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DSM acquires full ownership of NPC PA6 polymer facility

Heerlen, NL, 07 Jan 2010 08:15 CET

Royal DSM N.V., the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company headquartered in the Netherlands, and Shaw Industries Group, Inc. announce today that DSM has acquired full control of the PA6 polymerization facility of Nylon Polymer Company LLC (NPC) in Augusta (Georgia, United States). Shaw Industries and DSM Chemicals North America were previously joint venture partners in NPC.

As a result of the transaction, which has been closed, NPC is fully integrated into DSM Engineering Plastics’ activities as of 1 January 2010. Financial details and terms of the transaction will not be disclosed.

For DSM Engineering Plastics the acquisition of the full ownership of the PA6 polymerization facility is an important step in its strategy to increase its geographical footprint, including expansion into South America. It also allows the company full integration in the PA6 chain, including caprolactam, polymer and compounded products, in North America, supporting its strong commitment to key customers in the Americas. Last year, DSM opened its first PA6 polymerization plant in China, making it the only company to produce the entire PA6 chain in China.

Koen Devits, President of DSM Engineering Plastics Americas, says: "This acquisition represents a major expansion of our polymerization capabilities in the Americas. It helps us to fully exploit our strong backward integration at the Augusta site, where DSM also produces caprolactam, a key raw material for Akulon®. The acquisition is also needed to support the additional sales opportunities we have generated, especially in the automotive, furniture and packaging industries, and it illustrates DSM’s strong commitment to the Americas market."

Richard Pieters, Global Business Director Akulon PA6, comments: “We are very excited about this acquisition as it will further reinforce our commitment to global customers who want local supply and global support. North America will remain a key specification and innovation area for DSM Engineering Plastics.”

Akulon Polyamide 6 (PA6) is a thermoplastic with outstanding mechanical properties over a wide temperature range used in various everyday applications such as automotive, luggage, sports, electronics, packaging films, lighting and furniture. Caprolactam, produced by DSM Fibre Intermediates, is the raw material for PA6, which gives DSM a unique position as an integrated producer of the material. As a replacement of metal in various applications, Akulon PA6 can offer weight reduction to for instance the automotive industry, resulting in lower CO2 emissions.

About Shaw Industries

Shaw Industries Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., is the world's largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floor covering provider with more than USD 5 billion in annual sales and approximately 26,000 associates. Headquartered in Dalton, Ga., the company manufactures and distributes carpeting, rugs, hardwood, laminate and ceramic tile for residential and commercial applications worldwide. A recognized leader in environmental stewardship, Shaw has implemented hundreds of sustainability initiatives and cradle-to-cradle design solutions, collectively termed the Shaw Green Edge. For more information, visit www.shawfloors.com.

DSM Engineering Plastics

DSM Engineering Plastics is one of the world's leading suppliers of quality engineering thermoplastics providing customer value through sustainable solutions that reflect the DSM People, Planet and Profit strategy. DSM Engineering Plastics delivers innovative opportunities for customers who design or produce electrical applications, electronic equipment, cars, barrier packaging films as well as many mechanical and extrusion applications. These markets are served with a broad portfolio of high-performance materials including Akulon 6 and 66 polyamides, Arnitel® TPC, Arnite® PBT and PET polyesters, Yparex® extrudable adhesive resins, and Stanyl® high heat 46 polyamides. Most recently, DSM Engineering Plastics introduced the first new polymer of the 21st century: Stanyl ForTii™. DSM Engineering Plastics had sales in 2008 of EUR 761 million with 1500 employees worldwide.