I n 2006, French investor Wendel Investissement purchased chemicals producer Materis from private equity group LBO France. Materis Paints is the largest business within the Materis group of companies representing 41 percent of sales, or $1 billion in 2010. 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.