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Solenis Acquires Lilleborg from Orkla, Expanding Food and Beverage and Institutional Businesses in Norway

Strategic acquisition provides enhanced quality and sustainability for food and beverage and institutional customers.

June 12, 2024

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Solenis has acquired Lilleborg, a supplier of professional cleaning solutions in Norway (Photo: Nicolas Tourrenc)

WILMINGTON, Delaware (USA) — Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals for water-intensive industries, has acquired 100 percent of Lilleborg shares from Orkla, on June 12, 2024.

Headquartered in Oslo, Norway, Lilleborg supplies professional cleaning solutions and is one of the leading companies in the Norwegian commercial market. Lilleborg has been a long-term partner with Diversey, a Solenis Company, driving value through deep, targeted expertise and customer insights with proven innovation and sustainable methods and products. The acquisition allows Diversey to expand into the Norwegian water treatment market with a direct channel, offering food and beverage customers an expanded portfolio of solutions.

Commenting on the acquisition, John Panichella, CEO, Solenis, said, “We’ve had a great partnership with Lilleborg for many years, working with our institutional and food and beverage business, so we’re extremely excited to welcome the Lilleborg team to the Solenis family. Lilleborg’s highly competent, motivated, and well-trusted sales, marketing and R&D teams will allow for significant opportunity to cross-sell water treatment when combined with Solenis’ expertise.”

“This transaction is a milestone in Orkla’s new strategy after becoming an industrial investment company. By reducing the number of portfolio companies and simplifying our structure, we pave the way for a more targeted and disciplined capital allocation in the portfolio. We are proud of the 190+ years of Lilleborg history, both before and during Orkla ownership – having built a strong and trusted company brand and a position as Norway’s market leader within its industry”, says President & CEO of Orkla, Nils K. Selte.

“Lilleborg has historically delivered solid financial results and showed resilience even in challenging market conditions, thanks to high-quality products and brands, and a competent, passionate organization. Given the longstanding collaboration with Diversey in the Norwegian market, we firmly believe that Solenis is the ideal new home for Lilleborg. We are confident that they will continue to foster the growth and success of Lilleborg in the future. Finally, we would like to thank CEO Silje Ebbell Tøge and the rest of the Lilleborg team for the dedication and hard work over decades and wish them all the best in their future endeavours”, says Maria Syse-Nybraaten, EVP and Investment Executive in Orkla.

<div class="line">&nbsp;</div> <h2>About Solenis</h2> <p>Solenis is a leading global producer of specialty chemicals focused on delivering sustainable solutions for water-intensive industries, including consumer, industrial, institutional, food and beverage, and pool and spa water markets. Owned by Platinum Equity, the company&rsquo;s product portfolio includes a broad array of water treatment chemistries, process aids, functional additives, and cleaners and disinfectants, as well as state-of-the-art monitoring and control systems. These technologies are used by customers to improve operational efficiencies, enhance product quality, protect plant assets, minimize environmental impact, and create cleaner and safer environments. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, the company has 69 manufacturing facilities strategically located around the globe and employs a team of over 16,100 professionals in 130 countries across six continents. Solenis is a 2024 Best Managed Company Gold Standard honoree, recognized four years in a row.</p> <p>For additional information about Solenis, please visit <a href="/en/">www.solenis.com</a> or follow us on social media.</p>
<div class="line">&nbsp;</div> <h2>About Lilleborg</h2> <p>Lilleborg AS is a leading provider of effective and sustainable hygiene and cleaning solutions to professional and industrial customers in Norway. In 2023, Lilleborg had a turnover of NOK 574 million and 124 employees. Founded in 1833 and a part of Orkla since 1986, Lilleborg operates from its main office in Oslo, a warehouse in Ski, and several regional offices across Norway.</p>
<div class="line">&nbsp;</div> <h2>About Orkla</h2> <p>Orkla is a leading industrial investment company with a focus on brands and consumer-oriented companies. Its investment portfolio currently consists of 11 companies operating in sectors including paint, food products, chocolate, confectionery and snacks, health products and food ingredients. Orkla generated revenues of NOK 67.8 billion and a pre-tax profit of NOK 6.97 billion in 2023. As at year-end 2023, Orkla had 19,671 employees. Orkla is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange and is headquartered in Oslo, Norway.</p>

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