BASF to Acquire Solvay’s Polyamide Business


BASF and Solvay have signed an agreement related to the sale of Solvay’s integrated polyamide business to BASF. The purchase price on a cash and debt-free basis would be €1.6 billion. The intended transaction is subject to consultations with the relevant social bodies of Solvay, after which both companies will enter a binding purchase agreement.

Solvay and BASF aim to close the transaction in the third quarter of 2018, after customary regulatory approvals have been obtained and the formal consent of a joint venture partner has been received. The partner has already committed to grant its consent subject to the delivery of definitive documents with BASF.

The acquisition would complement BASF’s engineering plastics portfolio and expand the company’s position as a solution provider for the transportation, construction, industrial applications, and consumer industries, the company stated. According to BASF, the transaction would enhance access to key growth markets in Asia and South America and would strengthen BASF’s polyamide 6.6 value chain through increased polymerization capacities and the backward integration into the key raw material ADN (adipodinitrile).