March 18 2019, David R Brown
Safic-Alcan acquires UK-based specialty chemicals distributor, Langley-Smith & Company
Safic-Alcan UK, a major distributor of specialty chemicals and subsidiary of the Safic-Alcan Group, has announced that it has acquired 100% of Langley-Smith & Company. Langley-Smith was established in 1907 and is a specialty chemicals distributor in United Kingdom, Ireland and mainland Europe, with a focus on adhesives, paint and coatings, inks and varnishes, polymer modification, road marking and rubber processing markets. It is also a significant player in the beverage, animal feed and detergency sectors.
The acquisition of Langley-Smith will cement our position as a leader in the specialty chemicals distribution in the United Kingdom and IrelandYann Lissillour
Director of Mergers and Acquisitions, Safic Alcan
Langley-Smith is seen an excellent fit with Safic-Alcan's existing operations. “The acquisition of Langley-Smith will cement our position as a leader in the specialty chemicals distribution in the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as develop our capabilities in mainland Europe,” stated Yann Lissillour, Director of Mergers and Acquisitions for Safic Alcan.
David Crow, Owner & Managing Director of Langley-Smith, commented “Combining LangleySmith's longstanding presence and expertise with Safic-Alcan's excellent international network will open a new chapter for both companies 'industrial businesses'”.
“Langley-Smith is a family business that shares our values. They have decades of technical experience in-house from a variety of backgrounds, which enables them to provide 'innovative solutions'. Trusted by customers and suppliers, we are grateful that the owners will ensure a smooth transition to preserve the unrivalled expertise” concluded Philippe Combette, CEO of Safic-Alcan.
Safic-Alcan is a French independent distributor of specialty chemicals headquartered in Paris-La Défense (France). The Company develops and provides wide ranges of polymers, materials and additives for the rubber, coatings, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics industries. The Group is present in all major countries of the European Union, as well as in Turkey, and China with on-going strategic development in Eastern Europe, the USA and Mexico. In 2018, Safic-Alcan posted sales revenues of EUR 611 million.
Source(s): Safic Alcan Press Release