The business generates total revenues of around €130 million (2018). Polycarbonate sheets are highly break-resistant and are mostly used in industrial protection, construction systems or signage applications.
The decision was made as part of Covestro’s ongoing portfolio optimization process, which includes the divestment of all polycarbonate sheets businesses. The sale of the European outlets thus concludes the previous divestments of the respective facilities in North America and India in 2018, and the conversion of its production in Guangzhou, China, into a specialty films site.
After a thorough evaluation, Covestro has decided that the sheets business no longer fits in the strategy of its Polycarbonates segment in the long run. In the future, the segment will continue to focus on differentiated applications.
Covestro and Serafin have agreed not to disclose financial details of the transaction.
The completion of the transaction is subject to the approval of the relevant antitrust authorities. The closing is expected for the fourth quarter of 2019.