A.W. Chesterton, Ceramic Polymer Join


Known for its industrial fluid sealing systems, protective coatings, and high-performance industrial lubricants and MRO chemicals, the 135-year-old A.W. Chesterton Company is extending its global reach in the protective coatings realm with the acquisition of Ceramic Polymer GmbH.

Salem, MA-based Chesterton, manufacturer of ARC Efficiency & Protective Coatings, announced the acquisition Aug. 9.

Improved Inventories, Lead Times

Ceramic Polymer GmbH, sited in Roedinghausen, Germany, specializes in industrial coatings, particularly those used in protecting the metal and concrete of large industrial structures such as storage tanks, offshore and on-shore structures, pipelines and bio gas facilities.

This arrangement increases Chesterton’s global production ability for their ARC-branded protective coatings line, as well as their line of specialty lubricants and MRO maintenance products. The ARC Coatings line is used in the process industries to protect equipment and structures from extreme corrosion, abrasion and chemical attack

“The combination of Ceramic Polymer with our ARC Coatings will provide our clients regionally produced and inventoried products with shorter lead times for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and an expanded product offering for North and South America,” said Brian O’Donnell, CEO of A.W. Chesterton.

“The acquisition is also expected to result in greater efficiencies and significantly increase the breadth of our applications solutions,” he added.

The integration, which includes plans for improving delivery, service and speed to market with innovative offerings, is to take place over the next six to nine months.

Expanding Reach All Around

David Garcia, Ceramic Polymer’s managing director, stated, “The A.W. Chesterton Company offers Ceramic Polymer a solid platform to strengthen its coverage and improve market penetration into North and South America.”

“Conversely, the Ceramic Polymer and Ultra Perform coatings will allow Chesterton greater access to China, Japan and SE Asia,” added Director of Integration Matthias Roehl, a founder of Ceramic Polymer.

Chesteron will use Ceramic Polymer’s existing manufacturing capability to expand the offering of REACH-Compliant ARC Coatings in the EU market.

REACH is the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals regulation mandated by the European Union in 2006.

Chesterton will also be able to take advantage of Ceramic Polymer’s warehouse facilities to serve to its EU customers with both ARC and IL MRO (industrial lubricant and maintenance) products.

Ceramic Polymer GmbH, which will continue to operate under that name, is now a fully owned subsidiary of Chesterton International B.V.

About A.W. Chesterton Company

Founded in 1884, A.W. Chesterton Company operates in over 110 countries around the world and is recognized as a leading sealing solutions provider for rotating, stationary, and fluid power equipment reliability and efficiency. Its sealing solutions are supported by a comprehensive line of protective industrial coatings, high-performance industrial lubricants, and advanced MRO products designed to extend equipment life and improve productivity.

The ARC Efficiency & Protective Coatings line is designed to help metal or concrete surfaces withstand challenging or aggressive industrial application environments.


Tagged categories: A.W. Chesterton Company; Acquisitions; Ceramic Polymer GmbH; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Industry News; Mergers; North America; Program/Project Management; Protective Coatings

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