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Styrolution and Braskem to explore ABS joint venture in Brazil

Frankfurt, Germany & Sao Paulo, Brazil

  • New joint venture would be only producer of ABS and SAN specialties in South America
  • The proposed 100 kt production facility in Brazil would offer customers from a range of growth industries localized service and security of supply

  • The proposed 100 kt production facility in Brazil would offer customers from a range of growth industries localized service and security of supply

    Frankfurt, Germany and Sao Paulo – October 14, 2013 – Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, and Braskem, the largest producer of thermoplastic resins in America and a global leader in biopolymers, today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to investigate the formation of a joint venture in Brazil. The proposed 100 kt plant would supply specialty styrenics, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and styrene acrylonitrile (SAN) copolymers, to customers in Brazil and throughout South America.
    With a population of over 200 million and an estimated gross domestic product of over USD $2.3 trillion, the Brazilian market is robust. In recent years, Brazil has seen significant growth in the household appliance and automotive industries, both of which are key consumers of the specialty styrenics the joint venture would produce. Traditionally, ABS and SAN have been imported into the region by styrenics providers like Styrolution. The new company would seek to capitalize on the favorable market dynamics to create a domestic and regional producer offering customers more localized service and greater
    security of supply.
    Styrolution's contribution to the proposed joint venture would include its expertise in the
    development and production of styrenics, the industry's broadest styrenics product
    portfolio, technology licensing and its existing business in the region. As the region's top
    petrochemical company, Braskem would provide its knowledge of the local and regional
    markets, supply chain infrastructure and the site for the production facility.
    The consummation of the joint venture is subject to regulatory and antitrust approvals. It is
    planned that Styrolution would be the majority shareholder with 70 percent and Braskem
    holding 30 percent. Subject to an agreement by both parties to proceed and provided
    relevant approvals are obtained, groundbreaking for the site could be expected as early as
    2015 with production likely starting in 2017.
    "Styrolution recently unveiled a new strategy which calls for a shift in three areas of our
    business, namely expanding our footprint in emerging markets, growing our specialty
    styrenics business and focusing on select, higher-growth industries," says Roberto
    Gualdoni, CEO, Styrolution. "For Styrolution, this proposed joint venture ticks all the boxes
    and we are pleased to be partnering with Braskem to explore the opportunities this could
    afford us."
    The proposed partnership would be an important step towards strengthening the
    petrochemical sector in Brazil. It would also aid in the development of domestic business
    opportunities in areas such as ABS, where our country is currently dependent upon
    imports, attracting new investments to the derived value chains," says Carlos Fadigas,
    CEO, Braskem. "Relying upon the expertise of Styrolution in specialty styrenics, we hope
    to design the best solution to make this important project viable."

    ABOUT INEOS STYROLUTION

    INEOS Styrolution is the leading, global styrenics supplier with a focus on styrene monomer, polystyrene, ABS Standard and styrenic specialties. With world-class production facilities and more than 85 years of experience, INEOS Styrolution helps its customers succeed by offering the best possible solution, designed to give them a competitive edge in their markets. The company provides styrenic applications for many everyday products across a broad range of industries, including automotive, electronics, household, construction, healthcare, toys/sports/leisure, and packaging. In 2015, sales were at 5 billion euros. INEOS Styrolution employs approximately 3,100 people and operates 15 production sites in nine countries.

    ABOUT BRASKEM

    Braskem is the largest producer of thermoplastic resins in the Americas. With 36 industrial plants in Brazil, the United States and Germany, the company produces over 16,000 kiloton of thermoplastic resins and other petrochemicals per year. Braskem is the world's leading biopolymers producer with its 200 kiloton green polyethylene plant that produces polyethylene from sugarcane-based ethanol. In 2012, Braskem's net revenue was of R$ 35.5 billion and it employs 7.7 thousand people.