolio with polycarbonate diols and PU dispersions, as the innovative products meet the highly specialized requirements of the processing industry. These solutions enable high-performance end products with a long service life and therefore make a significant contribution to sustainable production processes."

Henning Hermann, European Business Manager Polyurethane at Nordmann

Henning Hermann, European Business Manager Polyurethane 

Peter Kuchenbrod, Business Manager Coatings & Inks at Nordmann Germany, adds: "This is what our customers are looking for. Together with Cromogenia Units, we are able to offer our customers sustainable solutions, for example to switch from solvent-based to water-based systems for various substrates while increasing abrasion resistance and durability with low emissions."

Peter Kuchenbrod, Business Manager Coatings & Inks at Nordmann Germany

Peter Kuchenbrod, Business Manager Coatings & Inks 

Sergio Pascual, Sales Manager Coatings and Industrial Adhesives from Cromogenia Units, comments: "The partnership with Nordmann opens up many new opportunities, but above all we see the cooperation as a chance to make our polycarbonate diols and polyurethane dispersions available to an even broader market. With Nordmann as a leading international chemical distributor, our products are definitely in the best hands."

About Cromogenia Units

Cromogenia Units is part of the Units Group, founded in 1942, which develops and produces a wide range of chemical specialties for various industries around the world. During its more than 75 years of experience, the company has built up an international reach and supplies customers on all continents. Cromogenia Units produces in six plants in different countries around the world: Argentina, Brazil, China, Mexico and Spain. In addition, the company has commercial offices in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, the United States, Turkey, Italy, Mexico and Portugal.

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For more information, please contact:

Britta Riemann
Britta Riemann
Group Director Marketing & Communication
Nordmann, Rassmann GmbH