U.S. chemicals group Reichhold secured EU antitrust approval on Friday for its proposed buy of Italian polymers maker Polynt after pledging to divest a facility in France to U.S. company Ashland Global Holdings.
Reichhold, owned by a group of investors including Black Diamond Capital, had announced the asset sale last month. The plant, located in Etain in north-east France, is Reichhold’s largest unsaturated polyester resin plant.
The European Commission said the asset sale addressed its concerns about the competitive impact of the deal.
Polynt is a leading European producer of resins which are principally used in the transportation and construction industries.
By Foo Yun Chee
Johnson Matthey is expanding its fuel cell operations into China with a £7.5-million facility to manufacture critical components for customers in the region.
Having invested around EUR 25 million in the construction of this 80,000-m3 facility, Borealis can now source and store naphtha for its Porvoo operations from the global market in a more flexible, cost-efficient, and secure way.
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, Japan’s largest chemical maker, has named Jean-Marc Gilson, CEO of plant-ingredients maker Roquette Frères (Lestrem, France), as its next CEO, effective 1 April 2021.