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PPG has engaged Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC as financial advisor to assist in a review of strategic alternatives for its silica products business.
PPG’s silica products business, which operates within the company’s speciality coatings and materials strategic business unit, manufactures and supplies precipitated silica products to major manufacturers around the world as performance-enhancing additives. In 2023, the silica products business represented between 1-2% of PPG’s total net sales.
PPG Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Tim Knavish (pictured), said, “We are exploring strategic alternatives for our silica products business to maximise its value for our shareholders and to ensure its continued success. The business has a well-established position in a growing market, proven innovation, leading proprietary products, and dedicated and talented employees. Throughout our long history in silicas, our employees have consistently led the business forward, partnering with our customers to meet their evolving needs. However, given the businesses distinct product portfolio, customer base and operating characteristics, we believe that it may be better suited to operate as a core business within another company or as a standalone entity. Throughout this process, we will continue to fully support the business and we remain committed to providing our silicas customers with high-quality products and services.
“As we have done consistently, we will continue our ongoing strategic assessment of all our businesses, ensuring each business continually delivers increased value for our customers and shareholders, and fits the growth and investment strategies for the company,” said Knavish.
PPG expects to complete the review of strategic alternatives by mid-2024. There is no assurance that the review will result in any transaction or other outcome. PPG does not intend to disclose developments or provide updates on the progress or status of the review unless and until it deems further disclosure is appropriate or required.
The silica products business is led by about 350 employees and manufactures products through dedicated facilities in Lake Charles, Louisiana and Delfzijl, The Netherlands. In addition, there is small batch processing at a portion of a PPG facility in Barberton, Ohio and part of a PPG facility in Monroeville, Pennsylvania that includes a laboratory, pilot plant, and the leadership and administrative team offices for the business. Key end-uses include tire, industrial and silicone rubber applications; microporous fillers for battery separators; free-flow and carrier agents for food, animal feed, and agricultural and industrial chemicals; and flatting, thickening and anti-corrosion additives for paints and coatings.
PPG has been a pioneer in the development and manufacturing of silicas since the 1930s. PPG has established one of the industry’s broadest and most trusted portfolios of precipitated silica products. This includes the well-known PPG HI-SIL® line, and the more recent line of PPG AGILON®performance silica products, which is a breakthrough technology that enables industrial rubber and tire makers to enhance rubber performance, simplify their manufacturing processes, and promote a healthier environment. That legacy of leadership and innovation continues today and is driven forward by collaborative relationships with customers in numerous industries, including many partnerships that have thrived for decades.