18 June 2008 14:25 [Source: ICIS news]
TORONTO (ICIS news)--US chemicals producer Ashland and Germany’s Sud-Chemie plan to combine their global metal castings and foundry chemicals businesses into a new 50:50 joint venture, they said on Wednesday.
The companies signed a nonbinding memorandum of understanding to form the joint venture, which would be located in ?xml:namespace>
It would combine
The three businesses generated combined sales of $1.1bn (€715m) last year and employed 1,300 people worldwide.
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“Combining these businesses should ultimately result in increased shareholder value and better opportunities for our customers and employees."
The companies expected to close the transaction in early 2009, subject to a definitive agreement, regulatory review and other closing conditions, they said.
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