YEAR ESTABLISHED: 1986
REVENUE: $1.09 billion s (2012: $1.09 billion)
• Architectural coatings
Olivier Legrain, Materis chairman; Rene Riu, president, Materis Paints.
Materis Paints SAS is a manufacturer and provider of construction materials including decorative and industrial paints for the professional and consumer markets. Materis, an international leader in specialty construction chemicals and materials, has four businesses: admixtures (Chryso), aluminates (Kerneos), mortars (Parex Group) and paints (Materis Paints). The business is a unit of Materis SA, which is 76 percent owned by French investment firm Wendel. It has nearly 400 sales outlets in Europe for paints. Materis’ brands include Tollens, Zolpan, Max Meyer, Ducco and Robbialac. In terms of market position, Materis Paints holds leading positions in the areas it operates. The firm is number four in Europe, number two in France and Portugal, number one in Italy, number four in Spain and Morocco and number five in Argentina.
Materis is one of the world leaders in specialty materials for construction, with leadership positions in aluminates, admixtures, mortars and paints.
Materis enjoys high barriers to entry resulting from global coverage, innovative and high value-added products, outstanding quality of service, recognized brands and close relationships with its clients. Materis has also built a portfolio of premium brands and an integrated distribution network of nearly 400 sales outlets in Europe (paints) and 1,000 in China (mortars). It has leadership positions in high-growth regions, where 30 percent of its sales are generated (30-50 percent for certain businesses, excluding paints), with margins comparable to those in mature markets.