AkzoNobel makes a move on Mapaero

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AkzoNobel has announced its intention to acquire French aerospace coatings manufacturer, Mapaero in order to strengthen its global position in aerospace coatings, notably in the structural and cabin coating sub-segments. Established in 1992 and specialising in sustainable water-based and advanced eco-friendly products, Mapaero operates a production facility in France and has around 140 employees.

“The world-class product ranges from both companies have an excellent fit, and by combining our expertise we’ll be able to strengthen our global position in the steadily growing aerospace coatings market,” said AkzoNobel CEO, Thierry Vanlancker.

“The transaction will enable us to provide our customers with a much wider portfolio of innovative and sustainable products. It also demonstrates our commitment to continue investing in strategic growth opportunities as we progress further with our ‘Winning together: 15 by 20’ strategy and will be accretive towards our 15% return on sales target.”

AkzoNobel’s offer is subject to customary information and consultation procedures with Mapaero’s employee representative bodies and regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to complete in the second half of 2019.

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