Mitsubishi Chemical To Bolster Technology Platform Through Acquisition Of American Organic And Inorganic Hybrid Chemicals Manufacturer Gelest From New Mountain Capital

TOKYO/NEW YORK/MORRISVILLE, Pa. —April 30, 2020 — Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (MCC) announced today that its subsidiary Mitsubishi Chemical America Inc. (MCA) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Gelest Intermediate Holdings Inc., the parent of Gelest Inc. and a portfolio company of New Mountain Capital LLC. (NMC). Completion of the transaction is expected in 2020, pending customary regulatory review and approval.

Gelest is a n American innovator, manufacturer , and supplier of silicones, organosilanes, metal organics, and specialty monomers for advanced technology end markets including medical devices, life sciences, microelectronics, and personal care. Gelest helps customers succeed by assisting them to develop and supply the chemistry to solve their most challenging materials science problems and enable their new product technology.

“We are excited to acquire Gelest as its business fits well within MCC’s long term strategy,” said Steve Yurich, president of MCA . “Since becoming familiar with Gelest, we have recognized the tremendous capabilities in research and development and production that help create its outstanding position with key customers. Furthermore, MCC’s operating resources and customer network will enhance the ability to bring Gelest’s technologies to market and accelerate the development of new customer solutions to drive advances in digital social infrastructure, vision care, and other life sciences applications. We look forward to working alongside the team at Gelest to drive the continued growth of the company.”

“We are extremely proud of the efforts of everyone who has contributed to make Gelest the company that it is today with world class technology and supply capabilities , made possible by the industry leading team we have built and support from NMC for our strategic investment programs.” said Barry Arkles, chairman and CTO of Gelest. “This has made Gelest an extremely valuable partner to customers around the world.”

Ken Gayer, CEO of Gelest, added, “We are excited to join MCC during our next stage of growth. MCC’s breadth and depth in the advanced materials sector will allow Gelest to create even more value for our customers and opportunities for our employees.”

“Since partnering with Gelest in 2017, we have been extremely impressed by the management team and Gelest’s ability to innovate continuously to serve the evolving needs of its demanding customers,” said Andre Moura, managing director at NMC and lead direct or of Gelest. “We are proud to have supported Gelest’s execution of an organic and inorganic growth strategy, and we thank everyone at Gelest for an exceptional partnership.”

MCC will continue to execute its strategy of enhancing its technology platform, leveraging its extensive R&D capabilities and pursuing new business development opportunities in new markets to drive further expansion in the future.

Posted April 30,  2020

Source: Gelest