Polyplastics has held an ownership stake in Topas Advanced Polymers GmbH (TAP GmbH) for over a decade, and the merger is a key milestone in Polyplastics’s efforts to build a strong market presence in the Americas.
“We plan to leverage and further enhance TAP GmbH’s global leadership position in COC as Polyplastics moves forward to expand its market reach in the Americas,” said Lindsey Deal, President of Polyplastics USA, and Timothy Kneale, President of TAP USA, in a joint statement.
Polyplastics USA has retained the majority of TAP USA’ s personnel to ensure continuity for the growing number of COC customers in the packaging, healthcare, and other industries where polyolefin performance enhancement is needed. For the TopasCOC business, the merger will deliver additional resources to support the strong growth of COC markets and applications. American Topas COC sales have more than doubled since parent Polyplastics, based in Tokyo, acquired the company in 2005.
Upon completion of the merger, TAP USA will no longer exist as a legal entity. The merger will have no effect on TAP GmbH’s European arm, TAP GmbH, which will continue to manufacture COC in Oberhausen, Germany, and handle sales for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).