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.
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