Indorama Will Buy European Recycler | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 89 Issue 39 | p. 16 | Concentrates
Issue Date: September 26, 2011

Indorama Will Buy European Recycler

Department: Business
Keywords: polyester, recycling, fibers

Thailand’s Indorama Ventures is buying Wellman International, Europe’s largest polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycler, from German private equity firm Aurelius for about $58 million. Wellman runs an 80,000-metric-ton-per-year polyester fiber plant in Ireland, as well as plants that turn waste PET into polyester fiber in France and the Netherlands. Wellman International had 2010 sales of about $170 million. Aurelius bought Wellman International from the U.S. firm Wellman Inc. in 2007, shortly before the latter declared bankruptcy.

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