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SK Global Chemical Completes
Buy Out of Functional
Polyolefin Biz from Arkema...
South Korea's SK Global Chemical Co.
has completed acquisition of functional
polyolefin business from French chemical
firm Arkema S.A., gaining traction for
its growth vision through high valueadded products. The completion of
the acquisition comes after the Korean
chemical company announced in
October last year that it was buying
the functional polyolefin business from
Arkema at 335 million euros ($375.9
million). The functionalized polyolefins are
thermoplastic materials used in various
applications ranging from packaging
films to impact modifiers for engineering
plastics in automobiles and electronics.
With the acquisition, SK Global Chemical
now owns four products - ethylene acrylic
copolymer, EA Terpolymer, ethylene vinyl
acetate copolymer and maleic anhydride
grafted (MAH-g) polymer - along with

related production technology, trademarks and human resources, plus three production
plants in France. While the global packaging market is estimated to grow by over 6%
every year, the plastic polymer market where the Korean chemical company's newly
acquired business belongs is projected to reach $35 billion next year from $27 billion in
2016, according to SK Global Chemical. Source: Pulse News, 6/4/2020.
Egypt - Petroleum Ministry Debuts 11 Petrochemical Projects
Worth $19bn...
The Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources is currently studying and
implementing 11 new petrochemicals production projects, worth a total investment
cost estimated at about $19bn. In statements by Minister of Petroleum and Mineral
Resources, Tarek El Molla, he added that these include two giant refining and
petrochemical complexes located in the Suez Canal Economic Zone and New Alamein
City. He noted that updates to the petrochemical industry's national plan have been
completed, alongside the setting of its new development strategy during the period
between 2020 and 2035. El Molla emphasized the ministry has created an ambitious
programme to expand Egypt's petrochemical industries with a special focus on
projects that achieve the highest added value from natural resources. El Molla noted
that the ministry's strategy is looking for a continued increase in the added value of
petrochemical projects in Egypt. They are also looking to supply the local market needs
of intermediate and final petrochemical products, which are major production inputs
for many industries. This is in addition to the ministry looking to cut the amount of
imported goods, whilst opening up new opportunities for exports from Egypt.  Source:
MENAFN, 5/30/2020.

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