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On 14 March 2014, Korea-based LG Chem filed for the acquisition of NanoH2O, an El Segundo, California-based reverse osmosis technology manufacturer. The reported US$200 million acquisition is expected to close by the end of April 2014. NanoH2O– founded in 2005– is backed by BASF, Total, Khosla Ventures, Oak Investment Partners, and the CalPERS Clean Energy & Technology Fund. The announcement comes after Toray outbid LG to acquire 56% of membrane manufacturer, Woongjin Chemical in 2013 for US$397 million.
- NanoH2O, another strategic piece to LGs multi-faceted global water puzzle.
- LG brings fresh perspective to desalination supply chain.
- Supply chain responds to shifting landscape.