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12/2/2016

Gurit buys BASF PET business

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This acquisition will strengthen Gurit's structural core material product range and add a sizeable European-based PET production capacity to the company's existing PET operations in China.

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Gurit, Zurich, Switzerland, has acquired BASF's PET structural foam business, which includes BASF's PET operations in Italy, including its staff, operating assets and product IP in the form of an asset deal. This acquisition will strengthen Gurit's structural core material product range and add a sizeable European-based PET production capacity to the company's existing PET operations in China. The Kerdyn product brand will reinforce Gurits PET product offering to the wind, marine, transport and construction industry. Additionally, Gurit will gain significant extrusion process technology and product innovation know-how.

Located in Volpiano, Italy, the BASF PET business generated a low single digit million Swiss Francs turnover in 2016. Gurit intends to integrate and further develop the new PET operations as part of its composite materials business unit.

"We would like to welcome the BASF team in Volpiano to Gurit and look forward to dynamically developing the site and business together," says Rudolf Hadorn, CEO of Gurit. 

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