Thailand – 23 March 2015 – Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a world-leading producer of intermediate petrochemicals, has signed an agreement to acquire 100% shareholding of the Montreal, Canada, PTA business of Cepsa Química SA, wholly-owned affiliate of Cepsa, and IQ CHIMIE INC., a subsidiary of Investissement Québec (jointly "Cepsa Chimie Montréal s.e.c."). The plant is the only PTA facility in Canada and one of only three PTA suppliers in North America. The acquisition, subject to usual regulatory approvals, will allow the company to expand its footprint into Canada.

“This will be our inaugural entry into Canada,” says Aloke Lohia, Group CEO of Indorama Ventures. “CEPSA Chimie Montréal s.e.c. provides us the unique opportunity to acquire assets that will consolidate our North American polyester value chain businesses for added feedstock security. The acquisition is in line with our announced strategy to expand in our core businesses, primarily in the West.

“CEPSA Chimie Montréal s.e.c. has in this production site a capacity of approximately 600,000 tonnes of PTA per annum and receives piped supply of its feedstock Paraxylene from an adjacent refinery. The plant is logistically well placed to economically serve customers via rail access or via the St. Lawrence River.

Cepsa is an energy group fully owned by the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC). It employs more than 10,000 people and operates at every stage of the hydrocarbon value chain. It is engaged in petroleum and natural gas prospecting and production activities, refining, transport and sale of crude oil and natural gas derivatives, biofuels, co-generation and electricity sales. Cepsa has developed a world-class chemicals division that is tightly integrated with its oil refining segment, where feedstock is manufactured and sold for the production of components with high value-added, chiefly used in making new-generation plastics and biodegradable detergents. It has a prominent position in Spain and, through the continuing international expansion of its business, it also operates in 15 countries, marketing its products all over the world.