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Published: 2019-04-15 um 12:10 Uhr Options:   

Mol Group enters into recycled plastic compounding by acquiring Aurora Group

Mol Group, Budapest, Hungary, announced that it has signed a sales-purchase agreement to acquire Aurora, a recycled plastics compounder with production plants located nearby automotive manufacturing and plastics conversion clusters in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany.

Aurora is a medium-size German company, headquartered in Neuenstein, with a lean closed loop concept assuming collection of post-industrial plastic waste, regrinding and compounding, ultimately supplying the automotive industry and other industries. The company’s portfolio largely consists of engineering plastics and polypropylene recyclate-based compounds.

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With this investment, Mol intends to be able to offer a wide range of high-quality polyamide, polypropylene and other recyclate-based compounds, complementing its existing portfolio of virgin polypropylene and polyethylene. Leveraging on Aurora’s know how and loop logistic system, Mol will enable the customers to reach higher content of recycled material in their end products, in an efficient way.

Ferenc Horvath, Mol Group Executive Vice President of Downstream: „In line with our Mol 2030 strategy, we have reached yet another milestone on our transformational journey to become the leading chemical player in the CEE region. This partnership will enable us to grow and add value to our petrochemical business as well as to increase our footprint in the automotive supplier market. As an established polymer player, we plan to use the strength of our integrated business model, while keeping the flexibility of Aurora as an independent compounder. At the same time, Aurora’s operations profile complements our initiatives in the recycling sector and reaffirm our commitment to sustainability and circular economy.”

Gerhard Schweinle, founder and member of the Management Board of Aurora: „In Mol Group, we have found a partner with the same drive for sustainable development and innovation as we have in Aurora. We are confident that Mol is the ideal partner for our company to advance our ambitious goals with regard to sustainability and environmental protection even more intensively than before. As part of Mol Group, one of Europe's leading suppliers of polymers, Aurora will continue to expand its expertise in the processing of engineering plastics. Our extensive range of sustainably manufactured products and Mol's many years of experience will enable us to work more intensively to protect our raw material resources and relieve the burden on the environment. Together with Mol, we will continue Aurora's success story and accelerate our growth even further."

One of the cornerstones of Mol Group 2030 strategy is to expand the company’s petrochemicals value chain. As such, Mol plans to invest around USD 4.5 billion until the end of the next decade into petrochemical and chemical growth projects. Compounding and recycling are among the key areas defined in Mol’s 2030 Strategy and the automotive industry is a strategic sector, where both Mol and Aurora recognize a growing demand for recycled materials.

The transaction is subject to the relevant merger control approvals.

Aurora Group consists of Aurora Kunststoffe GmbH, Aurora Kunststoffe VS GmbH and Aurora Kunststoffe Wallduern GmbH.

About Mol Group
Mol Group is an integrated, international oil and gas company, headquartered in Budapest, Hungary. It is active in over 30 countries with a international workforce of 26,000 people and a track record of more than 100 years in the industry. Mol’s exploration and production activities are supported by more than 80 years’ experience in the hydrocarbon field and its diverse portfolio includes oil and gas presence in 13 countries, with production activity in 8 countries. Mol Group operates four refineries and two petrochemicals plants under integrated supply chain management in Hungary, Slovakia and Croatia, and owns a network of around 1,900 service stations across nine countries in Central & South-Eastern Europe. Mol Group is a supplier of polymer products such as polypropylene, low-density and high-density polyethylene with more than 1,000 kt annual sales.

About Aurora
Aurora Kunststoffe GmbH, founded in 2009, is a family-run, medium-sized company headquartered in Neuenstein (Germany) focusing on the production of high-quality technical plastic compounds. The company exclusively recycles single-variety industrial plastic residues, which are processed into plastic grinding materials, granulates and compounds in a resource- and environment-friendly process at its headquarters as well as at its two grinding centers in Walldürn and Villingen-Schwenningen. The product range includes materials such as polyamide PA 6, PA 6.6, PA 11, PA 12, POM, PP, PC and PC-ABS, which are supplied to customers in the automotive, furniture, electrical, construction and machine industries. The Aurora Lean Logistics concept consists of its own box concept for the collection of unmixed plastics, which gives Aurora extensive access to high-quality secondary raw materials. In the beginning of 2019, a new state-of-the-art compounding facility was completed in Neuenstein, doubling production capacity compared to the previous year up to 15,000 tons per year.

More information: www.aurora-kunststoffe.de, www.mol.hu

Aurora Group, Neuenstein, Germany + Mol Group, Budapest, Hungary


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