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BASF sells PS business in Brazil

September 16/2009

September, 16 (polimerica.eu) -- The chemical company is progressing with steps to restructure its styrenics business.


BASF has signed an agreement with petrochemical company Companhia Brasileira de Estireno (CBE), a Unigel subsidiary, to sell its Brazilian polystyrene business, including the 190,000 tons plant in São José dos Campos. All employees from production, marketing and sales will transfer to the buyer. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price or further financial details.


“Given the current economic environment, we are taking steps to improve the profitability of our core styrenics business and strengthen our market position. This was also the reason for the recent closure of the 80,000 metric tons per year polystyrene plant in Ludwigshafen and the sale of our 320,000 metric tons per year styrene monomer site in Korea that we announced at the beginning of August,” explained Joachim Streu, head of BASF’s styrenics business.


BASF will continue to market acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS), Styrolux and Styroflex (SBS), as well as other styrenics copolymers in Brazil. The remaining South American market will be supplied with these products and with polystyrene from BASF sites in Antwerp, Belgium, and Altamira, Mexico.


Henri Slezynger, Chairman of Unigel, has underlined that “the integration strategy with Unigel´s two styrene monomer plants totaling 280,000 metric tons will strengthen one of the group’s core business in petrochemicals.”


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       MRC Reference

BASF. The share in the Russian market in 2008:
 PS - 9.1% (GPPS - 5.9%, ABS - 11.4%, EPS - 10.6%).

 

Annual sales growth in Russia over the 5 years:
 PS - 15%.

 

Imports by polymers processing technologies:
 foaming;
 injection molding.


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