Solvay Soda Ash Deal Scuttled | June 14, 2010 Issue - Vol. 88 Issue 24 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 88 Issue 24 | p. 26 | Concentrates
Issue Date: June 14, 2010

Solvay Soda Ash Deal Scuttled

Department: Business
Keywords: soda ash, antitrust, bad deals

A deal Belgium-based Solvay thought it had sealed in September (C&EN, Sept. 14, 2009, page 18) to buy a majority stake in a Berezniki, Russia, soda ash plant from Sodium Group Investment (SGI) has gone sour. Days after the expiration of Solvay’s purchase agreement with SGI, Russian antitrust authorities inexplicably approved the sale to Solvay and also to a different buyer, the Bashkhim Group, Solvay says. Now Bashkhim owns the plant, according to Solvay, and controls 65% of the Russian soda ash market. Solvay says it is considering “strategic options” in the matter.

 
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