December 7, 2012

ALTANA acquires the business of the wax additive manufacturer ChemCor, USA

The specialty chemicals group ALTANA has signed a contract to acquire the business of Chemical Corporation of America Inc. (ChemCor), a U.S. manufacturer of specialty wax additives. The family business headquartered in Chester in the state of New York generates yearly sales of around 17 million USD. By way of an asset deal, ALTANA will acquire the production site in Chester, NY together with the staff employed there. The business will be integrated into BYK USA Inc., which is based in Wallingford, Connecticut and belongs to the ALTANA Additives & Instruments division.

ChemCor produces water-based wax products and specialty additives for a wide range of industries including floor finishes, exterior paint and deck stains, graphic arts coatings and inks as well as mold release products.

“In acquiring ChemCor, ALTANA is continuing its growth strategy in the USA,” CEO of ALTANA AG, Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber, emphasizes. “ChemCor is an ideal complement to our position in the wax additives business, which was previously occupied, especially in Europe, by BYK-Cera and has now been significantly strengthened beyond the region. Strategically we are very well placed to offer our wax additive customers a high level of innovative strength and service.”

Dr. Christoph Schlünken, President Division BYK Additives & Instruments, is of the view: “The product portfolio of ChemCor does not just open up the American market in the area of wax additives alone; for BYK, new market segments, such as wax additives for industrial applications, also become accessible. What’s more, the ChemCor site in Chester can also continue to grow through our know-how and our customer base locally.”