Firmenich successfully completes acquisition of DRT

Published: 29-May-2020

DRT is a world leader in the development and supply of high quality, renewable and naturally-derived ingredients

Firmenich International is pleased to announce the completion of its acquisition of Les Dérivés Résiniques et Terpéniques (DRT).

This acquisition will see Firmenich become a key player in renewable ingredients for perfumery and beyond.

Founded in 1932 and headquartered in Dax, France, DRT developed a unique, backward integrated business model during many decades, including access to sustainable raw materials, best-in-class extraction and distillation capabilities and advanced innovation processes.

“We are delighted to have closed this acquisition, which will give us a significant competitive advantage moving forward,” said Gilbert Ghostine, CEO, Firmenich.

“This acquisition affirms our commitment to becoming a global leader in renewable ingredients as we meet the growing demand for sustainable products in perfumery and beyond. Above all, we look forward to working with our long-time partners and welcoming all DRT employees to Firmenich.”

DRT will further strengthen Firmenich’s already leading perfumery and ingredients business, enabling the company to offer its customers the world’s best selection of renewable and sustainable ingredients.

DRT will also bring new capabilities in health & nutrition, cosmetics, as well as a number of new markets, including adhesives, coatings and agriculture.

The acquisition reinforces Firmenich’s presence in France, its second largest market.

DRT has a turnover in excess of €550 million, employs more than 1500 people around the world and operates through a global footprint with four production sites located in France, two in the USA, two in India and one in China.

Firmenich announced that it had entered into exclusivity with Ardian, Tikehau Capital and family shareholders to acquire the company on 6 March 2020. Consultation with the relevant employee representatives and the required customary approvals by the antitrust authorities have been obtained since then and the acquisition has now closed.

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