Posted 7th Dec 2017

Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces to buy two UK wall panel firms

By KBBDaily on 7th December 2017 - 08:00am

Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces, the Texas-based owner of Wilsonart UK, is set to acquire UK shower wall manufacturer Mermaid Panels and wall panel manufacturer Shore Laminates in a deal that will “broaden Wilsonart's engineered surfaces business and expand its European presence”, according to the company.

Shore Laminates – founded in 1991 – is a Perth-headquartered manufacturer of wall panel systems for the kitchen and bathroom markets with five locations across the UK, while Mermaid Panels is a Grimsby-based manufacturer of wall and shower panels.

“Shore & Mermaid bring exciting design and innovative products to the market,” said Wilsonart Western Europe president Tim Pearson. “The addition of these two companies to the Wilsonart portfolio reinforces our commitment to providing surfacing solutions for a wide range of interior demands.”

Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces CEO Tim O'Brien added: “Shore & Mermaid are good complements to Wilsonart’s other European businesses, including brand leaders Polyrey and Resopal. Wilsonart acquired Bushboard, the leading producer of wet wall systems and worktops, in 2016.

“Shore & Mermaid provide additional depth and new technologies to broaden Wilsonart’s engineered surfaces story. As part of the Wilsonart portfolio, both brands have significant opportunity to expand into new geographies across Europe,” O'Brien said.

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