Wed Oct 8, 2008 6:03am EDT(somehow, this acquisition does not make me feel “warm and fuzzy”. We seem more chemicals in the hands of the enemy-comments by Allyson Rowen Taylor)

RIYADH, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Saudi industrial group Tasnee 2060.SE said on Wednesday its Cristal unit had won U.S. regulatory approval for a takeover of International Titanium Powder (ITP) for $110 million.


A statement on the bourse website said the deal would be completed quickly.

Tasnee, which says it is Saudi Arabia’s second-largest petrochemicals company by output volume, said this year it planned industrial acquisitions and was likely to issue its first Islamic bonds, or sukuk, in 2009.

Cristal said in May it had launched a $289 million takeover bid for Australian mineral sands producer Bemax Resources Ltd. Tasnee also plans a 2 billion riyal ($533.3 million) rights issue this year.

International Titanium Powder, founded in 1997, produces titanium and titanium alloys. (Editing by Mike Nesbit)


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