above left Complementing its Universal Sealants Ltd.
infrastructure construction business, RPM acquired Pipeline & Drainage Systems, a
UK-based supplier of curb, bridge and channel drainage products. above right Also expanding RPM’s European footprint was the acquisition of Hummervoll
Industribelegg AS, a Norwegian supplier of industrial flooring systems.
right RPM’s most recent acquisition, API s.p.a., is
a leading supplier of polymer flooring systems
for cruise ships and other large vessels. Here,
API’s Flexigel Decoro polyurethane system with
high scratch and UV resistance provides colorful
enhancements to a children’s water park on board
the Carnival Splendor.
left By establishing a local presence, Flowcrete has
grown in Asian markets such as Thailand, where
it installed a 200,000-square-foot Deckshield
polyurethane resin flooring system for a car
park and helipad at the Faculty of Medicine
Ramathibodi Hospital. This localized approach is
also working in India, where Flowcrete recently
opened a manufacturing plant.
right Because of the performance characteristics of
Mantrose-Haeuser’s natural shellacs, major
cosmetics companies such as Estée Lauder,
L’Oreal and Proctor & Gamble use them in their
Increasing RPM’s Growth Momentum
Propelling RPM forward is the company’s two-pronged growth strategy,
which includes the acquisition of complementary businesses and the
implementation of internal growth initiatives.
RPM has long been recognized as a leading industry
consolidator. Its value proposition is particularly
appealing to owner-entrepreneurs who, upon joining
RPM, maintain the autonomy to run their businesses
with their existing management team in a decentralized
operating structure. Additionally, they gain access to
RPM’s vast operational and financial resources that can
help them accelerate their growth. As a testament to
this strategy, more than one-third of RPM’s operating
companies today are managed by their founders or
second- or third-generation family members.
Equally important are the internal initiatives that drive
RPM’s growth. Its operating units are continuously
developing new products and services, capturing market
share from their competitors, creating new markets by
addressing previously unmet demand and expanding into
new geographies. In addition, they are seizing on global
macroeconomic trends that present significant growth
opportunities, such as maintenance needs, sustainable
building, energy demand, and aging infrastructure.
Aiming to improve building design, construction and materials
performance, Tremco’s Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing
Division launched a state-of-the-art test facility. It conducts
controlled testing of air barrier systems and building enclosures
to gauge their resistance to wind, air and moisture infiltration, and
other environmental conditions. Tremco is the only building materials
manufacturer known to have such a technically advanced facility.
right Since the 2007 acquisition of UK-based
Tor Coatings, Rust-Oleum
has built a new 40,000-square-foot high-speed aerosol filling line at
Tor’s Birtley facility and partnered with British home improvement
personality Sarah Beeny to introduce the Rust-Oleum brand to the
UK. It has quickly captured market share and recently replaced a
major competitor at B&Q, the largest home improvement retailer in
the UK and Europe.
left Always innovating, Rust-Oleum’s new
Countertop and Cabinet Transformations kits
have quickly become a hit with consumers.
They allow do-it-yourselfers to give their
kitchens a fresh, up-to-date look at a fraction
of the time and expense of a traditional remodel.
Cabinet Transformations are available in 70 different
color combinations, while Countertop Transformations
can replicate the look of today’s most sought-after
countertop materials, like natural stone.
right Like it has successfully done with other
products, Rust-Oleum is leveraging the strong
equity in its brand name by applying it to
Rust-Oleum Wood Care, a line of stains,
varnishes, polyurethanes and other wood
coatings for interior or exterior applications.
left Liquid Elements is
Stonhard’s new division that provides artfully
poured floors to high-end retail establishments, hotels, restaurants
and showrooms. Liquid Elements Smooth floor, shown here in Berlin
Night, is a contemporary offering that can enhance the showroom
floors of auto dealerships.
Demonstrating RPM’s reputation as the industry’s “best
home for entrepreneurial businesses” is FibreGrid Limited
Since its acquisition and integration into RPM’s Watco UK
business last fiscal year, the family-run safety products
supplier has grown significantly. Here, its anti-slip products
are being installed on residence hall stairs and landing
areas at the University of Surrey.