Kuraray Group Announces its Purchase of Trosifol

Rütgers AG, based in Essen, Germany, has signed an agreement with the German Kuraray Specialties Europe GmbH (KSE) based in Frankfurt, Germany, for the sale of its Trosifol activities, a part of HT Troplast AG, of Troisdorf, Germany. KSE, a subsidiary of the Osaka, Japan-based Kuraray Co. Ltd., is a producer of polyvinyl alcohols, one of the initial products for manufacturing polyvinyl butyral resins such as Trosifol PVB film.

According to a Kuraray news release, the companies have agreed to remain silent over the purchase price. The sale is still subject to approval but will likely be finalized at the end of 2004. In addition, the company says that rather than restructuring its acquisition, it is intending to strengthen and expand production in the existing plants in Troisdorf and Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

"HT Troplast AG's Trosifol business is an outstanding investment for us, enabling us to extend our value-added chain," said Gerd Lepper, president of Kuraray Specialties Europe. "We want to expand this business in the long term, and the good, longstanding relations between our companies will be very useful in this."

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