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AkzoNobel to Buy BASF Unit for $531M

Thursday, February 18, 2016

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In a shift of the global performance coatings landscape, global paint and coatings giant AkzoNobel has agreed to buy BASF’s industrial coatings business for €475 million ($531 million), the companies announced Tuesday (Feb. 17).

“This proposed acquisition will strengthen our position in the important coil coatings market and fits well with our existing business,” AkzoNobel CEO Ton Büchner said in a statement.


AkzoNobel says the planned deal will strengthen its Performance Coatings segment.

The acquisition includes technologies, patents and trademarks in addition to the transfer of two BASF manufacturing plants—one in Deeside, England, and the other in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa.

The planned transaction—subject to required consultations and regulatory approvals—is expected to close by the end of 2016, the companies reported.

Assets Included

BASF’s industrial coatings business supplies products for a number of end uses, including coil, furniture foil and panel coatings, as well as coatings for wind energy plants, general industry and commercial transport, according to the Ludwigshafen, Germany-based company

The business generated sales of approximately €300 million ($333 million) in 2015. Industry experts have said the unit lacks the scale needed to compete effectively in the future, according to Reuters.

“We have successfully developed our global industrial coatings business over the last years with a clear focus on attractive market segments,” Markus Kamieth, president of BASF’s Coatings division, said in a statement.

“To further develop the business, we see positive growth prospects under the umbrella of AkzoNobel, which is a leading global player in industrial coatings.”

BASF plants

BASF is the world's largest chemical maker by sales. As a part of the deal, it would transfer two of its manufacturing facilities (not pictured) to AkzoNobel.

Amsterdam-based AkzoNobel reported industrial coatings segment sales of around €780 million (about $884 million), or 14 percent of the company's performance coatings sales of €5.59 billion ($6.33 billion) in 2014.

Renewed Focus

With this transaction, BASF says it will be able to strengthen its focus on its core automotive OEM and automotive refinish coatings businesses as well as its decorative paints segment in Brazil, Kamieth added.

BASF’s automotive coatings businesses account for 77 percent of its €3 billion ($3.3 billion) business.

The two companies announced they were weighing the deal last Thursday (Feb. 11), putting industry speculation to rest.


Tagged categories: Acquisitions; AkzoNobel; Asia Pacific; BASF; Business matters; Business operations; Coating Materials; Coil coatings; Europe; Latin America; Market share; Mergers; North America

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