Chemetall Purchase Boosts its Aluminum Finishing Portfolio

The transaction will enhance Chemetall's integrated portfolio for the aluminum finishing industry.

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Chemetall, a specialty chemicals company and global business unit of Albemarle Corp. headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, announced that it has acquired the business of Chemal GmbH & Co. KG, based in Hamm, Germany. The transaction will enhance Chemetall's integrated portfolio for the aluminum finishing industry.

Founded in 1975, Chemal GmbH & Co. KG specializes in the research and development of surface finishing chemicals for aluminum and its alloys, specifically with anodizing and pretreatment technologies.

“This transaction will expand our expertise in this market and, combined with strong technical services offered by our wholly-owned subsidiaries around the world, will enable us to further expand our presence in a key market,” says Joris Merckx, president of Chemetall.

Chemetall note that it has achieved a growing reputation in the aluminum finishing industry with chrome-free pretreatment technologies, such as the zirconium-titanium Gardobond X and its silane-based, multi-metal Oxsilan technology.

“Our customers expect us to deliver a full portfolio of solutions to meet upcoming environmental legislation and achieve process cost savings,” says Martin Ings, the global segment manager of aluminum finishing. “With the completion of this acquisition we can offer differentiated products and services to bring true value for our customers with minimal investments.”