The Engineering Materials market is changing rapidly. Innovation will continue to result in materials with valuable properties and applications; these may replace incumbent materials. End markets are also undergoing drastic change, for example in the automotive industry, where the use of Electric Vehicles is gathering momentum, resulting in a shift in demand for construction materials, and for the necessary charging infrastructure. This shift has primed the sector for M&A activity.
Engineering materials are those used to build a wide range of products, including automobiles, aerospace equipment, and machinery. Broadly, they can be categorised into Polymers, Metals, Ceramics and Composites. Choice of material rests on their relevant favourable characteristics such as hardness, corrosion resistance, heat resistance and electrical properties, also their ability to provide lightweighting when substituted in place of other materials.
Below are some of the key market sectors of the Engineering Materials industry in which the Natrium Capital team has direct experience over three decades:
Our scientific focus is crucial in understanding the potential of new materials and we have unrivalled experience of meeting the challenges of corporate finance in the Engineering Materials sector, derived from our experience with high-level international transactions over the last thirty years. Most recently, we have advised PPG on the sale of its European fiber glass operations to Nippon Electric Glass Company. This transaction was across three continents, straddling multiple time zones, and required a flexible approach led by staff in London.
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Drawing on the local market expertise of our international partners, Natrium Capital has significant global reach.