Umicore completes sale of zinc units to U.S. private equity firm

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LONDON Nov 28 Belgian specialty materials group
Umicore has completed the sale of its zinc units to
U.S. based private equity firm OpenGate Capital for $150
million.

Umicore, with over 10 billion euros ($10.6 billion) in
turnover, first announced the sale of its zinc chemicals
business in 2015 to focus on clean mobility and recycling amid a
drop in earnings.

The zinc business, which was sold in a debt and equity
transaction, generates more than 400 million euros in revenue a
year and produces fine zinc powders for industrial coatings and
zinc for batteries. It was renamed EverZinc by OpenGate Capital.

The U.S. private equity firm has recently bought Italian PVC
films manufacturer Alfatherm and is looking to increase
investment in the nano-zinc oxide sector, OpenGate chief
executive Andrew Nikou told Reuters.

Zinc oxide is used in…

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