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December 13 2018, David R Brown

Rehau completes acquisition of commodity polymer supplier MB Barter & Trading

Rehau Verwaltungszentrale AG, the holding company of plastics processor Rehau GmbH (Muri, Switzerland), has completed the acquisition of MB Barter & Trading AG ('MBT Group' or 'MBT') based in Steinhausen, Switzerland and its worldwide subsidiaries, following approval by the relevant competion authorities.

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Rehau GmbH and its subsidiaries will gradually merge their businesses with the acquired MBT companies and a joint market launch under a new name is planned for the first half of 2019. The new business is expected to have sales volumes of around USD 2.5 billion. The vertical integration combines REHAU's decades of experience in materials, processes and applications with MB Barter & Trading's expertise in the trading and distribution of polyolefins, PET, PVC, styrenics, rubbers and masterbatches.

The new joint company will be led by a three person Executive Team, with Dr. Stefan Girschik as CEO, Philipp Endres as Deputy CEO and Marco Zahnd as CFO. The Board of Directors will have Jobst Wagner (currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of REHAU Group) and Thomas Endres (currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of MBT) as members.

About MB Barter & Trading AG
Established in 1982, MB Barter & Trading AG (MBT) is a global, Swiss, family-owned company for high-quality commodity polymers, PET and rubber with 30 offices worldwide employing more than 250 people. MBT maintains a service culture guided by trust, reliability and integrity, and puts high emphasis on building long-term and sustainable relationships with customers and suppliers. In recent years the company has adopted a vertical diversification strategy investing in downstream production lines including MBT PolyTapes GmbH and Re-Pack Folien GmbH – both manufacturers of high quality PE-based protective films.

Source(s): Rehau Group Press Release

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