As part of the Coating Resins business unit within the Coating Solutions segment, the two subsidiaries to be divested accounted for sales of some €45 million in 2012. The proposed divestment concerns 125 people, a production plant in Isipingo (Arkema Resins Proprietary Limited) near Durban, and 5 storage facilities (Harveys Composites Proprietary Limited).
Arkema will retain a presence in South Africa in the coating sector through Ferro, via licensing and distribution agreements.
The propose divestment is subject to approval by the relevant antitrust authorities in South Africa. The deal is expected to be closed in the second quarter 2014.
This operation is fully in line with Arkema’s ambition to be a world leader in specialty chemicals and advanced materials and with the target, announced at the September 2012 Investor day, to divest around 400 million euros of sales between 2012 and 2016.
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