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Emerald Performance Materials Acquires the Business & Assets of DSM Special Products, BV

Published on 2010-12-23. Author : SpecialChem

CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH -- Emerald Performance Materials, LLC (Emerald), a provider of advanced specialty chemicals, announced that it has acquired the business and assets of DSM Special Products, BV (DSP), a European-based manufacturer of benzoic acid, sodium benzoate, benzaldehyde and benzyl alcohol. As part of the acquisition agreement, DSP will become a part of the Emerald Kalama Chemical business unit, which manufactures and markets products and technologies targeted to food and beverage, consumer and industrial applications. Emerald is an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., a private investment firm specializing in leveraged buyouts and investments in market-leading companies. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

DSP is best known for its toluene oxidation technology, which is used to create Purox® brands of sodium benzoate and benzoic acid, as well as benzyl alcohol and benzaldehyde. These materials function as high-purity preservatives, antimicrobials, flavor and fragrance ingredients for food and beverages, cosmetic and household products, coatings, agrochemical, pharmaceutical and feed applications. VevoVitall®, a product for the animal health market, will continue to be sold through DSM Nutritional Products.

DSM in September 2007 announced its strategy to focus on its Life Sciences and Material Sciences businesses and its plan to divest the Special Products business. DSP employs approximately 130 people in The Netherlands at its manufacturing site in Rotterdam and its commercial office in Geleen. All will become employees of Emerald, per terms of the sales agreement.

"The acquisition of DSP is yet another strong sign of Emerald Kalama Chemical's commitment to operate as a world-class organization focused on toluene oxidation chemistry in support of our customers worldwide," said Edward T. Gotch, President of Emerald Kalama Chemical. "The DSP acquisition provides Emerald with a significant manufacturing presence in Europe and a great base from which to serve Emerald's existing business in Europe, as well as support our growth in that region. We are very enthusiastic about this acquisition, as we feel that DSP's technologies, expertise and reputation in the market closely parallel those of Emerald Kalama Chemical and our company as a whole."

Christopher H. Thomas, Principal, Sun Capital Partners, Inc., commented, "The acquisition of DSP will expand Emerald's presence into Europe and within the specialty chemical industry, reflecting our commitment to the industry and to Emerald's growth. This is Emerald's third strategic acquisition, and we will continue to actively pursue acquisitions in this space."

About Emerald

Emerald produces and markets technologically advanced specialty chemicals for a broad range of food and industrial applications. Its products play a variety of roles in the products that are consumed and used every day enabling them to last longer, look, smell, taste or perform better. Emerald products are used in aerospace, food, beverages, cosmetics, toothpaste, household products, paint, tires, automobiles, sports gear and many other applications. Headquartered in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Emerald has four business units, seven operations and approximately 600 employees.

About Sun Capital Partners, Inc.

Sun Capital Partners, Inc. is a leading private investment firm focused on leveraged buyouts, equity, debt, and other investments in companies that can benefit from its in-house operating professionals and experience. Sun Capital affiliates have invested in more than 245 companies worldwide with combined sales in excess of $40 billion since Sun Capital's inception in 1995. Sun Capital has offices in Boca Raton, Los Angeles, and New York, as well as affiliates with offices in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Luxembourg, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

Source: Emerald Performance Materials, LLC

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