Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a global chemical producer, announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire INVISTA Resins & Fibers GmbH, which owns a high value-added PET manufacturing facility located in Gersthofen, Germany. The Gersthofen site has a combined capacity of 2,82,000 tonnes/ annum and employs approximately 140 employees. The transaction is expected to be completed in the 1st quarter of 2019, subject to regulatory approvals.
Invista Gersthofen is a strong strategic fit with IVL and is aligned with the strategy to grow and support the customer’s needs with differentiated solutions in both packaging and in industrial fibres. IVL will own intellectual property rights of POLYSHIELD PET and OXYCLEAR Barrier PET, Invista’s barrier technology, in all markets globally. POLYSHIELD PET and OXYCLEAR Barrier PET brands are well-anchored in oxygen barrier packaging i.e. Ketchup. Together with IVL’s HVA polymer business in America’s, Gersthofen will open new opportunities in several new markets and attractive segments.
PET packaging with an oxygen barrier is mainly used by the food and beverage industry to protect oxygen-sensitive products, such as juice, wine, beer, dairy as well as ketchup, sauces and other condiments throughout their entire shelf life.
Demand for barrier resins is expected to grow at a strong pace, driven by the improved shelf life of packaged food products, the increasing health and hygiene concerns and the emergence of new recyclable PET applications over traditional materials such as glass and aluminium cans. Currently, IVL has a leading market share in the North America oxygen barrier PET market.
Commenting on the acquisition, Aloke Lohia, Group CEO of Indorama Ventures said, “This is a very exciting development for IVL. With our strong foundation in the PET market and IVL’s geographic reach, we see vast opportunities to grow POLYSHIELD PET and OXYCLEAR Barrier PET brands to their full potential and reach existing and new customers around the world.
We are already capitalising on the opportunities in the US market, one of the largest barrier resins markets in the world - through our existing OXYCLEAR Barrier PET license in America’s. This strategic acquisition will evolve IVL to the next level of success by taking advantage of opportunities in global markets. With this acquisition, we reinforce our commitment to deliver the highest value to our customers and create sustainable long-term value for our shareholders.”