Schulman pressing on with growth in Asia Pacific; acquires Australian firm

US-based compounds and resins supplier A. Schulman has acquired Australian firm Compco Pty, located near Melbourne, for US$6.7 million in cash. Compco is a manufacturer of a variety of plastic compounds and products including masterbatches and custom performance colors. Key markets include packaging, wire & cable and pipe. Compco achieved revenues of nearly US$15 million for its fiscal year ending June 30, 2014.

Joseph M. Gingo, Chairman, President and CEO of A. Schulman, stated, "This is our 10th acquisition in the last four years and, although it is relatively small compared with our entire organisation, the benefits of Compco's industry-leading technology will better position our business in the region and can be leveraged throughout our global footprint."

"Compco holds a strong position and significant growth potential in the Australian market and beyond, and its products are aligned with our strategic focus and objectives in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region," said Bernard Rzepka, Executive Vice President and COO of A. Schulman. "The acquisition expands the capabilities of our APAC operations and marks our first entry into the growing pipe and highly regulated wire & cable markets. This move is a positive next step as we remain committed to growing both organically and through acquisitions in the strategically important APAC region."

Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, Schulman’s customers span a wide range of markets such as packaging, mobility, building & construction, electronics & electrical, agriculture, personal care & hygiene, sports, leisure & home, custom services and others. The company employs approximately 3,800 people and has 43 manufacturing facilities globally. A. Schulman reported net sales of US$2.1 billion for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2013.


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