Specialty chemicals
June 2017

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CHRYSO is a speciality chemicals group that designs and produces additives and admixtures to improve the performance of construction materials such as concrete and cement. It also provides construction systems for the repair and maintenance of buildings.

The Group is based in France and has global operations with sales in more than 100 countries. It has 29 manufacturing facilities worldwide and four R&D centres, employing a total of around 1,130 people.

Rationale and strategy
Cinven’s Industrials and French teams identified CHRYSO as an attractive investment opportunity based on the Group’s strong position in an attractive sector which benefits from an increasing expenditure on infrastructure; growing urbanisation in emerging economies; and a housing-market recovery in Europe and the US. In addition, the Group has identified attractive expansion opportunities in the Middle East and South-East Asia.

CHRYSO is led by an experienced management team with a successful record of acquiring and integrating business, including six acquisitions in the past two years. The Group also has a strong focus on both innovation through its R&D centres, and customer service. 

CHRYSO is a responsible company that is committed to sustainable development.