Solvay Secures 100% Ownership of Rare Earths Joint Venture in Japan

Published on: 10 October 2022
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Solvay announced it has taken full ownership of its joint venture stake Solvay Special Chem Japan (SSCJ) by acquiring 33% of the minority shares from Santoku Corporation.

As the sole owner of this operation located in Anan, Japan, Solvay has advanced its capabilities in the production of Rare Earth specialities used for emissions control in automotive, semiconductor processing, and other emerging technologies, including solid oxide fuel cells.  

This transaction further strengthens Solvay's global plans to leverage its exceptional industrial and technical capabilities in Rare Earths chemistry to play a key role in mobility, connectivity and electrification. 

lham Kadri, Solvay CEO, said: 

"This transaction marks a logical step forward in our global plan to expand our leadership in Rare Earths specialities. It follows our recent announcement to invest in our La Rochelle, France operations to develop a major hub for Rare Earths magnets in Europe.

"We are very excited about our ability to strengthen our leadership in Rare Earths as it is directly aligned with Solvay’s ambition to bring more sustainable solutions to growing, attractive markets, including electric vehicles and electronics.” 

Source: Solvay

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