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China's largest fertilizer producer Sinochem Corp has paid 1.6 billion yuan for a 51 percent stake in Zhejiang chemicals maker Juhua Group Corp.


The two companies signed the agreement on Wednesday, according to a statement from Juhua Group's listed arm Juhua Co Ltd. The deal gives Sinochem control of the fifth largest Chinese basic chemicals maker in Quzhou, Zhejiang Province.


As fluoro-chemical consolidations accelerate, many smaller firms are selling to larger rivals like Sinochem.


The Zhejiang provincial government, a major stakeholder in Juhua Group, wants to focus State-owned assets in core areas.


The purchase also gives Sinochem control on Shanghai-listed Juhua Co, as Juhua Group controls almost 57 percent of the listed unit.


Juhua Co fell more than 4 percent to 12.22 yuan yesterday, despite a sharp rise on the Shanghai Composite Index of 4.16 percent.


The deal will enhance the company's competitiveness in the fluoro-chemical industry, and it expects to become a leader in the sector in China, according to Juhua Co's statement.


Sinochem opened its Ganzhou Fluoro-chemical Industrial Base in Jiangxi Province last month, merging with local fluoro-chemical manufacturers Xingguo Zhongying Mining Co Ltd and Jiangxi Sanmei Chemicals Co Ltd.


(China Daily November 30, 2007)

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