BMS sells its polyester powder business in the US

Germany-based Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) is selling its global powder polyester resins business and its US-based liquid polyester resins merchant business to Stepan Company of Northfield. The sale is scheduled to be completed by 1 June. Financial terms were not disclosed. Both Bayer businesses are located in Columbus.

The 45 Bayer employees who work at the Columbus facility will be offered the opportunity to become Stepan employees. “The divestiture allows us to focus on our core competencies,” explained Daniel Meyer, head of the Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties business unit at BMS. “We believe we have found the right home for our North American polyester resins business and look forward to watching it develop further successfully under new ownership.”

Bayer will retain its trade name Desmophen to continue to sell its diverse portfolio of products to the coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers industries around the world, including liquid polyester resins in markets outside the US. “This acquisition will significantly expand Stepan’s polyol product offering. Stepan is a leading producer of polyester polyol used in rigid insulation foam. This acquisition will diversify our polyol offering and accelerate our efforts to grow in CASE [coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers] and PUSH [Polyurethane Systems House] applications,” said F. Quinn Stepan, Jr., President/CEO of Stepan. “We intend to make future capital expenditures to expand the capabilities at Columbus.” “

Bayer acquired the Columbus facility in 2000 when it purchased Sybron Chemicals. Today, the facility includes both commercial and production operations, serving North America as a leading producer of polyester resins. Powder polyester resins are used in a variety of coatings applications, including industrial metal and transportation coatings. Liquid polyester resins are utilised as building blocks in various coatings and adhesives.


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