AkzoNobel has finalized the acquisition of BASF's global Industrial Coatings business, which supplies a range of products for industries including construction, domestic appliances, wind energy and commercial transport.
The transaction includes relevant technologies, patents and trademarks, as well as two manufacturing plants in the United Kingdom and South Africa. Approximately 400 employees from BASF's Industrial Coatings business join AkzoNobel, bringing expertise to innovate and serve an expanded customer base worldwide.
Completing this transaction also positions AkzoNobel as a full-service coatings provider for the protection and maintenance of wind turbines, providing essential protection to wind power stations around the globe.
During the next two years, a portion of the BASF production volume will be transferred to existing nearby AkzoNobel manufacturing facilities. This will bring synergies and additional production efficiencies. The full profitability of the acquisition will be realized by the end of 2018, in line with the stated financial guidance from AkzoNobel for its existing Performance Coatings business.
"We are pleased to welcome our new colleagues to AkzoNobel," said Conrad Keijzer, the company's Executive Committee member responsible for Performance Coatings.
"This business is an excellent strategic fit and will strengthen our leading market positions, particularly in the coil, protective and wood coatings sectors in Europe. We will be able to offer new products and maintenance solutions - such as protective coatings for wind turbine blades - and service a broader customer base to drive growth."