Lotte Advanced Materials buys Turkish engineered stone maker Belenco

South Korea’s Lotte Advanced Materials Co. obtained Turkey’s driving engineered stone creator Belenco in a 125 billion won ($111.4 million) deal to gain footing in Europe’s premium interior material market.

Lotte Advanced Materials, a subsidiary of Lotte Chemical, said Thursday it has taken up a 72.5 percent stake in Belenco to leverage the Turkish firm’s dominant presence in the engineered stone market.

Engineered stone is a man-made item that is made out of 90 percent natural quartz. It has the look of natural marble however is increasingly strong and flexible, with applications ranging from home kitchens and bathrooms to indoor flooring and walls in hotels and hospitals.

Belenco headquarters are arranged in Manisa Organized Industrial Zone (OIZ), Turkey’s third-biggest industrial complex. The company boasts an efficient coordinations arrange because of its closeness to the port of Izmir and common mineral deposits. Its factory consists of two production lines capable of churning out 230,000 sheets of engineered stone a year.

Lotte Advanced Chemicals’ plant in Yeosu, Korea has a production limit of 90,000 sheets. With the securing, it intends to increase manufacturing facilities to catapult its standing to the global top five.

The move is part of Lotte Group’s broader strategy to premiumize its chemical portfolio to more value-added specialty materials. The company said it plans to step up investments in related businesses at home and abroad to further its upscale efforts.

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