Ariston Thermo acquires Calorex in Mexico

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Paolo Merloni, Executive Chairman of Ariston Thermo

Ariston Thermo has agreed to acquire from Grupo Industrial Saltillo (a Mexican conglomerate) 100% of Calorex, a company with a significant leadership in Mexico in water heating solutions for residential and commercial use. With over 70 years of history and a well-established presence in Mexico, the company is engaged in the design, production, marketing and distribution of natural gas, electric and solar water heaters mainly branded Calorex, Cinsa and Optimus. The company also offers a range of complementary products such as plastic, copper and cast iron pipe fittings, water heaters installation kits, steel flanges and other related plumbing system products. Besides, employing over 850 people, it has its headquarters in Mexico City and its production plant in Saltillo, in the Northern State of Coahuila. In 2017, the company recorded a turnover of around 130 million US dollars (around 115 million Euros), 20 million of which in the US. With this acquisition, Ariston Thermo reinforces its presence in America, acquiring a leadership position in Mexico and setting a cornerstone to strengthen the growth potential in North America as well as in Central and Latin America. “The acquisition of Calorex is in continuity with the strategy we launched some years ago to build an American industrial platform for our Group – explained Paolo Merloni, Executive Chairman of Ariston Thermo -. With Calorex and its leading brands, Ariston Thermo significantly strengthens this path began in 2016 with the acquisition of NTI in Canada and pursued in 2017 with HTP in the United States. Calorex brings to the Group a distinct leadership in the Mexican market, a wide range of products and brands in line with Ariston Thermo’s strategies, a solid presence in the US, a local plant, but above all the expertise of its management and its people. This acquisition allows us to significantly enter Mexico, which is among the top twelve world economies, a young and growing country with over 120 million inhabitants with an average age of 31, strongly connected with the US and Canada; furthermore, it allows us to strengthen our presence in the US, given that HTP and Calorex have highly complementary products portfolios”.