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Dolan Holding sold European Carbon Fiber to Solvay

November 2017, Kelheim, Germany: Dolan Holding GmbH, a company owned by funds managed by Alpina Partners (“Alpina”) and Dr. Jan Verdenhalven sold European Carbon Fiber GmbH (“ECF”), a German producer of high-quality “precursor” for large-tow (50K) polyacrylonitrile-based (PAN-based) carbon fibers, to Solvay. The parties agreed that the terms of the transaction will not be disclosed.

In April 2015, Alpina and Dr. Jan Verdenhalven acquired ECF from Lenzing Group via a holding company together with Dolan GmbH (“Dolan”), a leading producer of spun-dyed acrylic fibers. Dolan is not part of the transaction.

“We were looking for a strong new owner for ECF and truly believe that Solvay is the right partner to further develop the business in the future”, comments Dr. Florian Strehle, a Partner with Alpina.

“It is important for ECF that Solvay is a long-standing world leader with tremendous industrial experience in the carbon fiber and composite business. The company now has very promising growth perspectives,” adds Dr. Jan Verdenhalven, Managing Director and Co- Owner of Dolan Holding GmbH.

Alpina is an owner-managed, independent investment firm with approximately EUR 300 million in assets under management. The firm focuses on small and mid-sized businesses in Europe with strong technical USPs. Alpina supports entrepreneurs and management teams to implement its growth strategies. Alpina is supported by the European Union through the "Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme" (CIP).

(c) 2017 Dolan Holding GmbH
(c) 2017 Dolan Holding GmbH

Dr. Jan Verdenhalven is a private investor with several years of investing and management experience in the chemical and carbon fiber industry.

Solvay is a multi-specialty chemical company, headquartered in Brussels with around 27,000 employees in 58 countries. Net sales were € 10.9 billion in 2016, with 90% from activities where Solvay ranks among the world’s top 3 leaders

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