The Compound Co. has acquired the Exxelor resin business from Esso Deutschland GmbH for an undisclosed price.
In a news release, officials with Compound Co. in Enschede, Netherlands, said that the acquisition will increase their firm's annual compounding capacity to more than 150 million pounds and will allow the firm to reach new markets.
Exxelor materials are polyolefin-based and elastomer-based resins often used to enhance the performance of engineering resins. Esso Deutschland is a Cologne, Germany-based unit of ExxonMobil Chemical of Houston.
The acquisition "adds a new sizeable jewel to our crown and ideally complements our established offerings "of adhesives and compounds, Compound Co. major shareholder Frans Haafkens said in the release. "It provides great synergies to further grow our customer base, with new opportunities in several dynamic application areas such as e‑mobility."
As impact modifiers, officials said Exxelor resins improve the toughness of compounds. As compatibilizers, coupling agents and adhesion promoters, they increase the bonding strength of non-polar polymers with polyolefins, fillers and reinforcements as well as metals, thermoset rubbers and most polar substrates, including glass.
"With Compound Co., our Exxelor manufacturing operations have found a good home to strengthen the market focus of the product offering and progress from a niche to a core business," Cologne Plant Manager Ronald van den Berg said.
Officials added that the Exxelor production site and brand will be maintained, and business integration will be done without any major changes for customers.
Compound makes compounds and adhesives for building and construction, automotive, packaging and other markets at a plant in Enschede.