The world's leading producer of specialty latex, US-based Dow Reichhold, has agreed a strategic link-up with a unit of Malaysian rubber glove manufacturer Latexx Partners Bhd.

The deal will see the pair share ideas and knowledge on product development and see Latexx use a new polymer for a new range of latex gloves for the medical and food processing industries.

Separately on Monday, Kuala Lumpur-based Latexx appointed SafeMed E D Ltd as distributor for its Cleantexx gloves in most of Europe and LVJ for distribution in Japan.