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Orion broadens its specialty carbon black offering through acquisitions

November 2, 2018  

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Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. has reached an agreement to acquire Acetylene Carbon Black manufacturer Société du Noir d’Acétylène de l’Aubette, (SN2A) SAS from LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V. and its French affiliate.

“SN2A brings us a skilled team, proven technology and an operating plant. With this platform we are going to significantly strengthen our capabilities in the lithium-ion battery market and broaden our position in other attractive markets,” said Corning F. Painter, Chief Executive Officer of Orion Engineered Carbons. “This bolt-on acquisition is a perfect fit with Orion’s focus on specialty carbon blacks. We look forward to welcoming the SN2A team to Orion and bringing Acetylene Black into our portfolio.”

Acetylene Black is an ultra-pure premium specialty carbon black distinguished by its high electrical and thermal conductivity. Lithium-ion batteries and high-end electrical cables are key applications for this material.

The agreement with LyondellBasell includes provisions for a secured long-term feedstock supply. Orion plans to strengthen production capabilities at the Berre l’Etang facility.

SN2A was founded in 1987 and is headquartered at Berre l’Etang, near Marseille, France.

Orion produce a broad range of carbon blacks that include high-performance specialty gas blacks, furnace blacks, lamp blacks, thermal blacks and other carbon blacks that tint, colourize and enhance the performance of polymers, plastics, paints and coatings, inks and toners, textile fibres, adhesives and sealants, tires, and mechanical rubber goods such as automotive belts and hoses.