Evonik completes divestment its carbon black business

Evonik completes divestment of its carbon black business

5:07 PM, 1st August 2011
Evonik completes divestment of its carbon black business
Klaus Engel, Chairman of the Executive Board, Evonik Industries.

 

ESSEN, GERMANY: Evonik Industries successfully completed the divestment of its carbon black activities on July 29, 2011. The new owners are investors Rhône Capital and Triton Partners. Including the assumption of certain obligations, the transaction is valued at over €900 million. The carbon black business generated sales of around €1.2 billion in fiscal 2010. The business has been acquired intact as a whole, with its approximately 1,650 employees, about 500 of whom are based in Germany. Evonik Carbon Black was renamed upon transfer and now operates as Orion Engineered Carbons.

“This divestment shows that Evonik is continuing to focus systematically on its core specialty chemicals business. At the same time, we are pleased to transfer the carbon black business to a new owner who is able to realize promising growth perspectives,” commented Klaus Engel, Chairman of the Executive Board, Evonik Industries.

Following careful analysis of the strategic options, in September 2010 Evonik’s executive board decided to exit the carbon blacks business completely. The divestment process started in November 2010 and the contracts were signed on April 16, 2011.

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