IVL Completes Entry Into India With MicroPet Acquisition

BANGKOK, Thailand — November 30, 2015 — Indorama Ventures Public Co. Ltd. (IVL), a world-leading producer of intermediate petrochemicals, today announced the acquisition of Indian polyethylene terephthalate (PET)-manufacturer Micro Polypet Pvt. Ltd. (MicroPet), subject to necessary legal approvals. Situated in Panipat district, Haryana state, India, the plant is 90 kilometers north of Delhi and has a capacity of 216,000 metric tons.

MicroPet is the sole PET manufacturer in Northern India and has virtual integration with the Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL) for its two major feedstocks PTA and MEG. Currently MicroPet has approximately 12 percent of the capacity share in India, a country with a population of 1.25 billion. It utilizes melt-to-resin technology that IVL has experience with at its AlphaPet plant in Alabama.

Aloke Lohia, Group CEO, Indorama Ventures said: “This is a unique opportunity for us to establish a foothold in one of the world’s fastest-growing developing economies. The acquisition strategically extends our footprint and scale and enhances our relationship with the world’s fast moving consumer goods brands, all of who have their eye on this huge consumer market. We are entering at the early stages of PET usage as just 0.6 kg of PET per annum is consumed in India today compared to 2.6 kg per annum in China and 10.9 kg per annum in the USA. Since we are now firmly established in two of Asia’s largest population centers, China and Indonesia, India has been the missing piece of our Asian market access.”
Posted November 30, 2015

Source: IVL