Chemetall, a unit of specialy chemicals maker Albemarle Corp. in Baton Rouge, has acquired the aluminum finish business of Chemal GmbH & Co. KG, based in Hamm, Germany.

Chemal GmbH specializes in research and development of surface finishing chemicals for aluminum and its alloys. Chemetall said the acquisition will bolster its portfolio in the aluminum finishing industry.

“Consisting of advanced pretreatment and anodizing technologies, Chemetall is one of the few players globally positioned with a comprehensive product range for the aluminium finishing industry,” said Joris Merckx, president of Chemetall. “This transaction will expand our expertise in this market and, combined with strong technical services offered by our wholly-owned subsidiaries around the world, will enable us to further expand our presence in a key market.”

“Our customers expect us to deliver a full portfolio of solutions to meet upcoming environmental legislation and achieve process cost savings,” said Martin Ings, global segment manager, aluminium finishing.