Litwin’s Carbo-chemical and Crystallization activity is acquired by the Fives group, thus becoming Solios Chemical.
At the beginning of March 2012, the Fives group acquired the Carbo-chemical and Crystallization activities (Proabd®) of Litwin’s Mulhouse-based (France) entity. As a consequence, a new company, Solios Chemical, has been created within the Fives Solios brand. It is composed of a 30-person team, and has a large part of its sales made in China with steel makers customers.
Coal tar pitch processing, one of the major Proabd® technologies, strengthens Fives Solios’ expertise on the prebaked anode manufacturing process by further integrating the know-how upstream from pitch unloading and storage facilities, anode forming and anode baking.
Likewise, the customers of the Proabd® pitch process will benefit from Fives Solios’ expertise in anode manufacturing, which constitutes the main application for this specialty product.
The Group will continue to support and develop the whole Proabd® portfolio including the processing of coke oven by-products and melt static crystallization (MSC) purification for the chemical, pharmaceutical and food processing industries.
Thanks to its strong position in the Chinese steel market, which is an important part of the Mulhouse-based entity’s customers, the Group should also allow Solios Chemical to accelerate its commercial development in this market.