Borealis, a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers, announces it has secured financing for Borealis investment in research and development on plastic materials at several of its facilities. The KfW IPEX-Bank loan of EUR 75 million will run parallel with the EUR 150 million European Investment Bank (EIB) financing package announced earlier this year. The new agreement was signed by the two parties in Frankfurt on 14 October 2014.
The KfW IPEX-Bank loan supports Borealis investment in its European innovation centres. As a programme spanning several years, the project will continue to focus primarily on product innovation in the area of advanced polymers.
"For Borealis, the cooperation with KfW IPEX-Bank represents another milestone in its continuous investment in research and development in Europe", says Jan-Martin Nufer, Borealis Director Treasury & Funding. We are delighted to work once more with KfW as an excellent partner for the financing of our innovation centers."
"Research and development are prerequisites for innovation and therefore essential for sustainable economic success", comments Markus Scheer, member of the Management Board of KfW IPEX-Bank. "We support investments of German and European industrial companies to ensure that Europe remains a high-tech location."
About KfW IPEX-Bank
Within the KfW Group, KfW IPEX-Bank is responsible for international project and export finance. Its function of providing financing to boost the German and European economy is derived from the legal mandate assigned to KfW. It offers medium- and long-term financing to support key export industries, to develop economic and social infrastructure and to fund environmental and climate protection projects. KfW IPEX-Bank operates as a legally independent group subsidiary and plays a major role in fulfilling KfW's promotional mission. It is represented in the most important economic and financial centres across the globe.
Borealis is a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers. This year, Borealis already celebrates its 20th anniversary. With headquarters in Vienna, Austria, Borealis currently employs around 6,400 and operates in over 120 countries. It generated EUR 8.1 billion in sales revenue in 2013. The International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of Abu Dhabi owns 64% of the company, with the remaining 36% owned by OMV, the leading energy group in the European growth belt. Borealis provides services and products to customers around the world in collaboration with Borouge, a joint venture with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).
Building on its proprietary Borstar® and Borlink™ technologies and 50 years of experience in polyolefins, Borealis and Borouge support key industries including infrastructure, automotive and advanced packaging.
The Borouge 3 plant expansion in Abu Dhabi will be fully operational in 2014. Borouge 3 will deliver an additional 2.5 million tonnes of capacity when fully ramped up, bringing the total Borouge capacity to 4.5 million tonnes. Borealis and Borouge will then have approximately 8 million tonnes of polyolefin capacity.
Borealis offers a wide range of base chemicals, including melamine, phenol, acetone, ethylene, propylene, butadiene and pygas, servicing a wide range of industries. Together with Borouge the two companies will produce approximately 6 million tonnes of Base Chemicals in 2014.
Borealis also creates real value for the agricultural industry with a large portfolio of fertilizers. The company distributes approximately 2.1 million tonnes per year. This volume will increase to more than 5 million tonnes by the end of 2014.
Borealis and Borouge aim to proactively benefit society by taking on real societal challenges and offering real solutions. Both companies are committed to the principles of Responsible Care®, an initiative to improve safety performance within the chemical industry, and contribute to solve the world's water and sanitation challenges through product innovation and their Water for the World™ programme.
For more information visit borealisgroup.com | borouge.com | waterfortheworld.net/.
Borstar is a registered trademark of the Borealis Group.
Borlink and Water for the World are trademarks of the Borealis Group.