Acquisition Lyondell Basell to Become Third Largest Producer of PP Compounds in India

Editor: Dr. Jörg Kempf

Lyondell Basell, one of the world’s largest plastics, chemical and refining companies, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the polypropylene (PP) compounding assets of Zylog Plastalloys (Zylog) of India.

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Bhavesh (Bob) Patel, CEO and chairman of the management board of Lyondell Basell: “With these investments, Lyondell Basell will be a leading producer of PP compounds in all major automotive growth regions of the world.”
Bhavesh (Bob) Patel, CEO and chairman of the management board of Lyondell Basell: “With these investments, Lyondell Basell will be a leading producer of PP compounds in all major automotive growth regions of the world.”
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Houston, Texas/USA and London/UK – Upon completion of the acquisition, Lyondell Basell will double its automotive customer base in India and become the third largest producer of PP compounds in the country with an annual capacity of 44,000 metric tons (97 million pounds).

Earlier this year, Lyondell Basell acquired SJS Plastiblends (SJS), a manufacturer of PP compounds located in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India. The Zylog acquisition includes manufacturing sites in Sinnar, Maharashtra, and in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

“We are very optimistic about India’s economic growth and rapidly expanding automotive market,” said Bhavesh (Bob) Patel, CEO and chairman of the management board of Lyondell Basell. “The acquisition of SJS and Zylog are part of our plan to strategically expand our footprint where it makes sense from an economic and strategic perspective. With these investments, Lyondell Basell will be a leading producer of PP compounds in all major automotive growth regions of the world,” he added.

Lyondell Basell is the world’s largest producer of PP compounds with an annual capacity of 1.2 million metric tons (2.6 billion pounds). These compounds are used to manufacture automotive parts, home appliances and other products. Lyondell Basell has supplied the Indian market through imports and tolling arrangements since 2009.

India represents the fourth largest growth market for automobiles globally with three million new vehicles produced each year. According to IHS, India’s automotive market is expected to continue growing by six to eight percent annually through 2021. Additionally, the World Bank has predicted India's GDP to grow at a rate of eight percent by 2017.

The transaction is expected to close in early 2016. Until the transaction is complete, Zylog will conduct business as usual and continue to provide the same level of support, service and high quality products to its customers.

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