Lanxess has agreed to acquire the Material Protection business of Switzerland’s Syngenta. As a result, the German specialty chemicals company will become one of the leading suppliers of biocides for construction materials. The transaction is expected to close in April 2011. Lanxess will gain access to a broad range of fungicidal and insecticidal active ingredients as well as application technologies used to protect construction materials such as wood, wallboards and coatings from being discolored and damaged.
Syngenta’s Material Protection business had sales of approximately €19 million in 2010. Roughly 90 percent of sales are generated in Europe and North America. Lanxess will acquire the intellectual property, customer lists, supply contracts and registrations for the Syngenta products.
The acquisition is also the starting point for a long-term strategic partnership between both companies. Lanxess will gain access to active ingredients and technologies developed by Syngenta in the future, for use in material protection.
The Material Protection Products (MPP) business not only offers products for the preservation of construction materials but also active ingredients for disinfectants and stabilizers for non-alcoholic beverages and wine. MPP has production sites in Krefeld-Uerdingen and Dormagen (Germany), Wuxi (China) as well as Madurai (India). The business, headed by Torsten Derr, has annual sales of less than €200 million.
In 2010, Lanxess’ fine chemicals division Saltigo agreed on a long-term cooperation with Syngenta, one of the world’s leading agrochemical companies. The Basel-based company is investing roughly €50 million in expanding several Saltigo facilities in Leverkusen to significantly enhance its capacity for synthesizing active ingredients for crop protection agents. Saltigo produces the active ingredients and intermediates at these facilities exclusively for Syngenta and is one of the Swiss company’s strategic partners throughout the world.