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Much change at Fera, the Food and Environment Agency

Capita, a national business services provider, has paid £20 million to acquire a 75 per cent stake in the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera), based at Sand Hutton, just outside York, UK.

In addition to investing £20 million to acquire the organisation, Capita has indicated that it will invest a further £10 million, which will be boosted by £9 million funding from Fera and Newcastle University to create a new research institute, bringing 40 research posts to the city of York and upgrading the site’s facilities.

For details of The Press article, please click here

BASF sells textile chemicals business to Archroma (SK Capital Partners)

Ludwigshafen, Germany – October 16, 2014 – BASF and Archroma 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 (Private) 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.

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BASF closes its Paper Chemicals Division and moves key activities into other divisions

Ludwigshafen, Germany – September 24, 2014 – BASF is changing the organizational set-up of its paper chemicals business to strengthen its competitiveness and better meet the needs of the paper industry. BASF is a leading global supplier to the paper industry and offers a comprehensive range of chemical products for paper manufacturing and coating.

As of January 1, 2015, the Paper Chemicals division will be dissolved. The current headquarters of the Paper Chemicals division in Basel, Switzerland will be closed by the end of 2014. Overall, there will be a reduction of about 50 positions globally as a result of the implementation of the new set-up. The business will be continued in other divisions of the Performance Products segment as follows:

The wet-end chemicals and kaolin businesses will be integrated into the Performance Chemicals division, supplementing the polyacrylamide value chain. A new global business unit “Paper Chemicals” will be established within the Performance Chemicals division. BASF is evaluating strategic options for its paper hydrous kaolin business.
The paper dispersions business and the Center for Sustainable Paper Packaging (CSPP) will be integrated into the division Dispersions & Pigments, supplementing the latex dispersions value chain.

For the detailed announcement, please click here.

The PPI Top 100 – The big sellers and producers of paper

Pulp and Paper International have published their league table of sellers and producers of paper in the world.

Some highlights from the RISI article are:

‘This year, we have lost two mainstays of the survey: Boise and Buckeye Cellulose, taken over by Packaging Corporation of America and Georgia-Pacific respectively. Next year, once the Verso acquisition of NewPage is finalized, we’ll lose another.

Meanwhile, Fortress, having sold its Dresden Papier subsidiary drops off the Top 100 while Wausau, now a pure tissue company having sold its paper mills, has dropped down to No. 100 from 81 in the 2013 listings.
However, traffic is not all one way. Now that it has at least one full year of operation under its belt, we welcome Eldorado Brasil Celulose to the Top 100, making its debut at No. 89. Also making their debuts are Chinese companies Anhu Shanying (No. 65) and China Sunshine Paper (No. 95).
Of course, there is no surprise at the top with International Paper again leading the list based on sales from pulp, paper, converting and merchanting operations.

Rounding out the top five this year are Procter & Gamble, UPM, Stora Enso, and climbing up from No. 8, Smurfit Kappa Group.’

For more details of theRISI article, please click here.

Ashland Water Technologies is now Solenis

Ashland Water Technologies has a new name – Solenis. Rooted in “solutions” and “genesis,” the name underscores the company’s mission to be at the source – the genesis – of solutions for its customers.

The name change coincides with the acquisition of Ashland Water Technologies by a fund managed by private investment firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R). Prior to the acquisition, Ashland Water Technologies was a commercial business unit of Ashland Inc. The sale closed July 31, 2014 and included the Industrial Water and the Pulp and Paper business units.

Although the name and brand is new, Solenis is grounded in a strong heritage that includes Ashland Water Technologies as well as Betz Laboratories, Drew, Stockhausen and Hercules. The stand-alone company continues a 94-year reputation as a respected manufacturer of specialty chemicals for the pulp, paper, oil and gas, chemical processing, mining, biorefining, power and municipal markets. Its product portfolio includes a broad array of process, functional and water treatment chemistries, as well as state-of-the-art monitoring and control systems.

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