Imerys will purchase the global PHK business including a production site for milling in Wilkinson County, GA. Overall, 190 positions will be affected globally.
In step with BASF’s strategy to actively manage its portfolio, this divestiture allows the kaolin business to focus on its leading position in the industrial segments. In addition, BASF will continue producing kaolin for process catalysts.
“We are taking an important step to improve the competitiveness of our kaolin business and further sharpen our focus on growth and core businesses,” said Dr. Shane Porzio, VP, global business management of Kaolin for BASF. “We will work closely with Imerys to ensure a smooth transition for customers.”
BASF will toll for Imerys and provide other services during a short transition period to ensure continuity of supply for customers.