MOSCOW (MRC) -- The International Chamber of Commerce's arbitration tribunal has determined that Edison, the former owner of Solvay's Spinetta Marengo and Bussi sul Tirino sites, is liable for breaching environmental representations and warranties in its sale to Solvay in 2001, as per Solvay's press release.
The partial decision, issued on June 22, ordered Edison to compensate Solvay for losses and damages incurred up to the end of 2016. It reserved its decision on additional losses and damages from 2017 onwards, including the interest applicable to the amount awarded and the costs of litigation, for another possible phase of arbitration proceedings.
The decision comes after years of international arbitration by Solvay claiming that Edison is liable for breaches of the environmental conditions and provisions contained in the Share Purchase Agreement of December 2001. This agreement resulted in Solvay's acquisition in 2002 of the Italian company Ausimont SpA, which at that time was owned by (Mont)Edison.
The outcome of the arbitral sentence is very important for Solvay as it recognises the deliberate misrepresentations we experienced during the acquisition process. This did not prevent Solvay from undertaking necessary important remedial actions over many years. It’s a further illustration of the company's commitment to do what is right in terms of the environment and to pursue its rights when it considers that others are at fault, according to the statement.
As MRC reported earlier, in August, 2020, through the acquisition of the Solvay polyamide (PA) business, BASF enhanced its R&D capabilities in Asia Pacific with new technologies, technical expertise, and upgraded material and part testing services. BASF is planning to integrate the R&D centers from Solvay into its R&D existing facilities in Shanghai, China, and Seoul, Korea. The enhanced capabilities will boost BASF’s position as a solution provider to develop advanced material solutions for key industries.
We remind that Russia's output of chemical products rose in March 2021 by 5.4% year on year. Thus, production of basic chemicals increased year on year by 6.7% in the first quarter of 2021, according to Rosstat's data. production of polymers in primary form was 958,000 tonnes versus 861,000 tonnes in February. Overall output of polymers in primary form totalled 2,740,000 tonnes in the first three months of 2021, up by 8.5% year on year.
Solvay is a science company whose technologies bring benefits to many aspects of daily life. With more than 24,100 employees in 64 countries, Solvay bonds people, ideas and elements to reinvent progress. The Group seeks to create sustainable shared value for all, notably through its Solvay One Planet plan crafted around three pillars: protecting the climate, preserving resources and fostering better life. The Group’s innovative solutions contribute to safer, cleaner, and more sustainable products found in homes, food and consumer goods, planes, cars, batteries, smart devices, health care applications, water and air purification systems. Founded in 1863, Solvay today ranks among the world’s top three companies for the vast majority of its activities.