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DIC Corp Completes Acquisition of BASF Colors & Effects

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This acquisition will expand Sun Chemical's portfolio, which comprises effect pigments, inorganic pigments, organic pigments, specialty dyes and pigment preparations.


DIC Corporation has finalized the acquisition of BASF Colors & Effects (BCE). The acquisition brings together the portfolio of technologies, products, manufacturing assets, supply chain and customer service of the two companies to serve customers globally.

Previously: DIC Corporation Acquires BASF Colors & Effects

The purchase will broaden the portfolio of Sun Chemical, a subsidiary of DIC, as a global manufacturer of pigments, including those for electronic displays, cosmetics, coatings, inks, plastics and specialty applications.

With more than 30 pigment production facilities worldwide between DIC and BCE, the pigment portfolio will offer broader product categories related to effect pigments, inorganic pigments, organic pigments, specialty dyes and pigment preparations.

According to Alexander Haunschild, Ph.D., senior vice president and managing director at BASF’s pigment-focused subsidiary BASF Colors & Effects, the agreement will help continue the growth path that started in 2016: “The investments of DIC prove its commitment to innovation and interest in the longer term success of the business. We’re excited to see BCE continue down a path of growth and success.”

“We’re excited to close our acquisition of BCE and expand our product offering as one of the leading pigment suppliers globally,” said Kaoru Ino, president and chief executive officer of DIC. “BASF’s pigments portfolio is an important strategic addition in expeditiously meeting the goals we’ve outlined, which provide a clear growth path for DIC with the target to increase our sales to 1 trillion yen (approximately €8 billion) by 2025.”

“We’re pleased to welcome the valued and trusted expertise and engagement of BASF’s employees in the pigments business,” said Myron Petruch, DIC executive officer, and president and CEO of Sun Chemical. “This deal allows us to compete in the global marketplace more effectively going forward while strengthening our pigment footprint in Europe. It underscores our commitment to delivering solutions tailored to meet the needs of our customers.”

“BCE is a strategic partner who aims for high growth and high added value by expanding functional pigments into niche applications," said Yoshinari Akiyama, DIC managing executive officer and general manager of the color material products division. "Due to the complementary regional footprint and product portfolio, the acquisition of BCE is ideal for the DIC pigments business. Closing this deal enables us to combine the technological capabilities of both companies so we continue to create new value and provide it to the market as the leading company in the pigment business.”

“This deal combines the complementary resources and expertise of two recognized leaders in innovation, product stewardship, regulatory leadership, application support and manufacturing,” said Mehran Yazdani, president, performance pigments and advanced materials of Sun Chemical. “We’re looking forward to offering our customers the absolute best support and continued innovation in the pigments space.”

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