PMHC II to Acquire the Erachem Manganese Chemicals Business

Houston, December 12, 2016 – PMHC II, Inc., the parent company of Prince International Corporation (“Prince”), has agreed to acquire the Erachem Manganese Chemicals business of ERAMET Group, a French mining and metallurgical company.

With over 550 employees and 30 years of experience with high quality manganese-based products, Erachem is the world leader in the supply of manganese chemicals. Erachem operates five processing plants located in the United States (2), Belgium, China, and Mexico, which provide the widest range of manganese salts and oxides for more than 100 industrial applications including alkaline and lithium ion batteries, agrochemicals, electronics, copper recycling, and other specialty products. At closing, Erachem will enter into a long-term supply agreement with ERAMET Group’s subsidiary Comilog S.A. to ensure the continuity and reliability of the company’s supply of manganese ore.

“This acquisition will be transformative for our group of companies, not only in terms of enhancing Prince’s manganese product portfolio, but also significantly expanding our manufacturing footprint in North America and Europe,” said Willson Ropp, Prince CEO. “We will also be adding our first production capabilities in Asia. We are extremely pleased to welcome the Erachem employees to the Prince team, and we look forward to working together in the months and years to come.”

The transaction, which has already received antitrust clearance, is expected to close later this month. More information about Erachem can be found at www.erachem.com.

About Prince
Prince combines international sourcing and processing capabilities with in-depth customer knowledge, world-class engineering, and value-added distribution to deliver essential engineered solutions to diverse consumer and industrial markets. Formed through a series of acquisitions since 2003, Prince is a portfolio company of private equity funds affiliated with Palladium Equity Partners, LLC. Prince’s products enjoy widespread use in brick, glass, foundries, steel, oil & gas, specialty coatings, agriculture, water treatment, and numerous other industrial applications. Prince operates 20 processing facilities located across North America, South America, Europe, and Africa. More information about Prince can be found at www.princecorp.com.

About ERAMET Group

ERAMET is one of the leading global producers of:

  • alloying metals, particularly manganese and nickel, used to improve the properties of steel, and
  • high-performance special steels and alloys used in industries such as aerospace, power generation and tooling.

ERAMET is also developing high growth potential activities, such as mineral sands (titanium dioxide and zirconium), lithium and recycling. The Group employs approximately 14,000 people in 20 countries.

 

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