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Süd-Chemie:

has acquired WD-Giesserei-Technik GmbH based in Fuldabrück near Kassel

The parties have agreed not to release information about the purchase price. WD-Giesserei-Technik manufactures cores used by foundries to form shapes in moulds. The main market is the automobile industry and its subsuppliers. Süd-Chemie will be integrating WD-Giesserei-Technik after close cooperation for many years in its Business Unit Foundry Products and Specialty Resins. All 70 employees will be retained.

With its comprehensive product range - foundry betonite, resins, coatings and feeders - Süd-Chemie occupies a leading position in the European foundry market. By expanding its product portfolio of foundry chemicals, Süd-Chemie is boosting its competence in service and innovation.

Süd-Chemie is an independent specialty chemical company headquartered in Munich and operating on a worldwide scale. Key markets served by its Adsorbents Division include the consumer-goods, packaging and foundry industries, as well as the paper and plastics industries. Products manufactured by the Catalysts Division offer solutions for water treatment, petrochemicals processing, energy storage and hydrogen production, as well as off-gas purification. The common denominator of all its products and innovations is the efficient and sparing use of natural resources to enhance the quality of life for humans and the environment. Sales of €862 million were generated in 2004, almost 80% of these outside Germany. Süd-Chemie employs more than 5,100 people at its 62 sales and production sites around the world.

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