Adhesives & Sealants Headlines

PQ Corp. Acquires 100% of Akzo-PQ Silica

VALLEY FORGE, Pa.; and ARNHEM, the Netherlands — PQ Corp. and Akzo Nobel N.V. have announced that PQ Corp. has acquired 100% of Akzo-PQ Silica (APS), PQ’s 50-50 joint venture with Akzo Nobel, which manufactures silicate and silica gel products in Europe. PQ also announced that the silicate and silica-related operations involved in this purchase will be known as PQ Europe. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Commenting on PQ’s move to purchase Akzo-PQ Silica, Michael R. Imbriani, executive vice president with responsibility for PQ’s global industrial chemical business, noted, “The silicate and silica gel operations of APS are core to PQ’s activities. Their purchase enhances the leading global position we have in a number of silicate and silica-related product areas. This acquisition is in the best long-term interests of the employees, the customers and the business.”

Dag Strömqvist, Akzo Nobel’s board member responsible for the Chemicals Group, said, “This sale is in line with our strategy to focus on our core businesses. Clearly, while the joint venture worked well, PQ Corp. is more focused on this area of business than we are and is now in a position to further develop it. It is by no means the end of our relationship. We will remain a customer for these products.”

PQ Corp. is a leading worldwide producer of soluble silicates, silica-based derivative products, and solid glass spheres with revenues in excess of $500 million. For more information, visit, or

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Adhesives & Sealants Industry Magazine.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

ASI April 2014 Photo Gallery

Our April 2014 issue is now available!


ExxonMobil Tackifier Expansion

Dwight Tozer, vice president of ExxonMobil’s Adhesion Industry business, discusses the company’s latest tackifier expansion project with Editor-in-Chief Susan Sutton.

More Podcasts

Adhesives & Sealants Industry Magazine

ASI May 2015 cover

2015 May

You won't want to miss our May issue, with a special packaging-focused Adhesives at Work section, as well as coverage of pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs), biorenewable feedstocks, and more!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Better Jobs

Is the economy prompting you to consider leaving your job for a better one?
View Results Poll Archive


Handbook of Sealant Technology

The Handbook of Sealant Technology provides an in-depth examination of sealants, reviewing their historical developments and fundamentals, adhesion theories and properties, and today’s wide range of applications.

More Products

ASI 2014 Buyers GuideASI's Buyers' Guide

Annual purchasing resource for equipment used in the manufacture/formulation of adhesives, sealants, pressure sensitives, tapes and labels and for application of finished adhesives. 


facebook_40px twitter_40  youtube_40pxlinkedin_40 google+ icon ASI 30px

Clear Seas Research

With access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.