ulfides develops and manufactures natural and synthetic metal sulfides used in brake pads, clutch facings, cutting and grinding wheels, and lubricants. This business division supplies the friction, abrasives and lubricant industry. Customers: The company serves approximately 300 customers worldwide including friction manufacturers supplying to the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and original equipment service (OES) market segment. Competition: The company’s competitors include Dow Corning Corporation; Catalise Industria e Comercio de Metals Ltda; and Nachmann S.r.I. Significant Events During 2013, the company sold its Advanced Ceramics segment and Clay-based Additives business, and entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Titanium Dioxide Pigments, Color Pigments and Services, Timber Treatment Chemicals, Rubber/Thermoplastics Compounding and Water Chemistry businesses. In December 2013, the company entered into definitive agreement, with Tianqi Group HK Co., Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chengdu Tianqi Group Co., Ltd., to acquire a 49% interest in Windfield Holdings Pty Ltd, which directly owns 100% of the equity of Talison Lithium Pty Ltd, a company incorporated in Australia (Talison). Talison, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, owns and operates a lithium mine in Greenbushes, western Australia and mines lithium ore, which is then milled and processed to separate lithium concentrate from the rest of the ore. Intellectual Property The company has approximately 3,500 patents and patent applications for its continuing operations in various strategic markets worldwide. Sales and Marketing The company sells its products and services primarily through its direct sales forces, although it also sells through distributors in some of its business lines, such as in certain parts of Surface Treatment and Metal Sulfides businesses. Research and Development The company’s research and development expenses included $22.6 million, as of December 31, 2013. Regulations The company is subject to regulation by the FDA with respect to certain products produced, marketed and sold by Lithium segment, which includes pharmaceutical intermediates. History Rockwood Holdings, Inc. is a Delaware corporation incorporated in 2000.
rockwood holdings inc (ROC:New York)
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Princeton, NJ 08540
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