BASF selling PVC modifier business to Kaneka

By Frank Esposito
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: December 5, 2013 4:44 pm ET
Updated: December 5, 2013 4:45 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Materials, Mergers & Acquisitions, Materials Suppliers
Companies & Associations BASF SE

BASF SE is selling its Vinuran-brand PVC modifier business to Japanese materials maker Kaneka Corp. for an undisclosed price.

The sale includes intangible assets and inventory, but not production assets or employees, BASF officials said in a Dec. 5 news release. BASF makes Vinuran at its headquarters site in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

Vinuran is an acrylate-based PVC modifier which is used with PVC in weatherproof panels, films and profile sections in the construction market. Officials said Vinuran “is not a core business” for the firm but that it “represents a good strategic fit” for Osaka-based Kaneka.

The sale “allows BASF to focus on growth of its acrylate-based dispersions portfolio,” they added.

The deal wraps up a busy year for BASF in which the firm reorganized its plastics business into four separate units and opened a new resin blending plant in Bahrain. The firm also spotlighted several major innovations at the K show in Düsseldorf, Germany, including Infinergy, a thermoplastic polyurethane foam that’s being used in Energy Boost running shoes made by Adidas.

By the end of the year, BASF will have begun production on two new plastic products. AIM Filtertec is using BASF technology to make Steron-brand polyurethane/silicon fabric at a new plant in Pune, India. While in Lemforde, Germany, BASF will begin production of a PU foam insulation panel for the construction market.

Through September, BASF’s total sales were up three percent vs. the year-ago period to 55.8 billion euros ($72.6 billion), but the firm’s nine-month profit fell almost 4 percent to 3.7 billion euros ($4.8 billion).

BASF ranks as one of the world’s largest makers of chemicals, specialty plastics and plastic additives. The firm employs more than 110,000 worldwide and posted sales of almost $94 billion in 2012.


Comments

BASF selling PVC modifier business to Kaneka

By Frank Esposito
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: December 5, 2013 4:44 pm ET
Updated: December 5, 2013 4:45 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Asahi Kasei breaks ground on Alabama compounding plant

September 29, 2014 5:39 pm ET

Asahi Kasei Plastics North America will be able to solve two problems at once with a new compounding plant in Athens, Ala.    More

Image

DuPont shifting Teflon production in China

September 29, 2014 2:35 pm ET

DuPont Co. will spend more than $15 million to improve its fluoropolymer product offerings in China.    More

Image

Sale of PVC maker Oltchim still in limbo

September 29, 2014 10:25 am ET

Fresh attempts to privatize insolvent Romanian PVC producer Oltchim SA have met with new obstacles as the European Union questioned the Romanian...    More

Image

Clariant extends reach into Asia with acquisition

September 29, 2014 9:54 am ET

Clariant International Ltd. is buying VitaPac (HK) Industrial Ltd., a Hong Kong-based company which produces desiccant packets for the healthcare...    More

Image

Nypro Healthcare continues to grow following Jabil acquisition

September 26, 2014 1:59 pm ET

Nypro Healthcare's newest medical device manufacturing facility offers 200,000 square feet of carefully configured Class 8 clean room molding and asse...    More

Market Reports

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 million dollar plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends and micro trends faced by companies that do business in Mexico. The report also provides key industry statistics and forecasts to anticipate future industry expansion.

Learn more

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Injection Molders Market Report & Ranking 2014

This special package contains our 132-page 2014 Market Report on the Injection Molding segment and our exclusive 2014 RANKINGS database of 500+ Injection Molders for a discounted package price.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events