The Commission received Ixom's application in December 2018 and was originally scheduled to make a decision by 12 March 2019.


Ixom is headquartered in Australia but has chemical manufacturing, supply and distribution operations in several countries around the world. In New Zealand, Ixom supplies chemicals including sodium hypochlorite, hydrochloric acid and caustic soda. Ixom operates a sodium hypochlorite plant in Christchurch. It was seeking clearance to acquire the Tasman chemical plant from Oji.