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Lotte Chemical to merge its specialty chemicals unit

December 12/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Lotte Chemical Corp., a major South Korean chemical company, said its merger with Lotte Advanced Materials Co. will be completed by 2 January 2020, reported GV.

The company announced the merger plans on 22 August 2019, when it unveiled its decision to merge with its wholly owned subsidiary as part of efforts to streamline its chemical business.

Lotte Chemical formerly owned a 90 percent stake in Lotte Advanced Materials after it acquired the company from Samsung Group in April 2016. It bought the remaining 10 percent stake from Samsung SDI Co. for KRW 279.5 billion (USD 231 million) on 30 July 2019.

Lotte Chemical said the move is intended to help boost the company's competitiveness by bringing specialty chemicals businesses under the same wing and maximizing efficiency in management. The merger will also boost its annual polycarbonate (PC) production capacity to 460,000 tons.

Lotte Advanced Materials currently produces 240,000 tons of PC a year.

We remind that, as MRC informed before, Lotte Chemical Titan Holding (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), an affiliate of Lotte Chemical (Seoul, South Korea), announced that the group's ethane cracker and ethylene glycol (EG) plant at Lake Charles, Louisiana, commenced commercial operations in August, 2019. Lotte Chemical USA, a 40/60 joint venture (JV) between Lotte Chemical Titan and Lotte Chemical, holds the Lotte group's stakes in the plants. The USD3.1-billion ethane cracker is an 88/12 JV between Lotte Chemical USA and Axiall, a subsidiary of Westlake Chemical. Lotte has invested about USD1.9 billion in the JV. Lotte Chemical USA owns 100% of the EG plant.

Lotte is the first South Korean petrochemical company to enter the ethane-cracking business in North America using shale gas. Lotte Chemical operates naphtha crackers at Yeosu and Daesan, South Korea, and Lotte Chemical Titan operates a cracker at Pasir Gudang, Malaysia. Lotte says that the US cracker increases the group's overall ethylene capacity to 4.5 MMt/y, making it the seventh-biggest producer of ethylene worldwide.

According to ICIS-MRC Price report, Russia's estimated consumption of polycarbonate (PC) rose in in the first three quarters of 2019 by 11% year on year to 61,000 tonnes (54,800 tonnes a year earlier). Consumption in the injection moulding sector grew in the first nine months of 2019 by 10% year on year to 7,900 tonnes from 7,200 tonnes a year earlier.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PC, shale gas, propylene, ethylene, sheet extrusion, Honam Petrochemical, Lotte Chemical, Russia, USA, South Korea.
Category:General News
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