“2022 was a challenging year in the region but our teams demonstrated great resilience and we’re excited to deliver on our Growth with Purpose strategy. We have a strong focus on innovation and sustainability for the benefit of our customers.”
Divisional CEO EMEA
Aliaxis, has a long-standing presence in the European market under the Aliaxis name, as well as a series of well-established brands – Nicoll in France, Marley and Friatec in Germany, Jimten in Spain, GPS in the UK, FIP and Redi in Italy.
Market conditions were tough in the region in 2022, as inflationary pressures and high energy prices continued to impact us, exacerbated by the Russo-Ukrainian war.
After a strong start to the year, we saw a significant slowdown in demand in the second half, mainly in the building sector and due to destocking by some of our distributors. Our teams showed great resilience in the face of these challenges which led to a rise in revenues but a fall in our current EBITDA for the region.
We continued to invest in growth despite the difficult trading conditions, and our purchase of Lareter, a leader in Italy’s industrial sector, was a standout transaction for the group in 2022. It allows us to offer customers a wider range of advanced solutions in the industrial segment in line with our strategic goal to provide complete solutions across our entire product range throughout Europe.
We are working ever more closely with customers to create new solutions, with a focus on innovation and sustainability. We were delighted to relocate our R&D to a new state-of-the-art research hub near Paris, equipped with additional customer co-creation space and focusing on water technologies and plastics recycling.
Our transition to renewable electricity is gathering pace in the region, with the Netherlands and Poland now amongst the leading countries globally.
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Colleagues in Poland have shown amazing solidarity with people forced to flee the conflict in Ukraine, hosting 50 refugees and providing full time jobs for 13 of them.
We’ve fitted solar panels to the roofs of our two Spanish plants in Alicante and Okondo, but are aiming for self-sufficiency, expanding on-site solar and, ultimately, looking to build or purchase a dedicated solar farm.
The Olesnica plant in Poland is setting the pace on gender diversity, with women making up 43% of the workforce. Between 2016 and 2021, Aliaxis Poland’s sales doubled through product innovation and by entering new markets. It’s making great strides on using recycled material and is a leader on renewable electricity.
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We’re transforming how we sell to customers with a new, e-commerce platform, designed in collaboration with our valued distributors. The portal, realised in just one year, will improve the buying experience, free up our sales and customer teams and can easily be applied across other Aliaxis markets.
In the east of England, we’re working with Anglian Water, on Europe’s single largest water infrastructure project.Read more
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