Monday, April 9, 2007

US paints company Sherwin-Williams to acquire Nitco Paints

Cleveland-based, US paint major Sherwin-Williams marked its maiden entry into the fast-growing Indian paints market by agreeing to acquire Nitco Paints, an unlisted unit of Nitco Tiles, for an undisclosed amount, assumed to be on the lower side of Rs. 200 crores. Sherwin-Williams has also paid an undisclosed sum towards maintaining ties with flagship company and group concern Nitco Tiles. Nitco Tiles is expected to benefit due to the symbiotic relationship between tiles and paints and a common customer base. The Indian management would be retained for now to enable Sherwin-Williams to have a better understanding of the local market. Later, the company would explore the products and technologies to be introduced in India.

Nitco Paints makes and sells exterior specialty paints in western India through a network of about 3,000 dealers. It posted sales of Rs. 80 crores last year. The acquisition will give the US-based company an established presence in the Indian paint industry, which has historically grown by 1.5 to 2 times of the Indian GDP on a year-to-year basis.

Sherwin-Williams is present in other emerging markets such as China, Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina. The company has a distribution network in 20 other countries through wholly-owned subsidiaries, joint ventures and licenses of technology, trademarks and trade names.

Read The Economic Times and the Business Standard articles.
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