Trinseo says it has completed the cash acquisition of the Germany-based vinyl pyridine latex business from Synthomer (Harlow, UK). The undisclosed value of the transaction “is not material to the company,” it says.
Synthomer sold the latex tire cord binders business as part of the process to gain approval from the European Commission for its own acquisition of Omnova Solutions, which was completed in early April. The vinyl pyridine latex business will complement Trinseo’s expertize in coatings and tire ingredients, Trinseo says.
The transaction includes product recipes, customer lists, and associated intellectual property related to the business. No physical assets or employees will transfer to Trinseo, which says it has established agreements with Synthomer for contract manufacturing of the products to continue at Synthomer’s production facility at Marl, Germany.
Synthomer said in its original announcement of the planned sale to Trinseo that the divestment represented less than 0.5% of its 2019 sales.
By: Mark Thomas
Source: Chemical Week
France has launched an offshore green hydrogen production platform at the country’s Port of Saint-Nazaire this week, along with its first offshore wind farm. The hydrogen plant, which its operators say is the world’s first facility of its type, coincides with the launch of another “first of its kind” facility in Sweden dedicated to storing hydrogen in an underground lined rock cavern (LRC).
The project sets up the Hydrogen Valley in Rome, the first industrial-scale technological hub for the development of the national supply chain for the production, transport, storage and use of hydrogen for the decarbonization of industrial processes and for sustainable mobility.
At first glance, hydrogen seems to be the perfect solution to our energy needs. It doesn’t produce any carbon dioxide when used. It can store energy for long periods of time. It doesn’t leave behind hazardous waste materials, like nuclear does. And it doesn’t require large swathes of land to be flooded, like hydroelectricity. Seems too good to be true. So…what’s the catch?