Chemicals company Umicore has acquired the combined 50% shareholdings of Samkwang Glass Ind Co Ltd and OCI Company Ltd in the South Korean automotive catalyst joint venture, Ordeg Co Ltd for €82 million (KRW 100 billion).

Umicore, which previously held 50% of the equity, now has full ownership of Ordeg.

Ordeg was established in 1985 and is a supplier of emission control catalysts to Korean automotive producers. Ordeg currently employs 193 people. The main production facility is in Onsan and the company recently inaugurated a new technical and technology centre in Songdo, near Seoul.

‘We are delighted to have acquired full ownership of the Ordeg operations,’ said Joerg von Roden, senior vice-president of sales & marketing for Umicore Automotive Catalysts. T’his will reinforce Ordeg's ability to work with its Korean headquartered customers, both for their domestic operations and their activities around the world.’

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