DRT buys Pinova for US$150 million

DRT has agreed to buy Pinova Inc., the specialty resins and chemical intermediates manufacturer. DRT will acquire Pinova Inc. and its diversified portfolio of industry applications as well as its Brunswick manufacturing site from Symrise for US$150 million. Pinova Inc.’s 2016 sales are expected to total about $111 million.

As part of the transaction, Symrise and DRT have also agreed on a co-operation for individual product development projects as well as for the supply of strategic raw materials.

Headquartered in Georgia, USA, Pinova Inc. manufactures industry applications derived from pine stump wood and other natural resources for customers in more than 100 countries. The portfolio comprises specialty rosin, polyterpene resins, and sensory ingredients. Pinova offers a range of polar and nonpolar resins suitable for the modification of polymers and elastomers. These are used in master batch applications, rubber modification and complex blending operations using high viscosity natural and synthetic rubbers in the tyre and rubber industry.

DRT (Dérivés Résiniques et Terpéniques) specializes in the development of rosin and turpentine extracted from pine resin. As a French family-owned company, DRT employs 1,200 people and boasts sales of 350 million euros annually. Over 80 per cent of sales are generated in international markets. DRT has four factories in France, one in China and three in India through a joint venture. DRT mainly supplies the perfume, adhesive, rubber, ink and food supplement markets.

Symrise had acquired Pinova Inc. as one of two operating entities of US-American Pinova Holdings, Inc. in 2015. The activities of the holding’s former Renessenz entity, which manufactures ingredients for fragrances and oral care products as well as for food and beverages, have already been fully integrated into the Aroma Molecules division of Symrise’s Scent & Care segment.

With Pinova Inc. as part of DRT, Symrise will continue a business relationship going forward. Both companies will cooperate in the area of product developments. Furthermore, Pinova Inc. will continue to supply specific strategic raw materials to Symrise, thereby providing efficient and reliable access to important fragrance ingredients materials.

Laurent Labatut, CEO of DRT, said: “With its compelling portfolio and impressive

access to the US market, Pinova Inc. represents an ideal addition to our business. This acquisition complements our investment in our new production facility in Effingham County, Georgia, which will be fully operational in 2017. We see a lot of opportunities for growth as we combine our activities, providing more value to customers.”

Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise AG, said: “As part of our Scent & Care strategy, we sharpened our ingredients portfolio, putting a particular focus on solutions that are based on materials from renewable resources. The agreement signed with DRT brings strong benefits for all sides. For Symrise it unlocks resources, which allow us to advance expanding our fragrances activities while at the same time securing access to important raw materials. For Pinova Inc. the transaction opens additional prospects as the business will become a strong pillar of DRT, which will further drive its growth course and strengthen its foot print in the US market.”

The transaction is expected to take place by the end of this year.

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