In the future, Stahl intends to further develop, strengthen and broaden its core specialty coatings franchise. The acquisition of ISG, on March 16, 2023, is a perfect example of that strategic plan. Longer term, Stahl will continue to reinforce its position as the worldwide leader of high-performance coatings for flexible substrates, through organic developments, expanding its current scope of business and gaining further market share, as well as targeted acquisitions.
Stahl also intends to increase the levels of premiumization and specialization to further support its premium margin model.
The group will continue to capitalize on its strengths, which are its global leadership, unmatched innovation capabilities (innovative environmentally friendly solutions and customized technologies), its strong relationships with top clients, its exposure to fast-growing markets and its active cost and cash flow management (strict financial discipline and value-adding investments).
Stahl remains buoyed by strong long-term trends, such as the shift in its markets towards emerging markets, particularly in Asia, and increasing environmental regulations, which are beneficial to Stahl market shares, given its innovation leadership and its unmatched portfolio of solutions complying with these regulations throughout the production chain. The trend towards bio-based chemicals will continue to develop in the future, and Stahl is well positioned to benefit with largely water based formulations and recently launched ranges of products with high levels of renewable content.
Benefitting from a strong financial structure, Stahl is actively reviewing targeted acquisition opportunities, with a focus on specialty coatings.