Yip’s Chemical in $340m deal for solvents business


Petrochemical specialist Yip’s Chemical Holdings Limited (Yip’s Chemical) has announced that it will sell a majority stake in its subsidiary Handsome Chemical (Handsome) to investment firm PAG.

Revealed today (26th July), the HK$2,688m (US$340m) deal will see Yip’s Chemical selling a 51% effective interest in its subsidiary, which is the world’s largest acetate solvents manufacturer. 

In a drive to develop the upstream raw material market for solvents, Handsome will harness the new partnership to increase the capacity of acetic acid production by constructing an acetic acid plant with an annual production capacity of 600,000 tonnes. 

Located in Jingmen Chemical Recycling Industrial Park (Jingmen Park), Hubei Province, China, the US$257m plant will ensure supply of raw materials for Handsome. 

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