Clariant, manufacturer of pigments, additives and masterbatches among other specialty chemicals, has acquired XL Performance Chemicals (USA) from Fibro Chem LLC and its affiliates. The acquisition comes three months after embarking on an exclusive strategic alliance to serve the US$2-billion-plus worldwide foam-control market with the company. The acquisition unites Clariant's extensive network of sales, technical service and support with XL Performance Chemicals' proven know-how and family of technologies for more than 100 different foam-control products in end-use markets where Clariant already has a substantial global presence: metal-working, paints and coatings, mining, oil services, crop protection, construction, textile and paper.
Manufacturing will continue to be centered in the U.S. at a facility in Greenville, S.C. operated under a toll agreement, with the potential for Clariant to transfer manufacturing to its own strategically located plants elsewhere in the world as market penetration and growth increases. Foam Control products, defoamers and anti-foam agents, are designed to eliminate or manage trapped air, bubbles and the resulting foam that can cause a variety of manufacturing, process and, product performance problems.