Published On: Mon, Oct 27th, 2014

Israel Chemicals Sells its German Business to Japanese Kurita


Kurita Water Industries Ltd, a Japanese water treatment company, has agreed to acquire Israel Chemicals‘ Performance Products segment’s aluminum, paper and water (APW) business units in Germany for $400 million.

The sale is expected to be finalized at the end of 2014 and is subject to the completion of certain conditions precedent, including receipt of approvals by authorities, as well as the agreement of a minimum number of APW employees to become employees of Kurita.

The APW business units produce active ingredients, formulations and customized water treatment solutions for use by industries and municipalities. The agreement includes Kurita’s purchase of ICL PP’s chemical additives business for the paper industry and related aluminum compounds produced by ICL PP at its facilities located in Ludwigshafen and Dusseldorf, Germany, as well as at additional ICL PP venues in Europe and China.

Kurita stated that the combination of ICL’s Water Solutions business with its own water technologies will help the company develop a more advanced platform to collectively build a global footprint. The Paper Solutions business will accelerate Kurita’s expansion of its product offering into new markets through existing relationships. The Alumina Compounds business’ technologies for inorganic coagulant, together with Kurita’s sensing technologies, will enable Kurita to provide optimal solutions for alumina coagulant to new and existing customers.

The sale of the APW business units is part of ICL’s ‘Next Step Forward’ strategy launched in late 2013. The strategy calls for ICL to divest its non-core businesses to focus on its core businesses in the agriculture, food and engineered materials markets and to optimize its positioning in those markets. The products manufactured by the APW businesses sold to Kurita were not based on ICL’s core minerals.

Commenting on the sale of the APW business units, ICL President & CEO, Stefan Borgas, stated, “ICL is executing its strategy by focusing on its core business, and it will use the proceeds from the sale of APW, as well as from the divestment of additional non-core assets, to strengthen ICL’s core businesses in the agriculture, food and engineered materials markets, pursue operational excellence, build out ICL’s distinctive mineral assets and technologies, and expand our global presence, especially in emerging markets. We are gratified to enter into an agreement to sell our APW business units to a highly suitable company such as Kurita. This transaction is opportune not only for ICL and Kurita, but also for APW’s dedicated and talented team of employees.”

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