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PPG Sells a Fiber Glass Unit

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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Global paints and coatings maker PPG is divesting itself of its European fiber glass operations, the Fortune 500 company announced Monday (June 20).

PPG, headquartered in Pittsburgh, signed a preliminary agreement to sell the operations to glass manufacturer Nippon Electric Glass Co. Ltd. (NEG), based in Otsu, in Japan’s Shiga Prefecture.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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PPG employs approximately 550 people in its European fiber glass operations, which include facilities in Hoogezand, Netherlands, and Wigan, England; the Wigan location produces materials used in wind turbine blades.

The transaction, expected to close in the second half of 2016, is subject to the completion of employee consultation processes, receipt of regulatory clearances and other customary closing conditions.

Continued Service to Customers

In a statement regarding the preliminary contract, NEG indicated the acquisition will enable it to improve its business portfolio and expand its own glass fiber business through a strengthened its global supply capabilities, increased sales and an expanded product catalog.

“As part of NEG, these European fiber glass operations will continue to provide innovative solutions in this industry,” said Viktor Sekmakas, PPG executive vice president.

“Upon completion of the transaction, NEG will take ownership of a business in which PPG has consistently invested to drive innovation in fiber glass technology, resulting in high-quality products,” he added.

“PPG remains focused on serving the needs of our fiber glass customers throughout this transaction.”

European Operations Capabilities

PPG’s European fiber glass business manufactures reinforcement materials for thermoset and thermoplastic composite applications. It serves the transportation, energy, infrastructure and consumer markets.

The European fiber glass operations include manufacturing facilities in Hoogezand, Netherlands, and Wigan, England, and a research-and-development facility in Hoogezand. The factory sites produce materials primarily used in blades for wind power generation (Wigan) and composite materials for auto parts (both), according to NEG’s notice document.

In 2015 PPG reported sales of approximately $150 million for its European fiber glass operations, which employ 550.

The company said it plans to provide continued support to the manufacturing operations with certain services, including bushing fabrication and engineering support.

Net cash proceeds from the transaction will be used for general corporate purposes, the company said.

   

Tagged categories: Acquisitions; Asia Pacific; Business matters; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Fiberglass; Industry News; Latin America; North America; PPG; Program/Project Management

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