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Degussa to acquire Ausimont's Italian persalts and hydrogen peroxide activities

13 Dec 2002 - Degussa AG, Dusseldorf, and Solvay S.A. of Brussels, Belgium, have reached an agreement whereby Degussa will be acquiring the persalts and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) activities operated in Bussi, Italy, by Ausimont S.p.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Solvay S.A. Degussa will be taking over Ausimont's 50 percent stake in the existing Degussa/Ausimont joint venture MedAvox S.r.l. as well as the sodium perborate and H2O2 operations of Ausimont at the Bussi site. The financial terms of this agreement are not to be disclosed. Anzeige

Degussa will be merging all activities into MedAvox, which will from then on be its wholly-owned subsidiary. MedAvox will have a workforce of about 100 employees and is projected to generate sales of EUR 50 million a year.

The completion of the transaction is subject to the regulatory clearance by the respective antitrust authorities. As a consequence of Solvay's acquisition of Ausimont earlier this year, the EU Commission instructed Solvay in April to divest its 50-percent stake in MedAvox as well as its hydrogen peroxide and sodium perborate activities in Bussi.

MedAvox has taken up the production and sales of sodium perborate since January 1, 2002 and is currently constructing a new plant for the production of sodium percarbonate which is scheduled to be completed by summer 2003. With this transaction, MedAvox will be able to strengthen its position as a leading producer of persalts and hydrogen peroxide in the Italian and Mediterranean markets.

A forward-looking step that will enhance Degussa's persalts and hydrogen peroxide businesses

For Degussa, the world's leading specialty chemicals company, the acquisition is a further strategic step towards successfully positioning itself on the growing market for persalts and hydrogen peroxide. It already operates sodium percarbonate, sodium perborate and H2O2 facilities in Rheinfelden/Germany, Antwerp/Belgium, as well as H2O2 production facilities in Austria, USA, Canada, Brazil, South Africa and New Zealand.

Europe is the world's most important market for hydrogen peroxide and persalts such as sodium perborate and sodium percarbonate. Both persalts are made on the basis of hydrogen peroxide, and find use in detergents. Sodium percarbonate offers economic, ecological and technological advantages.

Reference: Shangyu Jiehua Chemical Co.,Ltd (Dated on March 21,2007)

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