Bethany, Conn. -- Laticrete International has acquired Benfer Schomburg S.R.L. Benfer is a producer of adhesives and sealants for ceramic and natural stone floor and wall coverings with an impressive track record of growth and customer base. The general management of the company will continue under the direction of Giorgio Cocchi, owner, with support of Eddy Bonucelli, Laticrete Regional Director of Europe. With this acquisition, Laticrete will expand its production and presence in the European market.

Since 1965, Benfer has been active in the European and international markets producing and selling adhesives, sealants and rapid setting self-leveling products; waterproofing for different types of sub-bases; rapid drying screed; systems for installation on wood paneling, corrosion inhibitors, and accessories for repairs and protection. In 2008, the Benfer Schomburg joint venture was formed with Benfer and German Company, Schomburg Group.

“This acquisition is an important step forward for us as part of our strategic plan for continued international expansion, through the introduction of new production and business support in Europe,” said Erno de Bruijn, president and COO, Laticrete International division. “The Benfer product portfolio highly complements our existing offerings and allows us to expand our market access and manufacturing capabilities.”

The 16,000 square meter (172,222 square foot) Benfer facility is located in the Castelnuovo Rangone region of Italy and is equipped with fully automated production. The facility also has the capacity to produce the additional volume from Laticrete Europe SRL.

“With this step, Schomburg is consolidating overlapping sales and production activities in Southern Europe and therefore concentrates further on the development of the core brand of Schomburg with 100% owned subsidiaries,” said Alexander Weber, acting partner of Schomburg GmbH & Co. KG.

Laticrete and Benfer are complementary in product offerings and market penetration. Benfer's strong position in the European market will open up new business opportunities for Laticrete Europe SRL and allow for immediate synergies.

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