Pipelife: Acquisition of Irish firm

Irish firm Quality Plastics has been acquired by Pipelife, a joint venture between Solvay and Weinerberger. The specialist pipes and fittings company has a strong focus on hot & cold water systems, which are suitable for replacing metals in many applications. Quality Plastics manufacturers cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) multi-layer, polyethylene and polybutylene pipes, along with a wide range of fittings and accessories at two factories near Cork. The company, which is also present in the UK and exports to a number of European countries, has 174 employees and annual sales of €42m. Pipelife CEO Miguel Kohlmann said: “Quality Plastics is a perfect complement for us and will reinforce one of Pipeline’s fastest growing product lines – hot & cold – while giving us access to the Irish and UK markets. Quality Plastics managing director Gary Horgan said: “From our point of view it is the perfect time to become part of the Pipelife group. We have found a partner that will be able to accelerate our growth and give us a real international dimension.”

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