Antonio Molina

From a local paint company to an international group

The history of the Mäder Group began in 1993 in Maroeuil, in the Pas-de-Calais, France.
Corsain, specialising in the manufacture of paint, was in the process of being acquired a large group.

Jobs in Maroeuil were clearly threatened in the short term by this takeover. With the vision of Antonio Molina, a number of employees and the local Mayor took action to establish a takeover that would guarantee jobs. The objective was not to break up Corsain, but to rapidly expand the business firstly on a national level to secure the future, and then to establish it on a European and international level.

To achieve this, Antonio Molina decided to opt for the development of high-technology products – leading to the takeover of Bolloré Jival (industrial paint, notably for the Aviation market) in 1996, and Soritec-Corsolac (paint for Plastics and General Industry) in 1999.

Other acquisitions followed, but it was in 2000 that a decisive step forward was taken in the development of the business with the takeover of the Swiss Group, Mäder: a group specialising in environmentally-friendly paint and high-technology resins.

For fifteen years the Group’s activities were to focus on three main areas: resins, paint and services. International expansion continued, notably by the setup of partnerships and the creation of subsidiaries and production sites: the prime objective being to optimise sales/marketing, production and research activities.

Since then, growth of the Mäder Group has been built on a number of core principles:

  • Fast, proactive, controlled growth, with respect for cultural and social values.
  • External growth able to ensure constant synergy between newly integrated and existing companies.
  • Balanced growth between the various historic countries that have become the foundations of international development.
  • Organic growth largely sustained by technological products, high added-value niche markets, and focused commercial teams.