Mitsui to Make Additional Investment in a Europe-based Paint and Coatings Manufacturer

Feb. 8, 2024

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Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui", Head Office: Tokyo, President and CEO: Kenichi Hori) has decided to make additional investment, together with Kansai Paint Co., Ltd. ("KANSAI PAINT", Head Office: Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, President: Kunishi Mori), in Kansai Helios Coatings GmbH ("KANSAI HELIOS", Head Office: Vienna, Austria, President: Dietmar Jost), a Europe-based paint and coatings manufacturer, in which Mitsui has a 20% stake and KANSAI PAINT 80%. This additional investment is aimed at financing KANSAI HELIOS' acquisition of WEILBURGER Coatings GmbH (Head Office: Weilburg, Germany, CEO: Frank Glaser) and WEILBURGER Asia Ltd., located in Hong Kong (hereinafter collectively referred to as "WEILBURGER"), which engages in the manufacturing and sales of industrial coatings. KANSAI HELIOS plans to sign a share purchase agreement for the acquisition of WEILBURGER on February 09th, 2024.

Founded in Germany in 1900, WEILBURGER is a long-established coatings manufacturer with business operations in Germany, Italy, France, Turkey, Brazil, India, China, and the US. With a forecasted consolidated sales turnover of approximately 150 million EUR in the fiscal year 2023, it has built a solid presence in the industrial coatings market, offering such products as non-stick coatings for cookware and electrical appliances, as well as heat-resistant coatings and railway coatings.

KANSAI HELIOS supplies a wide range of coatings products for use on railway rolling stock, agricultural and construction machinery, and metal products. It has expanded its business mainly throughout Europe, including Austria, Slovenia, Germany, and France. The acquisition of WEILBURGER will further strengthen KANSAI HELIOS' presence in Europe and expand its reach into growth markets beyond Europe.

KANSAI HELIOS has implemented its growth strategy and executed several asset and business acquisitions recently through close alignment with KANSAI PAINT and Mitsui. By providing funds to KANSAI HELIOS to acquire WEILBURGER, Mitsui will continue to support the further growth of KANSAI HELIOS spurred by this acquisition. Furthermore, leveraging its global business base and networks, extensive industrial knowledge, and specialized regional expertise, Mitsui will reinforce its profit base in the coatings business.

Company Profile

Company name Kansai Helios Coatings GmbH
Location Vienna, Republic of Austria, and other locations
Established 2005
Representative President and Executive Director: Dietmar Jost
Employees Approx. 2,600
Business activities 1. Manufacturing and sales of coatings
2. Manufacturing and sales of synthetic resins
3. Manufacturing and sales of adhesives and other chemicals products
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Weilburger's coatings manufacturing plant at the headquarters in Germany

Weilburger's coatings manufacturing plant at the headquarters in Germany

Mitsui’s Materiality

“Build brighter futures, everywhere” as our corporate mission, and to gain the trust and expectations of our stakeholders to realize a better tomorrow for earth and for people around the world, we have identified five material issues (“Materiality”) for Mitsui’s sustainable growth. We anticipate this particular project/ business to contribute especially to the realization of “Secure sustainable supply of essential products” and “Enhance quality of life” and “Create an eco-friendly society”

  • Secure sustainable supply of essential products

    Secure sustainable supply of essential products

  • Enhance quality of life

    Enhance quality of life

  • Create an eco-friendly society

    Create an eco-friendly society

  • Develop talent leading to value creation

    Develop talent leading to value creation

  • Build an organization with integrity

    Build an organization with integrity


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