Vertellus Acquires Additives Producer Bercen

Specialty chemicals manufacturer Vertellus acquired Denham Springs, Louisiana-based Bercen Chemicals, a lubricant additives and alkyl succinic anhydrides manufacturer, the company announced last month.

Bercen has a manufacturing site near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and on Jurong Island, Singapore. It mostly manufactures lube additives and alkyl succinic anhydrides, which can be used to make motor oils, along with fuel and paper additives.

Vertellus makes castor oil derivatives and systems and citrate polymer additives and systems.

This acquisition expands the range of products that Vertellus is able to offer to the North American market, Jim Elliott, general manager of Vertellus anhydrides and specialties business, said in a press release issued Dec. 20. The acquisition also provides us with a strong foundation to better serve the global fuel and lubricant additives market.

The company noted Bercens access to railways to help grow its North American market share. Pilot facilities will also support the scale-up of new technology, with blending capabilities in Singapore providing a platform to support the growing Asian market, it said in the press release.

The companies did not disclose the cost of the acquisition or the production capacity of Bercens facilities.

Vertellus works in a number of different industries, including fine chemicals, coatings and other industrial markets, and operates 10 manufacturing facilities globally.