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The acquisition strengthens Lanxess’ portfolio for the plastics, paints and coatings as well as adhesives industries – Here: Emerald Kalama in Rotterdam, Netherlands (Source: Lanxess)

11. August 2021

Lanxess: Acquisition of Emerald Kalama Chemical completed

Lanxess announced that it has completed the acquisition of Emerald Kalama Chemical on 3 August 2021. The US-based company is a leading manufacturer of speciality chemicals. Lanxess signed the purchase agreement on 14 February 2021. All required regulatory approvals have been received. Lanxess said it financed the purchase price of around USD 1.04 billion (EUR 870 million) from liquid funds.

Lanxess takes over Emerald Kalama Chemical with around 470 employees and three production sites – Here: Kalama, Washington, USA (Source: Lanxess)

Lanxess takes over Emerald Kalama Chemical with around 470 employees and three production sites – Here: Kalama, Washington, USA (Source: Lanxess)

In 2020, Emerald Kalama Chemical generated global sales of around USD 425 million (EUR 375 million) and EBITDA pre-exceptionals of around USD 90 million (EUR 80 million). 75 % of sales were attributable to business with speciality products for the consumer care market, especially products for flavours and fragrances, as well as preservatives for use in food, household products and cosmetics. One quarter of sales originated from business with speciality chemicals for industrial applications. With the closing of the transaction, Lanxess grows by around 470 employees and the three production sites in Kalama/Washington (USA), Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Widnes (United Kingdom).

According to Lanxess, the second-biggest acquisition in its history sees the company expanding its range of speciality chemicals for industrial applications, especially for the plastics, paints and coatings as well as adhesives industries.

One important addition to the new Lanxess portfolio is the K-Flex range of non-phthalate plasticisers and coalescents for adhesives, coatings, sealants and vinyl applications. K-Flex plasticisers optimise production processes and end product properties. They are highly compatible with polar polymers in water-based adhesive systems and improve film formation in paints and coatings. During the manufacture of PVC articles, the rapid-gelling dibenzoates can help to speed up processing.

Here: Emerald Kalama in Widnes, UK (Source: Lanxess)

Here: Emerald Kalama in Widnes, UK (Source: Lanxess)

“The new products broaden the existing Lanxess range and offers growth opportunities in the area of non-phthalate plasticisers which meet the most modern requirements of the plastics processing industry,” said Dr. Thomas Facklam, Head of Global Application Technology in the Polymer Additives business unit.

Other important additions to the overall portfolio for industrial applications include Kalama Vitroflex plasticisers for the manufacture of polysulfide sealants and Modulast modifiers, which were developed for use in reactive polyurethane systems.

Last but not least, benzoic acid, benzaldehyde and benzoate salts supplements the Lanxess offer in future. These are used as intermediates, building blocks and additives in a number of industrial applications, e.g. for the production of esters, alkyd resins or corrosion inhibitors.

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