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Archroma acquires three businesses from Clariant

Archroma has announced its official launch as a newly formed colour and specialty chemicals company that comprises the former Textile Specialties, Paper Solutions and Emulsion Products businesses of Clariant. To be led by CEO Alexander Wessels, the newly recruited senior leadership team will work closely with the current heads of the three businesses acquired from Clariant. “We’re open for business with a new name and a financially strong and knowledgeable parent who believes in our technology, brand and leading market positions,” said new CEO Alexander Wessels.

2nd October 2013

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Reinach

Medical/Hygiene, Packaging, Industrial, Construction

Archroma has announced its official launch as a newly formed colour and specialty chemicals company that comprises the former Textile Specialties, Paper Solutions and Emulsion Products businesses of Clariant.

To be led by CEO Alexander Wessels, the newly recruited senior leadership team will work closely with the current heads of the three businesses acquired from Clariant.

“We’re open for business with a new name and a financially strong and knowledgeable parent who believes in our technology, brand and leading market positions,” said new CEO Alexander Wessels.

Smooth transition

The three businesses were acquired by SK Capital Partners, a US based private investment firm with a disciplined focus on the specialty materials, chemicals and healthcare sectors.

“The transaction closing comes after a thorough preparation to ensure a seamless transition of the businesses from Clariant to new ownership. In addition, we believe that realigning the three businesses into a single integrated, market-focused and dynamic company will benefit both our employees and our customers,” commented Wessels.

“With SK Capital, we strengthen our business and further improve our offering to our customers. We have all the right cards in our hand. We know who we are and what we offer to our customers – innovation, performance, technical expertise, quality, reliability, a global footprint and a commitment to sustainability."

Customer and market focus

Archroma will be headquartered in Switzerland along with the management team of Archroma’s Paper Solutions Business. The Textile Specialties Business will be managed from Singapore and the Emulsion Products Business from Brazil.

The company is positioned in fibres and fabrics, paper and packaging, coatings, adhesives and construction end markets. It plans to continue to develop colour and performance materials to serve its customers’ needs.

Textile Specialties

Archroma's Textile Specialties Business provides special chemicals for pre-treatment, dyeing, printing and finishing of textiles.

Product packages are said to enhance the properties of apparel and other textiles in applications as diverse as high fashion, home textiles and special technical textiles.

Paper Solutions

Archroma's Paper Solutions Business provides expertise in the management of whiteness, colouration, special coatings and strength for all kind of papers

By combining the company’s focused product range with the application services of the paper experts globally, Archroma claims to have enhanced both the optical and functional properties of paper.

Emulsion Products

Archroma’s Emulsion Products Business provides solutions for a wide range of applications, including paints, adhesives and construction, as well as textile, leather and paper industries.

The company reports an outstanding success of its Mowilith emulsions, since the first patent was obtained in 1912.

www.archroma.com

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