Given the potential benefits and costs of consolidation, it is imperative that Congress and the executive branch have the information needed to help effectively evaluate consolidation proposals.In this report, GAO identifies key questions that agencies should consider when evaluating whether to consolidate physical infrastructure and management functions and illustrates the questions with agency consolidation examples. GAO reviewed the consolidation literature; selected seven consolidation initiatives at the federal level in various stages of completion and one recommended consolidation; reviewed documentation and interviewed agency officials with responsibility for the initiatives; and interviewed public-management and government-reform experts with consolidation experience.
ISELIN, NJ, September 21, 2015 – BASF, a global leader in precious metals services, announced that it will consolidate its spent chemical catalysts refining and recycling operations to the company’s Seneca, South Carolina, operating facility by year-end 2015.
As a result, BASF will shut down the incineration and refining of used chemical catalysts at its operating site in Rome, Italy, during the fourth quarter of this year.
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Consolidation is not restricted to multi-tenant data center (MTDC) operators.
451 Research expects M&A activity to also focus on service portfolios, skill sets, and network and cloud infrastructure as companies move into new countries and offer higher-value services.
The Rome site’s operating footprint will be recalibrated to focus on its strongest areas of value creation – process catalysts manufacturing, platinum group metals (PGM) salts and solutions production, and assay laboratory testing and analytics.
As a result of this operational consolidation, there will be a headcount reduction at the Rome site, primarily affecting those positions involved in incineration and refining and related support functions.
451 Research analysts believe data regulation requirements, increasing demand for high-quality datacenter space, latency concerns, and a need to differentiate – with footprint, connectivity or services – will drive acquisition activity in this space in the near future.
According to 451 Research, this activity is likely to create new divisions between regional, international and pan-European wholesale and colocation providers, leading smaller players to focus more on services and areas of core competency to compete.
“The Seneca site already serves as BASF’s global PGM recycling hub, where precious metals recovered from spent chemical catalysts and autocatalysts are refined for use in a new generation of catalysts that support clean air and improved production efficiency for a broad range of chemical and industrial applications.” To support this operational consolidation, BASF’s site in Cinderford, UK, will now serve as a regional transfer center for all European spent chemical catalyst recycling customers, providing centralized collection, documentation and transfer services to ensure a seamless transition.