• About Us

    Who We Were and Who We Are

  • About Us

    Who We Were and Who We Are

  • About Us

    Who We Were and Who We Are

  • About Us

    Who We Were and Who We Are

W. Canning & Co in Birmingham is founded. W. Canning & Co becomes part of our company in 1998

W. Canning & Co in Birmingham is founded. W. Canning & Co becomes part of our company in 1998
1785

Autotype Origins

Autotype Origins
1868

Founder Joseph Swan patents a permanent photographic image process. 

I. Shonberg Inc.

I. Shonberg Inc.
1872

Originally founded in 1872 as a metal smelter and refiner incorporated as I. Shonberg Inc., Alpha becomes Alpha Metals, Inc.

Archie J. MacDermid

Archie J. MacDermid
1922

A young Scottish immigrant by the name of Archie J. MacDermid starts a small metal finishing business in Waterbury, CT.

Enthone Begins Operations

Enthone Begins Operations
1930

An auto-body shop owner, a chemist, and a lacquer salesman start a business in a small garage in New Haven, CT.

Printing Blanket Manufacturing Process Begins in Adams, MA

Printing Blanket Manufacturing Process Begins in Adams, MA
1945

Production of Textile Blankets begins and a decade later the business is acquired by W.R. Grace.  This business ultimately becomes MacDermid Printing Solutions.

Metal Finishing Roots

Metal Finishing Roots
1950's - 1970's

MacDermid expands from its metal finishing roots into plating on plastics and electronics, and also expands globally into Europe and Asia.

Electrochemicals, Inc. is Founded

Electrochemicals, Inc. is Founded
1964

Originally based in Cleveland, OH, Electrochemicals in time becomes part of OMG.

Alpha Metals, Inc.

Alpha Metals, Inc.
1970

Alpha Metals, Inc. begins to expand internationally –England, Italy, Germany, Hong Kong, France, Ireland, Korea, Japan, Philippines, China and Malaysia.

Isaac Bentley & Co join the Offshore Fluids Industry

Isaac Bentley & Co join the Offshore Fluids Industry
1976

The business is then acquired by W. Canning & Co in 1988.

Circuit Chemistry Mfg Corp is Founded

Circuit Chemistry Mfg Corp is Founded
1981

Based in Maple Plain, MN, Circuit Chemistry eventually becomes part of OMG.

Autotype Product Portfolio Diversified

Autotype Product Portfolio Diversified
1988

Product offerings now include hardcoated film applications for control panels and nameplates.

Film Insert Molding

Film Insert Molding
1992

Autotype introduces unique formable hardcoated materials for film insert Molding.

MacDermid Offshore Solutions

MacDermid Offshore Solutions
1998

MacDermid purchases W. Canning & Co and spins off a new division in the offshore fluids business.

MacDermid Significantly Expands Industrial Business

MacDermid Significantly Expands Industrial Business
1999

In addition to the W. Canning & Co purchase, MacDermid acquires Galvanevet and Ytema which brings MacDermid to the forefront as a global supplier of metal finishing chemistry.

Mergers and Acquisitions including W.R. Grace, Hercules and Polyfibron form MacDermid Printing Solutions

Mergers and Acquisitions including W.R. Grace, Hercules and Polyfibron form MacDermid Printing Solutions
2002

Electrochemicals, known as Rockwood Electronic Chemicals since 2000, is acquired by OM Group and becomes OMG Electronic Chemicals, LLC

Electrochemicals, known as Rockwood Electronic Chemicals since 2000, is acquired by OM Group and becomes OMG Electronic Chemicals, LLC
2008

MacDermid Printing Solutions, now MacDermid Graphics Solutions, introduces LUX Flat-Top Dot Technology

MacDermid Printing Solutions, now MacDermid Graphics Solutions, introduces LUX Flat-Top Dot Technology
2010

Alpha & Enthone Demerger From Cookson To Form Alent, plc

Alpha & Enthone Demerger From Cookson To Form Alent, plc
2012

Platform Specialty Products Corporation Is Formed

Platform Specialty Products Corporation Is Formed
2013

MacDermid Inc is Platform Specialty Product’s first acquisition.

Enthone Opens ViaForm Copper Damascene Manufacturing Facility

Enthone Opens ViaForm Copper Damascene Manufacturing Facility
2014 - 2015

The site is being transformed into the Enthone Advanced Technology Center with completion set for the end of 2016

Alent plc & OMG Electronic Chemicals Are Acquired By Platform Specialty Products Corporation

Alent plc & OMG Electronic Chemicals Are Acquired By Platform Specialty Products Corporation
2015

Becoming MacDermid Performance Solutions

Becoming MacDermid Performance Solutions
2016

MacDermid combines operations with acquired businesses from Alent (Enthone and Alpha Assembly Materials) and OMG (Electronic Chemicals and Compugraphics). The new single entity – called MacDermid Performance Solutions – provides an enhanced innovation and service structure for customers around the world and at every step of the supply chain.

OUR BUSINESS

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MacDermid Performance Solutions is in the international business of researching, developing, acquiring, manufacturing, marketing, and servicing, for optimum profit to us and our customers, specialty chemicals and systems for the metal and plastic finishing, electronics, graphic arts and offshore oil industries – in accordance with accepted ecologic and social considerations.

OUR CUSTOMERS

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We will create an industry image that automatically causes people in the industries we serve to think first of MacDermid Performance Solutions.

We will justify their action by first thinking of the customers' needs – what's right for them makes it right for our company, by supplying a total system including processes, know-how and services that assist in meeting all their needs.

OUR PEOPLE

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We continue to believe in the supreme worth of the individual and the dignity of his or her work for the benefit of all. We will provide the opportunity for our people to fulfill satisfactorily their own personal objectives and ambitions and reward them in proportion to their contribution toward achieving the Corporate objectives.

We will continue to be a place of opportunity where people "have the guts to fail." We will encourage the entrepreneurs and innovators. We will continually challenge the goals, objectives, organization and all the operating and procedural aspects of our business and modify them when needed.

Our progress and your progress, our Company’s long-term advantage and your long-term advantage, lie in our human resources. Other advantages that come about from technological improvements, the opening of new markets, lower costs, etc., all prove to be relatively short run. So, basically, it is the initiative, the will and the motivation that people bring to their work on which we rely for our survival and growth.

We will continue to try to attract new people who have creative and probing minds; people who will at times be disturbing – questioning policy and procedures. If we are wise, we will welcome it, resolve it, put it to work or forget it.

We will continue to expand with the best possible talent available and continue to train them, and ourselves, so that we each increase our ability to contribute to the Company's progress.

We will each strive to exemplify our spirit of teamwork and cooperation throughout the organization which has been instrumental to our past and present growth as a corporation.

WHAT WE EXPECT FROM YOU

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First and foremost, we expect of you a fundamental honesty – honesty with yourself, with your company and with all those with whom you interact, whether they be associates within our organization, our customers or society in general. Character and strength have always been born of honesty and a willingness to face up to the truth of each situation as it arises.

Second, we expect and insist on hard work. An easy life, marked by the absence of difficulty, builds neither character nor happiness. We believe that self-realization of the individual is founded on accomplishment, which implies a willingness to make the sacrifices necessary to get the job done the way it should be done.

Third, we expect you to accept responsibility. Every assignment you will have carries with it a responsibility for accomplishment. Commit yourself to achievement which you consider beyond the scope of your talents and then program your effort to translate it into a reality.

Fourth, we expect of you a loyalty – loyalty to yourself, your family, your associates, your organization and our customers. We have always worked together as an organization and your own personal achievements will be measured in terms of the contribution you make to our joint effort.

Fifth, we expect you to demonstrate good judgment. Judgment is essentially an ability to appraise facts. Factual knowledge must come before good judgment. This means you must continually educate yourself on our Company, our products and our industry. In this way, you will have the material on which a sound appraisal of good judgment is based.

This is what we expect of you, and being in an extremely competitive environment, we have a real urgency in this expectancy.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM US

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One, you can expect from us the fairest treatment of which we are capable – fair in respect to matters of compensation, fair in respect to working conditions and fair in respect to personnel policies.

Two, you can expect from us, as a company, complete honesty in whatever we do. Your assignments will never compromise the principles of honesty and common decency which we also expect you, as an individual, to uphold.

Three, you can expect that we will provide assignments which will represent challenges to you – assignments which will enable you to grow toward your professional and personal objectives.

Four, you can expect that we will offer opportunities for advancement. Our desire is to grow from within.

Five, you can expect that we will be a demanding organization – demanding of your time, your talents and the best which you as an individual have to offer. In this way our company will grow and you will grow with it.

Perhaps all this can best be summarized in these words from an unknown author:

"Create mental pictures of your goals, then work to make those pictures become realities. Exercise your God-given power to choose your own direction and influence your own destiny and try to decide wisely and well.
Have the daring to open doors to new experiences and to step boldly forth to explore strange horizons. Be unafraid of new ideas, new theories and new philosophies.

Have the curiosity to experiment...to test and try new ways of living and thinking. Recognize that the only ceiling life has is the one you give it and come to realize that you are surrounded by infinite possibilities for growth and achievement.

Keep your heart young and your expectations high and never allow your dreams to die."

With over 4,000 people in operating facilities across more than 50 countries, MacDermid Performance Solutions has established a growing legacy of creating technological advances that lead to improved manufacturing and lower production costs for clients globally. From our humble beginnings in the late 19th century to its worldwide expertise today, companies in the electronics, graphic arts, metal & plastic plating, offshore oil production and drilling markets have used our innovation as a critical advantage – relying on us to help them succeed now and in the future.