India: RHI Magnesita plans to merge its three local subsidiaries, RHI India and RHI Clasil with Orient Refractories. On completion of the proposed merger RHI Magnesita will own about 70% in Orient Refractories which will be renamed RHI Magnesita India. The transaction is expected to be complete by mid-2019.
“The proposed merger of our Indian subsidiaries marks an important milestone towards expanding RHI Magnesita’s market leadership in the refractory market in India. One strong, integrated organisation and management will increase long term value for all stakeholders and efficiently combine resources and capabilities. This merger will significantly enhance the profile of RHI Magnesita in India and creates a stronger foundation to tap the immense growth potential we see in the Indian market,” said Stefan Borgas, chief executive officer (CEO) of RHI Magnesita.
Orient Refractories is currently 70% owned by RHI Magnesita. It is a manufacturer and supplier of special refractory products, systems and services for the steel industry. RHI India, a wholly-owned RHI Magnesita subsidiary, is the local sales company of RHI Magnesita group offering a range of refractories and related services sourced from various RHI Magnesita group entities to Indian customers. RHI Clasil is 53.7% owned by RHI Magnesita. It is a manufacturer and supplier of mainly alumina-based refractories for steel and cement.
This merger is part of RHI Magnesita’s strategic pillar ‘markets’ that focuses on building a global presence with strong local organisations and solid market positions. India’s growth prospects in the refractory market derive primarily from the steel sector, which is RHI Magnesita’s largest customer industry.
Once the merger is complete the new company will operate two production plants and employ over 700 workers. The proposal is subject to shareholder and regulator approval.