World's largest manufacturer of high-performance GRP plastic pipes: Luther supports Saudi Arabian Amiantit during joint venture
The Saudi Arabian company Amiantit and the Austrian Wietersdorfer Group will be joining forces in the joint venture AMIBLU. AMIBLU will be the world's largest manufacturers of high-performance GRP plastic pipes. The new group comprising 1,500 staff will be headquartered in Klagenfurt (Austria). The listed Saudi Arabian Amiantit Company SAAC enlisted Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft to advise them on the joint venture.
The Saudi Arabian Amiantit Company brought its subsidiaries located in Germany, France, Norway, Poland and Spain to the joint venture AMIBLU Holding GmbH. In return, Amiantit will become the 50% shareholder of AMIBLU. The other 50% will be held by the Austrian Wietersdorfer Group which has brought its GRP plastic pipe business (HOBAS pipes group) comprising approx. 20 subsidiaries in various jurisdictions to AMIBLU, as well. The transaction value is somewhere in the three-digit million range.
The merger of the European business activities of Wietersdorfer's subsidiary HOBAS and Amiantit Europe (including FLOWTITE Technology) was officially closed on 28 August in Vienna. The European antitrust authorities approved the merger in early August 2017.
AMIBLU will be employing more than 1,500 staff at a total of seven European locations in the future. This makes AMIBLU the world's largest manufacturer of GRP plastic pipes. AMIBLU produces and sells centrifugally cast and wound high-performance glass fibre reinforced plastic pipes (GRP pipes) under the Hobas and Flowtite brands to be used in the drinking water, irrigation, waste-water, and hydro-power areas and in industry.
About Saudi Arabian Amiantit Company
SAAC is listed at the Saudi Arabian stock exchange and is headquartered in Dammam/Saudi Arabia. It has approx. 3,800 employees worldwide. Its most recent annual turnover was roughly Euro 520 million. The company supplies regional, heavy engineering, industrial, energy, and agricultural commodity markets around the world and supports the development of global infrastructure.
About Wietersdorfer Holding GmbH
WIG Wietersdorfer Holding GmbH is a construction materials and pipe system conglomerate with its headquarters in Klagenfurt, Austria. Its business segments include cement & concrete, lime, GPR pipe systems and thermoplastic pipe systems. Featuring a total of 49 branches in 36 countries, WIG Wietersdorfer Holding GmbH is well represented in the Austrian and international markets through its brands w&p, Salonit, HOBAS, POLOPLAST, FLOWTITE, IGM and INTERCAL. The Group employs more than 2,800 people in Austria and abroad, is active at 27 production sites and generated a turnover of 512.8 million euros in 2016. The company has been a fully-owned family business since its formation by Philipp and Gottlieb Knoch in 1893.
For Amiantit Company SAAC
Luther, Antitrust Law: Dr. Helmut Janssen, LL.M. (Partner at our Brussels office)
KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH: MMag. Dr. Gerold Wietrzyk and Priv.-Doz. MMag. Dr. Thomas Haberer (Vienna)
Amiantit Inhouse: Waleed Mohammad Abu Kishk (Dammam/Saudi Arabien)
For Wietersdorfer Group
Inhouse (overall legal management and coordination): Dr. Bruno Nagele (Head of Legal and Compliance) and Dr. Daniel Schützenauer (Legal Counsel, both located in Klagenfurt)
Kerschbaum Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH, Corporate / M&A Dr. Nikolaus Adensamer (Lead, Partner), DDr. Johannes Mitterecker and Mag. Maximilian Breisch (both Vienna)
LeitnerLeitner Wirtschaftsprüfer und Steuerberater: Dr. Clemens Nowotny (Partner, Tax Consulting and Transaction Structure)