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Sihl – Coating specialist acquired by Equistone

GERMANY/SWITZERLAND • Funds managed by Equistone Partners Europe have acquired a majority stake in the Sihl Group, alongside its current management, from Italian business Diatec Holding. In 2015, the Group employed over 500 staff, generated more than EUR 140 million in revenue, and distributed its products in around 90 countries.

The Sihl Group has specialised in the coating of paper, films, and fabrics for over 100 years, nowadays primarily for digital printing, and has roots reaching back over 500 years. Its customers include companies from a diverse range of sectors, such as architecture, printing and publishing, industrials, advertising and design, photography, and transport and logistics, as well as private individuals. With factories in Bern, Switzerland, and Düren, Germany, a logistics and converting centre in Fiskeville, USA, and an extensive network of distribution, the company is one of the leading manufacturers of coated and converted papers, films, and fabrics.

Sihl Group has built out an attractive and innovative product portfolio through intensive R&D activity and its modern production facilities. Its offering ranges from premium papers for photo and art printing and large-format media for inkjet or laser printing, through thermal papers for tickets, labelling materials, packaging materials, and self-adhesive products, to coated papers and films for industrial applications.

Armin Karl Geiger

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