CHEMICAL MANAGEMENT, PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGIES
CF Industries | March 20, 2023
CF Industries Holdings, Inc. a leading global manufacturer of hydrogen and nitrogen products, announced that it has signed a definitive purchase agreement with Incitec Pivot Limited (ASX: IPL) for IPL’s ammonia production complex located in Waggaman, Louisiana. The facility has a nameplate capacity of 880,000 tons(1) of ammonia annually.
Under the terms of the agreement, CF Industries will purchase the Waggaman ammonia plant and related assets for $1.675 billion. The companies will allocate approximately $425 million of the purchase price to a long-term ammonia offtake agreement under which CF Industries will supply up to 200,000 tons of ammonia per year to IPL’s Dyno Nobel subsidiary. CF Industries expects to fund the remaining $1.25 billion of the purchase price with cash on hand.
“We are pleased to reach this agreement with Incitec Pivot Limited that benefits from our industry-leading ammonia production capabilities, deploys our capital efficiently and provides long-term value for both companies’ shareholders,” said Tony Will, president and chief executive officer, CF Industries Holdings, Inc. “We believe the Waggaman facility will fit seamlessly into our network, as well as our strategic focus on ammonia as a clean energy source, given its proximity and pipeline connection to our Donaldsonville, Louisiana, Complex, its distribution and logistics flexibility, and its favorable characteristics for the addition of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies to enable low-carbon ammonia production.”
Ammonia produced at the Waggaman facility today is distributed ratably to three customers, including Dyno Nobel, with approximately 75% used in industrial applications. Based on the nature of the medium- to long-term offtake agreements in place with these customers, CF Industries estimates that the plant will generate gross margin per ton commensurate with its existing ammonia segment prior to synergies, which the Company expects to capture through greater capacity utilization and operational and logistics optimization. Over the last five years, CF Industries’ operational capabilities have resulted in ammonia asset utilization that is approximately 10% higher than the average utilization rate of the Company’s North American peers.
Additionally, CF Industries anticipates implementing CCS at the site on an accelerated timeline, increasing its network’s low-carbon ammonia production capability, supporting Louisiana’s and the country’s climate goals, and earning 45Q tax credits for sequestered carbon dioxide.
The transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies and is subject to receipt of certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.
Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC is serving as the financial advisor to CF Industries on the transaction. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is acting as its legal advisor.
Product volumes in press release are expressed in short tons
About the Waggaman Ammonia Production Complex
The Waggaman, Louisiana, ammonia production complex is situated on an integrated chemicals complex owned by Cornerstone Chemical Company.
Commissioned October 2016
Nameplate capacity: 880,000 tons of ammonia per year
Approximately 90 employees
38,500-ton ammonia storage tank onsite
Ability to load and transport ammonia by NuStar Pipeline, barge, truck and rail
Located in Jefferson Parish on the Mississippi River with potential for vessel loading capabilities for low-carbon ammonia exports
Site is 60 miles southeast of CF Industries’ Donaldsonville Complex, facilitating resource and best practice sharing between the complexes
About CF Industries Holdings, Inc.
At CF Industries, our mission is to provide clean energy to feed and fuel the world sustainably. With our employees focused on safe and reliable operations, environmental stewardship, and disciplined capital and corporate management, we are on a path to decarbonize our ammonia production network – the world’s largest – to enable green and blue hydrogen and nitrogen products for energy, fertilizer, emissions abatement and other industrial activities. Our manufacturing complexes in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, an unparalleled storage, transportation and distribution network in North America, and logistics capabilities enabling a global reach underpin our strategy to leverage our unique capabilities to accelerate the world’s transition to clean energy. CF Industries routinely posts investor announcements and additional information on the Company’s website at www.cfindustries.com and encourages those interested in the Company to check there frequently.
CHEMICAL MANAGEMENT, PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGIES
M. HOLLAND | March 17, 2023
M. Holland Company, a leading international distributor of thermoplastic resins and ancillary materials, today announced a new partnership with Lavergne, a global manufacturer specializing in the formulation of customized compounded engineered resins, to distribute post-consumer recycled (PCR) resins. This partnership will allow M. Holland’s clients to access Lavergne’s certified PCR resins with increased supply chain security and pricing stability.
“Sustainability is a primary focus for the plastics industry, and the demand for PCR resins has accelerated in recent years,” said Samantha Stone, Global Sourcing Leader, Sustainability, at M. Holland. “Lavergne produces superior, renewed thermoplastic resins that we’re proud to offer our customers. Our partnership with Lavergne will help meet the demand for PCR resins for our clients in North America, where there is currently no viable solution. M. Holland’s customers should also benefit from more stable pricing because Lavergne’s portfolio is 100% recycled plastics and does not depend on shifting petroleum prices.”
PCR resins are a growing product segment that complements traditional petroleum-based resins. There is burgeoning demand for PCR resins to meet the needs of brand owners and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), many of whom have set aggressive sustainability goals. Demand is growing across several durable goods segments, including automotive, consumer electronics, home appliances, and office furniture and supplies. M. Holland’s customers can be confident in the quality of resins produced by Lavergne, which has 35 years of experience in the plastics industry.
“With a shared vision for sustainability, establishing a partnership with M. Holland was an easy decision,” said Benoit Bessette, Vice President, Strategy and Planning, at Lavergne. “We look forward to working with M. Holland and educating the market on the necessary transition to PCR resins by supplying trusted and cost-effective, sustainable materials, while drastically reducing their carbon footprint.”
Lavergne is an industry leader in the advancement of engineered thermoplastics focusing on designing, developing and manufacturing high-value sustainable resins using 100% PCR plastics. It has manufacturing sites in Montreal, Belgium, Vietnam and Haiti, providing supply chain security, high-quality certified materials and stable pricing for M. Holland’s customers.
ABOUT M. HOLLAND
M. Holland is a leading international distributor of thermoplastic resins, providing suppliers with the most strategic channels to market, offering clients innovative sourcing and supply chain solutions, delivering materials that empower sustainable innovation, and helping people lead rewarding careers. Since 1950, a deep commitment to personal relationships and innovation has formed the core of the company’s heritage, culture and vision. Headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois, M. Holland has over $1.5 billion in annual sales, partners with more than 4,000 customers annually, and serves over 70 countries across North America, LATAM, EMEA and Asia. M. Holland has offices located in the U.S., Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Netherlands.
CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY, CHEMICAL MANAGEMENT
Ingevity | March 15, 2023
On March 14, 2023, Ingevity Corporation announced that it will participate at the European Coatings Show 2023 in Nuremberg, Germany, to showcase its Capa® caprolactone high-performance polyol technology as well as the company's expanded vegetable oil-based products that can be used to improve coating formulations.
The engineered polymers team at Ingevity will display the versatility of Capa polyols for both waterborne and high-solid coating applications. Amanda Tosh, who works at Ingevity as a coatings application manager, will present a study about the benefits of using polycaprolactone-based polyols in 2K polyurethane coatings. The study oversees how Capa polyols can be used to make more durable and sustainable coatings for longer.
Steve Hulme, Senior Vice President, Performance Chemicals and President, Engineered Polymers at Ingevity, said, "The versatility and durability of Capa polyols make them an ideal choice for a number of high-performance polyurethane coating applications." He also mentioned, "We look forward to discussing the benefits of Capa, including showcasing the sustainability benefits of our biodegradable Capa thermoplastic product range, and its application for the paper coatings industry."
(Source – Business Wire)
The industrial specialties team at Ingevity will display its vegetable oil-based products, such as the recently launched low-color vegetable oil-based fatty acid, AltaVeg FA 120, that is suitable for use in coatings and other applications.
"We are excited to launch our low-color AltaVeg FA 120," said Rich White, Senior Vice President, Performance Chemicals and President of Industrial Specialties and Pavement Technologies at Ingevity. "Ingevity's ability to offer vegetable oil-based fatty acid products provides additional options for customers needing stronger, more durable alkyd coatings that maintain high gloss."
(Source – Business Wire)
Headquartered in North Charleston, South Carolina, Ingevity is a leading provider of products and technologies that protect, purify, and enhance the world. With the help of a team of experienced and intelligent people, the company develops, manufactures, and provides solutions that assist customers in solving challenging problems and making the world a better place to live.
Ingevity operates in two reporting segments: Performance Chemicals which includes engineered polymers and specialty chemicals, and Performance Materials, which includes high-performance activated carbon. These products are used in a wide range of demanding applications, such as adhesives, asphalt paving, elastomers, bioplastics, agrochemicals, coatings, publication inks, lubricants, pavement markings, oil exploration and production.