Downey-based Kirkhill Manufacturing Co., makers of rubber compounds used by the aerospace, medical and automotive industries has been acquired by Swedish competitor, Hexpol, for $49 million.

Kirkhill, which also does business as Kirkhill Rubber, reported its annual sales at $46 million.

Kirkhill will move its Downey operations to a recently acquired facility in Long Beach. Another facility in Athens, Ga., will move to a Hexpol site in the U.S., the company said.

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