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Indorama to acquire PTA assets in Portugal

By Mary Page Bailey |

Indorama Ventures Public Ltd. (IVL; Bangkok, Thailand; www.indorama.net) will acquire the assets of Artlant PTA, S.A. (Artlant), including all equipment, surface rights and employment contracts. Artlant operates a purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant in the Sines Industrial Complex in Portugal, which is a large PTA producer in Europe with a production capacity of 700,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr), adding substantial scale and enhancing IVL’s PTA leadership in Europe.
 
IVL will also acquire the assets of adjacent utilities provider, Artelia Ambiente, S.A. (Artelia), which has a capacity of 40.390 MW of electricity, steam, demineralized water, wastewater treatment and hydrogen. This acquisition will benefit the company by securing energy supply to Artlant and sell excess power to the grid.
PTA is used as raw material for PET (polyester) production. With the company’s plan to grow its core businesses in the future, this feedstock security will be a solid basis for portfolio expansion. IVL expects to reduce cost and increase operational synergies via internal supply of feedstock and replace imports in Europe.

Mr. Aloke Lohia, Group CEO of Indorama Ventures, said, “Artlant fortifies our core PTA business and is a part of our successful vertical integration strategy. We can apply our scale and operational expertise while taking advantage of cost synergies and capture the opportunity for future growth and expansion.”

“We are confident that Artlant will drive the growth of the polyester business both in Portugal and the rest of Europe. It will support employment opportunities in the region, and help economic growth. I look forward to closing the deal in the fourth quarter of 2017,” Mr. Lohia concluded.

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