AkzoNobel has finalized the acquisition of BASF’s global Industrial Coatings business, which supplies a range of products for industries including construction, domestic appliances, wind energy and commercial transport. This, AkzoNobel says, strengthens its position as the global number one supplier in coil coatings. The transaction includes relevant technologies, patents and trademarks, as well as two manufacturing plants in the UK and South Africa. Approximately 400 employees from BASF’s Industrial Coatings business join AkzoNobel. Completing this transaction also positions AkzoNobel as a full service coatings provider for the protection and maintenance of wind turbines. The transaction is based on a deal value of €475-million, with BASF’s Industrial Coatings business generating revenue close to €300-million in 2015. During the next two years, a portion of the BASF production volume will be transferred to existing nearby AkzoNobel manufacturing facilities. The full profitability of the acquisition is to be realized by the end of 2018, in line with the stated financial guidance from AkzoNobel for its existing Performance Coatings business. “We are pleased to welcome our new colleagues to AkzoNobel,” said Conrad Keijzer, the company’s executive committee member responsible for Performance Coatings. “This business is an excellent strategic fit and will strengthen our leading market positions, particularly in the coil, protective and wood coatings sectors in Europe. We will be able to offer new products and maintenance solutions – such as protective coatings for wind turbine blades ­– and service a broader customer base to drive growth.” www.akzonobel.com