Solenis and BASF Close Paper and Water Merger
The combined global specialty chemical company focused on paper and industrial water technologies will operate under the Solenis name, employ around 5,000 people and have pro forma sales of about $3 billion.
BASF will be the minority partner in the combined company, with the 51% majority owned collectively owned by Solenis management and funds managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R).
With 5,200 employees worldwide, the new Solenis said it will have increased sales, service and production capabilities providing expanded chemical offerings and cost-effective solutions for customers in pulp, paper, oil and gas, chemical processing, mining, bio-refining, power, municipal and other industrial markets.
BASF is contributing the paper and water assets of its Performance Chemicals unit, including production sites in Bradford and Grimsby, UK; Suffolk, Virginia, USA; Altamira, Mexico; Ankleshwar, India and Kwinana, Australia, along with related assets including intellectual property. Its paper coating chemical business will not be part of the new company.
Prior to the conclusion of the transaction, the US arm of the Ludwigshafen group, BASF Corporation, planned to close two production sites in South Carolina, eliminating around 50 jobs.