Solvay corporate headquarters in Belgium.
Mine in Europe complements Fluorspar sourcing for future developments.
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: Solvay has acquired a fluorspar mine in Chiprovtsi, Bulgaria from the N&N Group. This strategic acquisition reinforces the vertical integration of Solvay’s high added-value fluorinated specialty polymers and fluorinated special chemicals production at a competitive cost.
The mine has currently 107 employees working in the mining and production activities near Chiprovtsi, not far from the Serbian border. The intention is to increase the production to at least 50,000 tons per year of acid grade fluorspar by the end of 2011. Fluorspar is the key raw material for hydrofluoric acid and used downstream to produce fluorinated chemicals and polymers. This acquisition will add supplementary reserves to those already provided by the fluorspar mine in Okorusu (Namibia).
“Solvay extends and secures the sourcing possibilities for future developments of fluorinated chemicals and polymers with this strategic investment. Solvay adds a new own raw material basis for future business expansion in downstream fluorine specialty markets where we see a continuing strong growth, especially in Asia,” said Bernd Wilkes, Senior Executive VP, Strategic Business Unit Fluor, Solvay.
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