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AkzoNobel Divests Calcium Carbide Business

12:19 PM MST | December 22, 2010 | Ian Young

SKW Stahl-Metallurgie Holding (Unterneukirchen, Germany) has agreed to acquire Carbide Sweden (Stockvik) from AkzoNobel for an undisclosed amount. Carbide Sweden produces calcium carbide, used in the production of acetylene gas, at Stockvik. Acetylene is used mainly for welding. Calcium carbide is also used in steel production. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2011. "We have Scandinavia's sole carbide plant," says Tommy Engman, president of Carbide Sweden. "The sale is ideal for the continued development of Carbide Sweden since...

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