Westlake Chemical (Houston) has completed the acquisition of Nakan, a compounder of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), thermoplastic elastomers (TPE), and thermoplastic polyolefins (TPO) based in Reims, France, from OpenGate Capital (Los Angeles). Westlake announced the $265 million deal in September 2018.
Nakan brings Westlake eight production facilities located in China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain and Vietnam, a research facility in France, and an application laboratory in the United States.
OpenGate Capital purchased Nakan in 2015, through the acquisition of Ivy Group. Ivy Group, formerly known as Kem One Innovative Vinyls, was acquired through a French administration process that originated with a complex acquisition in 2014 of Kem One SAS, a fully integrated producer of PVC resins. Entrepreneur Alain de Krassny is now the sole shareholder in Kem One.
By Clay Boswell
Source: Chemical Week
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