Kolb Distribution, wholly owned subsidiary of Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK), completed the acquisition of Elementis Specialties Netherlands (ESN), located in Delden, the Netherlands. As of Feb. 28, 2018, ESN is wholly owned by Kolb and renamed to KLK Kolb Specialties. The new business manufactures surfactants and further specialties and will expand the existing Kolb business portfolio in terms of product range and market coverage. The use of the Delden site as another hub for KLK’s market penetration strategy will further accelerate growth in the group’s downstream chemical specialties business in Europe. CHEManager asked Anja Vonderhagen, Kolb’s executive business director, about the reasons for the acquisition of ESN and its further strategy.
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