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12th February 2018, Arco

Aquafil reinforces its presence in Asia Pacific

This is the first acquisition Aquafil has made in Asia Pacific, and the first as a publicly traded company on the Italian stock exchange.Aquafil has signed an agreement with Invista, a leading integrated producer of chemical intermediates, polymers and fibres, to acquire certain tangible and intangible assets related to Invista’s nylon 6 business activity in Asia Pacific.

“This is a milestone for the further development of Aquafil in the Asia Pacific region,” commented Giulio Bonazzi, President and CEO of the Group. “This deal will accelerate Aquafil’s investment programme in the area of Asia Pacific that remains the region with highest potential in terms of demand growth for synthetic fibres.”

The transaction does not include Invista’s other businesses in Asia, such as its nylon 6,6, polyester, polyols and licensing businesses and related brands. Closing is expected on 29 March 2018.

The assets to be acquired concern Invista’s business of polyamide 6 BCF fibre in Asia Pacific with a turnover of about US$ 50 million and, after business integration, with an expected margin in line with Aquafil Group’s consolidated EBITDA margin.

Founded in 1965, Aquafil is one of the main players in Italy in the production of synthetic fibres, particularly for polyamide 6 applications. The Group is present in three continents with a workforce of over 2,700 at production sights in Italy, Germany, Scotland, Slovenia, Croatia, USA, Thailand, and China.

Aquafil is a pioneer in the circular economy also thanks to the Econyl regeneration system, an innovative and sustainable process able to create new products from waste and give life to an endless cycle. The nylon waste is collected in locations all over the world and includes industrial waste but also products (such as fishing nets and rugs) that have reached the end of their useful life.

Such waste is processed so as to obtain a raw material (caprolactam) with the same chemical and performance characteristics as those from fossil sources. The polymers produced from Econyl caprolactam are distributed to the Group’s production plants, where they are transformed into BCF yarn and NTF yarn.


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