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Avecia to Sell its Additives Business to the Lubrizol Corporation

Published on 2003-12-31. Author : SpecialChem

Avecia announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its specialty Additives business to The Lubrizol Corporation for an undisclosed sum. The agreement is subject to regulatory and other customary closing conditions. The Additives business has annual sales of approximately £30 million.

The business' principle manufacturing asset at Huddersfield, UK is included in the sale. Other manufacturing facilities at Grangemouth, Scotland will continue to be operated by Avecia under a long term supply agreement. Approximately 110 employees will transfer to Lubrizol upon completion of the sale, including commercial staff in Europe, Asia and North America.

Avecia Additives is an established global supplier of polymeric dispersion technology. The business develops, manufactures and markets an innovative range of over 60 high performance additives for paints, inks, plastics and pigment treatment applications. These are marketed under the brand names, Solsperse™, Solplus™ and Solthix™. The products enrich and strengthen colour while reducing production costs and solvent emissions.

Avecia CEO, Jeremy Scudamore said: "I am very pleased that we have reached agreement with Lubrizol for the sale of the Additives business. Lubrizol is a recognised leader in specialty additives for transport and industrial applications with a strong technology base. The acquisition of Avecia's Additives business will complement and strengthen their position in specialty additives for coatings and inks and provide excellent opportunities for future growth in the business". Mr Scudamore added: "The sale of the Additives business is consistent with Avecia's strategy of seeking opportunities that add value for Avecia investors.

Net proceeds from the sale will largely be used to repay Avecia's bank debt.

Source: Avecia

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