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The Netherlands: Sustainable Polymers Nouryon Acquires J.M. Huber’s Carboxymethyl Cellulose Business

| Editor: Ahlam Rais

The acquisition will enable Nouryon to expand its Carboxymethyl Cellulose product line and is in line with the company’s strategy of investing in new potential growth markets. With this deal, around 240 employees will be shifted to Nouryon.

The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2020, subject to regulatory approvals.
The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2020, subject to regulatory approvals.
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The Netherlands – Nouryon is continuing its growth acceleration plans with an agreement to acquire the carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) business of J.M. Huber Corporation. The transaction will significantly broaden Nouryon’s portfolio of products in CMC, a sustainable, bio-based water-soluble polymer used as a thickener, binder, stabiliser and film former. The companies have largely complementary positions in CMC end markets, which include home and personal care, mining, food, pharmaceuticals, and paper and packaging.

The acquisition underlines Nouryon’s strategy of investing in attractive growth markets, including bolt-on acquisitions. The business manufactures a complete line of CMC grades and serves customers in over 80 countries, generating sales of around 149 million dollars. It includes a world-class manufacturing facility as well as an advanced R&D facility located at Äänekoski, Finland. Around 240 employees from the business will be transferred to Nouryon.

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“We are excited by the opportunity to acquire this high-quality business,” said Charlie Shaver, Chairman and CEO of Nouryon. “With an expansive range of products that complements our existing CMC portfolio, this business will allow us to offer our current and future customers a significantly broader set of solutions. This acquisition also confirms our commitment to investing in sustainable growth platforms. We look forward to welcoming the employees of this business into the Nouryon family,” he said.

Mike Marberry, CEO & President of J.M. Huber Corporation says, “We are very pleased that Nouryon, which shares our core values, will become the new strategic owner of this business and continue to provide excellent products and services to our long-standing CMC customers.”

The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2020, subject to regulatory approvals.

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