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PCG completes Perstorp acquisition

PCG completes Perstorp acquisition
Perstorp Holding AB production plant in Perstorp, Sweden (photo courtesy Perstorp).

Sweden-headed global specialty chemicals major Perstorp Holding AB (Perstorp) has announced that it has been acquired by PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG), Malaysia´s leading integrated chemicals provider and part of PETRONAS Group, on October 11, 2022.

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In May this year, PCG signed a Securities Purchase Agreement with Financière Forêt S.à.r.l, a company under PAI Partners, a European private equity firm, to acquire the entire equity interest in Perstorp.

With the completion of the acquisition, Perstorp is now PCG’s wholly-owned subsidiary.

This day marks a new beginning and exciting future for Perstorp as part of the PCG family. We are thrilled to explore the opportunities that can be unlocked by working closely with PCG. This will accelerate the next phase of growth and further strengthen us as a leading specialty chemicals company. Perstorp and PCG form a stronger business together, said Jan Secher, President and CEO of Perstorp.

Established more than 140 years ago, Perstorp is a leading niche specialty chemicals player that develops sustainable solutions with a focus on the Resins & Coatings, Engineered Fluids, and Animal Nutrition markets.

With seven state-of-the-art manufacturing sites and three research and development (R&D) centres worldwide, Perstorp has a presence in 26 countries including the United States, Europe, and the Asia Pacific.

We are delighted to have completed this acquisition. The acquisition is part of our stepping-out strategy, creating a new platform for our growth in the specialty chemicals industry. It also goes beyond earnings potential; Perstorp is a strategic fit with similar values and a talented workforce who are experts in the industry. We are excited to welcome the Perstorp team to the PCG family, said PCG Managing Director Ir. Mohd Yusri Mohamed Yusof.

Moving forward post-acquisition, PCG intends to continue preserving and growing the value of Perstorp, as the next few years will be a crucial chapter for both companies.

Among the major development plans include the expansion of Perstorp´s global presence by strengthening its position in the Asia Pacific markets through PCG’s industrial know-how and tapping into its substantial customer base.

The combined technology and innovation power, as well as a complementing market positioning, create a new foundation upon which we, together with PCG, can leverage. We are proud of our frontrunner position in sustainability and will continue to lead the sustainable transformation in the chemical industry. I truly look forward to starting this exciting journey with PCG together with our employees, partners, and customers. Together we will lead the change towards chemistry that advances everyday life for the better, Jan Secher added.

Project AIR is set to be a game-changer

PCG will strive to ensure the timely completion of Perstorp’s growth projects in a safe and cost-effective manner.

Perstorp has several projects lined up in the near future, including the launch of Project AIR which aims to reduce carbon emissions through the production of sustainable methanol.

Recently, The European Union Innovation Fund selected Project AIR, as one of the 17 large-scale green tech projects, which together will be granted more than EUR 1.8 billion.

According to Perstorp, Project AIR is a game-changer for the chemical industry, moving from fossil raw materials to recycled and bio-based feedstock, thereby enabling sustainable chemical products to a large variety of industries and end products.

At full capacity, it will reduce global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by close to 500 000 tonnes per year from today’s levels, corresponding to one percent of current emissions in Sweden.

We are ready to advance further in our sustainability agenda. Perstorp’s Finite Material Neutral initiatives will serve as a catalyst for PCG’s projects toward our aspiration of Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050, concluded Ir. Mohd Yusri.

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