BASF SE and INEOS Industries Holdings Limited have signed a joint venture contract, which regulates the formation of the joint venture company Styrolution. The establishment of the joint venture is subject to approval by the appropriate antitrust authorities. BASF and INEOS plan to combine their global business activities in styrene monomers (SM), polystyrene (PS), acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), styrene-butadiene block copolymers (SBC) and other styrene-based copolymers (SAN, AMSAN, ASA, MABS) as well as copolymer blends into the new joint venture called Styrolution.
The business with expandable polystyrene is not part of the transaction. BASF and INEOS will retain their respective businesses. The company headquarters will be located in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. In the joint venture 50 percent of the shares will be owned by BASF and 50 percent by INEOS. BASF will receive cash consideration following the completion of the transaction.