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DuPont Completes Acquisition of Sulfuric Acid Technology Firm MECS

9:24 AM MST | January 3, 2011 | Lindsey Bewley

DuPont says it has completed the acquisition of sulfuric acid process technology and construction company MECS (St. Louis, MO) from private equity firm American Securities (New York). MECS will become a wholly owned subsidiary of DuPont’s Sustainable Solutions business. The previously announced transaction strengthens the DuPont clean technologies portfolio and will provide access to additional high-growth markets, particularly in developing regions such as Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, the company says.
“This acquisition enables us to diversify our clean technologies portfolio,” says James Weigand, president of DuPont Sustainable Solutions. “We estimate an increase in the addressable market for our clean air and clean fuel offerings from about $200 million to $1 billion.”
MECS provides process technology, proprietary specialty equipment and technical services for sulfuric acid producers. The company also produces air pollution control scrubbing systems and mist eliminators to reduce particulate emissions, and heat recovery systems that generate carbon-neutral energy from sulfuric acid plants.

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