Kuraray gains global presence in activated carbon and filtration
- Calgon Carbon to operate as a separate subsidiary of Kuraray
TOKYO & PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kuraray Co., Ltd. (TYO: 3405) (“Kuraray”) announced it has completed its
acquisition of Calgon Carbon Corporation (“Calgon Carbon”).
As a separate subsidiary, Calgon Carbon will be reported as part of the
Functional Materials Company of Kuraray, along with Kuraray’s Carbon
Material Business Division. The Functional Materials Company includes
the Methacrylate Division and Medical Division.
Randy Dearth, Calgon Carbon’s President and CEO, said of the completion
of the merger: “This is an exciting beginning. For over 75 years, Calgon
Carbon’s products, technologies, and commitment to our customers were
the driving force of our business. And now, when combined with the
support of Kuraray, there is no limit to what we can achieve.” Mr.
Dearth and other members of the Calgon Carbon executive management team
will continue in their roles after the closing of the transaction.
Masaaki Ito, Kuraray’s Representative Director and President said,
“Today, Kuraray takes its carbon materials business farther than ever
before with the addition of a global focus on activated carbon,
activated carbon services, and filtration media. We are delighted to
have the Calgon Carbon team joining Kuraray. We believe that this
complementary combination will enable significant synergies and growth
opportunities, and we aim to further expand the business as one of our
future core businesses.”
Kuraray and Calgon Carbon have complementary products and services, and
the combined organization will continue to focus on the highest quality
activated carbon and filtration media products, equipment, and services.
The combination will strengthen Kuraray’s focus on contributing to human
health and the sustainability of the environment through innovative and
high quality products around the world.
About Calgon Carbon Corporation
Calgon Carbon, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kuraray Co., Ltd. (TYO:
3405) (Kuraray), is a global leader in the manufacture and / or
distribution of innovative coal-, wood- and coconut-based activated
carbon products – in granular, powdered, pelletized and cloth form – to
meet the most challenging purification demands of customers throughout
the world. Complemented by world-class activated carbon and ultraviolet
(UV) light purification and disinfection equipment systems and service
capabilities, as well as diatomaceous earth and perlites, Calgon Carbon
provides purification solutions for more than 700 distinct applications,
including drinking water, wastewater, pollution abatement, and a variety
of industrial and commercial manufacturing processes.
Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Calgon Carbon employs
approximately 1,300 people and operates 20 manufacturing, reactivation,
innovation and equipment fabrication facilities in the U.S., Asia, and
in Europe, where Calgon Carbon is known as Chemviron.
Calgon Carbon was acquired by Kuraray in March of 2018. With
complementary products and services, the combined organization will
continue to focus on providing the highest quality and most innovative
activated carbon and filtration media products, equipment, and services
to meet customer needs anywhere in the world. For more information,
Kuraray was established in 1926. In 1950, the company achieved a
corporate milestone as the first in the world to bring polyvinyl alcohol
synthetic fiber to market. In subsequent years, Kuraray used its
proprietary technology in the area of polymer chemistry and synthetic
chemistry to develop resins, chemicals, fibers and textiles.
As a pioneer of Vinyl Acetate related business, Kuraray has a global
presence in the business area of PVA (polyvinyl alcohol) resin, PVB
(polyvinyl butyral) resin and film, PVA film that is used for LCD and
detergent unit packing, EVOH (ethylene vinyl alcohol) resin (trademarked
as EVAL) used for food packaging and gasoline tanks, and PVA
fiber (vinylon) that is used for a substitute of asbestos and a
reinforcing material of cement. Kuraray has overseas subsidiaries in 28
countries and regions outside Japan, as a global specialty chemical
company. For more information, visit www.kuraray.com.
Calgon Carbon Corporation
Amanda Lofty, 724-541-2658
Manager – Global Communications