PQ Corp. Acquires all of Akzo-PQ Silica
The APS business that PQ is acquiring includes operations that produce a variety of silica-based products, ranging from spray-dried silicate for making consumer detergent tablets to soluble silicates for numerous industrial applications. Included in the purchase are nine manufacturing operations located in Winschoten and Maastricht (the Netherlands), Oslo and Glomfjord (Norway), Karlstad (Sweden), Naantali (Finland), Dehnitz and Worms (Germany), and Vienna (Austria). Research and development facilities in Maastricht have also been acquired. All employees currently working for the joint venture (some 260 people) will transfer to PQ Corp.