In August 2007, CVC Funds led the acquisition of Taminco from AlpInvest Partners. From its origin as a chemical intermediates supplier, the company has developed its portfolio, with its products having strong niche specialty positions (serving end markets such as crop protection, water treatment, surfactants, animal feed additives and pharma), and expanding into the global market leader in alkylamines through organic and external growth.

Taminco operates within two business units: functional chemicals and agro sciences. The functional chemicals division serves the needs of manufacturers who use alkylamine constituents in chemical processes to make formulated products. The division is in turn organised in business units that reflect the various applications in which end users employ Taminco’s products: amines and solvents, specialty derivatives and performance products.

The agro sciences division sells various products for use in agricultural applications. The division is also organised into business units that reflect the end user applications in which Taminco’s products are employed: crop protection, herbicide systems and feed additives. The division’s customers range from multinational crop protection and agricultural enterprises, to distributors and large local farmer co-operatives.

Headquartered in Belgium, the company has a global presence with eight production plants in Europe, the Americas and Asia, and 18 sales offices globally. Taminco was sold to Apollo Global Management in 2012.

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