08. February 2019 | News, Views & Markets

Schaetti and Dakota merger

Granulat für thermoplastische Hotmelts
Granules for thermoplastic hotmelts
Source: Schaetti Holding AG
Schaetti Holding AG of Switzerland and Dakota Group of Belgium have merged to become Fixatti, a global niche market leader in thermoplastic and thermosetting adhesives. The transaction was already announced to its business partners in October and has closed on November 7, 2018.

Schaetti and Dakota are both considered to be market leaders in the adhesive powder and coating industry. Whereas Schaetti can leverage on their own polymerization of thermoplastic co-polyamides and co-polyesters, next to grinding, compounding and blending of a variety of polymers, Dakota has always been a very strong player in different but complementary niche products, such as the production of Epoxy Polyester binding resins for the acoustic felt business and high value polyurethanes for the custom heat transfer and conveyor belt industry. Together they target to expand their product ranges to further supply the automotive, building, textile, furniture, footwear and metal coating industry.

The companies decided to combine forces to offer unique synergies in the specialty polymer market, a broad product expertise and know-how to best support their customers.

Fixatti further stands for two complementary companies Schaetti and Dakota, with the same DNA and track record, both provider of a wide range of products, worldwide offices and production sites in Germany, Belgium and Shanghai. Fixatti will further facilitate the timely development of new projects, optimize manufacturing and provide a short supply chain close to customer’s needs.

The extended product portfolio includes co-polymers such as co-polyamides, co-polyesters and polyurethanes and many more for specific applications. Mr. Gertjan De Creus has been appointed as the group CEO of the new company. He has been leading Dakota very successfully for the last 5 years. Apart from the absorption of Schaetti America Inc. by Dakota Coatings Inc. and the absorption of B-Polymers (Suzhou) Trading Co Ltd by Schaetti (Shanghai) Hotmelt Adhesive Co Ltd, the group structure remains unchanged.

edited by Petra Gottwald

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