Solvay’s acquisition of PPS business completed

Brussels-headquartered chemical firm Solvay has completed the acquisition of the Ryton PPS (polyphenylene sulphide) business from US-based Chevron Phillips Chemical Company for US$220 million, enlarging its high-performance polymers offering and entering what it says is a solid growth market.

Solvay’s Global Business Unit (GBU) Specialty Polymers has bought two Ryton PPS resin manufacturing units in Borger, Texas, a pilot plant and R&D laboratories in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, as well as a compounding plant in Kallo-Beveren, Belgium with a total of about 200 employees joining the group. Chevron Philips Chemical’s compounding unit in La Porte, Texas, will provide temporary tolling services to Solvay, allowing for an orderly transition with the Ryton customer base.

Solvay Specialty Polymers, which has the industry’s broadest product portfolio, will access new business segments with applications in transportation, automotive in particular, in electronics and in filter bags. The acquisition is part of Solvay's strategic development to enhance its specialised solutions, deliver higher growth and greater returns while reducing cyclicality. The Ryton PPS businesses will be consolidated into Solvay's accounts as of January 1, 2015.


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