Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. announced plans to transfer a portion of its shares in two equity method affiliated companies in Bangkok, Thailand, to locally based PTT Global Chemical Public Co. Ltd. and its affiliate TOC Glycol Co. Ltd. and the share transfer is expected to be completed by the end of 2018 after merger filing clearance. The move will see GC and TOCGC acquire shares in Siam Mitsui PTA Co., Ltd. (SMPC) and TOCGC will acquire shares in Thai PET Resin Co., Ltd. (TPRC), which operate as joint ventures between MCI and locally based SCG Chemicals Co., Ltd. (SGC Chemicals; President: Cholanat Yanaranop). In addition, SCG Chemicals will transfer its all shares in SMPC and TPRC to GC and TOCGC and its affiliate expected to be completed by the end of 2018 after merger filing clearance, turning SMPC into a joint venture among MCI, GC and TOCGC, and TPRC a joint venture amang MCI, SMPC and TOCGC.
MCI is an integrated manufacturer of PTA, a raw material of polyester products, and PET resin. MCI’s PTA & PET business is mainly focused on the Japanese and ASEAN markets, supplying from Japan, Thailand and Indonesia. GC has a wide-ranging petrochemical business, which is primarily based at its complex in Map Ta Phut. Through GC and its affiliate’s capital participation, the new joint ventures will aim to provide a high-quality, stable supply of products by leveraging an integrated production system that starts with Paraxylene and Monoethylene glycol, which are raw materials of PTA and PET resin.