AkzoNobel Pulp and Performance Chemicals

AkzoNobel divests its European ASA business

Press release   •   Dec 21, 2012 09:00 UTC

AkzoNobel’s Pulp and Performance Chemicals business (formerly Eka Chemicals) and Mare Holding SpA, have signed an agreement whereby AkzoNobel’s European ASA business, including the production facility in Düren, Germany, will be acquired by Mare effective January 1, 2013.

“We are very pleased to close this deal with Mare,” says Lars Andersson, Director, Silica and Paper Chemicals. “We foresee a very smooth transition for our ASA customers, who will continue to receive the same high quality product and service in the future.”

“This acquisition provides us with a strong platform to further develop our paper chemical business in Europe and is a good fit with our existing product portfolio,” states Paolo Maganzini, President of Mare Holding SpA.

This agreement is in line with AkzoNobel Pulp and Performance Chemicals new strategy to focus and drive key product and application developments in silica, retention and polymers and thereby bring greater value to its customers.

The new owner will become a tenant of the AkzoNobel Industrial Park in Düren.

For more information
AkzoNobel Pulp and Performance Chemicals
Lotta Bülow, Communication Manager Silica and Paper Chemicals
Telephone +46 709 57 72 60

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AkzoNobel is the largest global paints and coatings’ company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. We supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers for our customers. Our portfolio includes well known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we are a Global Fortune 500 company and are consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability. With operations in more than 80 countries, our 55,000 people around the world are committed to excellence and delivering Tomorrow’s Answers Today™.

Pulp and Performance Chemicals (formerly Eka Chemicals) is a business unit within AkzoNobel. We are a leading global force in pulp bleaching technologies, paper chemicals, colloidal silica and expandable microspheres. Our 2,500 employees serve the pulp and paper and other industries in 32 countries.