Multisorb Technologies Acquires Silgel Packaging Ltd.

Buffalo, NY April 18: Multisorb Technologies International, the worldwide leader in active packaging technologies, today announced that it has acquired Silgel Packaging Ltd. (Telford, UK), a subsidiary of AMCOL Minerals Europe Ltd. (AME) and AMCOL International located in Arlington Heights, Illinois. The strategic purchase of Silgel bolsters Multisorb's suite of advanced active packaging capabilities and provides greater support to customers globally. Silgel's talented pool of twenty-five people brings a strong repository of technical expertise and knowledge, which will greatly augment the development of innovative moisture management solutions.
Mark Celmer, president and CEO of Multisorb Technologies, said, "Multisorb's acquisition of Silgel is another important milestone in our long-term strategy to grow our business and broaden our product and service offerings globally. It will allow us to better serve our customers worldwide, particularly in Europe, the Middle East and Africa."

Dr. John Waddicor, previously managing director at AME, is joining Multisorb as the new managing director of the combined Silgel and Multisorb's UK facilities. Bringing almost twenty years of experience in the chemical industry to his new position, Dr. Waddicor is looking to leverage his expertise to further Multisorb's reputation as the worldwide leader in active packaging technologies.

"Integrating Multisorb and Silgel into one organization provides the operational and business development expertise necessary to accelerate growth and innovation in active packaging technologies, particularly for the pharmaceutical, food, shipping and electronics industries," says Waddicor.

In addition to Dr. Waddicor, Silgel's Jon Spencer has been promoted to the position of operations manager of the combined facilities. He brings a wealth of production management talent and electro-mechanical expertise to his new position. In his role as export sales and operations manager at Silgel, Spencer was responsible for the day-to-day management of the company's clean room production facilities.

Silgel and Multisorb will continue to focus on their customers as the companies execute a smooth transition of operations.

About Multisorb Technologies

Multisorb Technologies, International is a corporate holding company consisting of Multisorb Technologies, Inc., Active-Pak Automation, LLC, Eagle Chemicals Corporation, Multisorb Technologies, Ltd. and several other corporate entities that are geographically positioned on a worldwide basis to meet the needs of sorbent customers globally. All of the companies within the Multisorb family are ISO certified.

Multisorb Technologies has been an innovator in sorbent technology for over 40 years. Founded in 1961 by John S. Cullen to protect products against the damaging effects of moisture, today Multisorb is the world leader in the development and production of active packaging components.

Multisorb corporate offices are located at 325 Harlem Road, Buffalo, NY 14224-1893 USA. For more information in North America, contact: 1-888-SORBENT (767-2368), International inquiries please call: +1 716-824-8900; Fax: +1 716-824-4128; Email:

Multisorb's European Headquarters are located at: 30/31 Hardwick Grange Woolston, Warrington, WA1 4RF, UK; Tel. +44 1925 839 960; Fax +44 1925 813 898: Email .

About Silgel Packaging Ltd.

Silgel Packaging Ltd. has manufactured desiccant products for a broad range of businesses since 1996. With state of the art facilities in Telford, UK, Silgel is ISO registered for manufacturing and distribution and develops both natural and synthetic sorbents addressing humidity problems across a spectrum of industries. It maintains clean room production facilities in Telford that meet the stringent demands of food, pharmaceutical, electronic, and diagnostic companies. The company is registered to BS EN ISO standards for manufacturing and distribution.

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