BASF/Solvay’s nylon business (M.8674) [Archived]
BASF/Solvay’s nylon business (M.8674) [Archived]

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  • BASF/Solvay’s nylon business (M.8674) [Archived]
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ARCHIVED–this archived case hub reflects the position at the date of the decision of 18 January 2019; it is no longer maintained.

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Case facts

Outline European Commission merger investigation into the proposed acquisition of Solvay’s nylon business by BASF (Case M.8674). The transaction involves overlaps in the nylon industry, including markets for the manufacture of nylon compounds and nylon fibres.

Latest developments On 18 January 2019, the Commission approved the transaction, subject to commitments.

Under the commitments, the parties agreed to divest a number of Solvay facilities, to create a production joint venture together with the buyer of these facilities and to enter into long-term supply agreements to meet the divested business’ requirements.

Parties BASF is a German-headquartered large diversified chemical company. BASF is active in a range of sectors, including chemicals, performance products, functional materials and solutions, agricultural solutions and oil & gas. It is active in the polyamide value chain, in particular in the production of Hexamethylene Diamine, Adipic Acid, adipate Salt, Base Polymers and Engineering Plastics.

Solvay is a Belgian-headquartered chemical company.

Solvay’s nylon business (its integrated polyam