Milliken & Company, a leading supplier of polymer-bound colourants and additives, has acquired Keystone Aniline Corporation, a global leader in dyes, pigments, pigment dispersions and polymers, headquartered in Chicago, Ill. This move joins two successful organisations with complementary expertise and capabilities to offer customers a broader array of advanced colourant solutions, technologies and services. Further, the acquisition enables customers to streamline their supply chains by allowing them to obtain a wider range of products from a single source. Customers will see enhanced reliability of supply through Milliken’s acquirement of Keystone’s multiple facilities around the world.
“This acquisition has far-reaching benefits for everyone involved,” said Russ Rudolph, Vice President, Performance Colorants & Ingredients for Milliken. “Our combined customers win through greater availability of proven colourant technologies and resources that can help them penetrate and grow new markets to gain a competitive advantage. Our suppliers can expect new opportunities that will allow them to play a greater role in serving our expanded organisation. From a business perspective, we look forward to accelerating our growth and creating greater value.”
Complementary Expertise, Shared Strengths
Both Milliken and Keystone currently provide colourant technologies to the agricultural, plastics, coatings, inks and household institutional and industrial markets. Their customers rarely overlap because, until today, the two companies had specialised in different product areas. With a core focus on polymeric colourants, Milliken’s Performance Colorants & Ingredients business is renowned for its innovative chemistry and ability to synthesise new molecules, while Keystone brings exceptional formulation skills and application development technology to the table, creating a robust portfolio.
“By combining our product portfolios and specialised colourant knowledge with Milliken’s solutions and expertise, we create business and market synergies that will drive new global opportunities and better meet the evolving needs of our customers,” said John Andrews, CEO of Keystone. “The resulting organisation will possess greater breadth and depth across the board, from research and development to formulation capabilities, quality control and product stewardship. This partnership will be a part of Milliken’s future growth and success.”
Both entities are privately held, family-owned companies with long histories in the colourants industry: 97 years for Keystone and 152 for Milliken. They share fundamental values including a strong emphasis on business ethics, as demonstrated by their leadership in regulatory compliance and safety. Both have been successful individually, with growth rates that exceed the market average. Milliken and Keystone operate globally, with facilities in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia.