HOUSTON — Westlake Chemical Corp. has completed the acquisition of Hexion Inc.’s global epoxy business for approximately $1.2 billion in an all-cash transaction. Based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, the epoxy business, which will be branded as Westlake Epoxy, is an industry leader in the manufacture and development of specialty resins, coatings and composites for a variety of industries, including high-growth and sustainability-oriented end uses such as wind turbine blades and lightweight automotive structural components.
“With this transaction, Westlake will significantly expand its integrated business by adding a leading downstream portfolio of coatings and composite products,” said Westlake President and Chief Executive Officer Albert Chao. “Lightweighting is a critical feature for the manufacture of structural components for automobiles and for renewable energy, particularly the composite blades used by wind turbines, and epoxies are key ingredients for these sustainable products. The industries served by Westlake Epoxy are very attractive and the business is expected to be a synergistic addition to Westlake’s existing businesses. We welcome the epoxy employees to the Westlake family and look forward to realizing the tremendous opportunities to grow the combined businesses.”
Westlake Epoxy is a leading producer of epoxy resins, modifiers and curing agents for high-performance materials, coatings and composites. The fully integrated business includes upstream base epoxy resins and intermediates delivered as liquid or solid epoxy resins, as well downstream specialty epoxy resins used in coatings and composites. Westlake Epoxy serves numerous industries, including adhesives, aerospace, automotive, civil engineering and construction, composite and wind energy, electronics, electrical laminates, and marine and protective coatings.