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BASF to divest global textile chemicals business to Archroma    

By Gerald Ondrey |

BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) and Archroma (Reinach, Switzerland www.archroma.com) have agreed on the sale of BASF’s global textile chemicals business to Archroma, a supplier of specialty chemicals to the textile, paper and emulsions industries. Archroma is a portfolio company of SK Capital Partners, a private investment firm with focus on the specialty materials, chemicals and healthcare sectors. It is planned to integrate the business into the Archroma Textile Chemicals Specialties business. Currently, the textile chemicals business is part of BASF’s Performance Chemicals division. The transaction is subject to approval by the relevant antitrust authorities and the closing is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2015. The parties have agreed not to disclose financial details. The transaction comprises the global textile chemicals business, as well as the legal entity BASF Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd., Karachi. About 290 positions globally are in the scope of the transaction, thereof approximately 230 in Asia. This step is in line with BASF’s strategy of actively managing its portfolio and it will further sharpen the focus of the Performance Products segment on growth driven customer industries. “In…
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