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GracoRoberts Acquires Silmid

Customer Communication

March 2021  

We are excited to announce that GracoRoberts has acquired Sil-Mid Limited to forge the largest aerospace-focused and specification-driven specialty chemicals distributor around the globe.

The winning combination, including the December 2020 acquisition of Able Aerospace Adhesives, provides GracoRoberts with over 200 years of combined domestic and international aerospace expertise, most notably in the OEM, military and defence, and MRO markets. It offers the global aerospace community a larger portfolio of products and operational efficiencies in more warehouse locations, a streamlined customer experience through a standards-setting online distribution channel, and value-added services -- all in support of the evolving needs of its customer and supplier partners.  

Silmid’s differentiation is in providing on-demand access to tens of thousands of aerospace specialty chemicals globally through its ecommerce platform. The website provides a scalable and repeatable business model that will offer new procurement opportunities and a simple and fast buying experience for GracoRoberts’ customers. This web-centric approach to distribution, coupled with a UK fulfilment centre and world-class quality system, offers the companies’ combined supplier partners greater access to more distribution outlets and buyers in every country around the world.  

“We are thrilled to have Andy Nickson and the Silmid team join us in becoming a global and digital leader in aerospace specialty chemicals distribution,” said Jason Caldwell, President and CEO of GracoRoberts. “Together we bring more solutions, expertise and innovation to the global aerospace community than either of us can do alone. Offering this next-level value to our customers and suppliers and disrupting a traditional brick and mortar specialty chemicals distribution model is truly game changing, and we are excited about what we will achieve together.”  

Andy Nickson, Operations Director of Silmid, also commented on the integration, and his reasoning behind choosing to partner with GracoRoberts.  “The Silmid vision is founded on a philosophy of Silmid First – being the go-to destination and leading source for products and information. Once we’ve earned the customer’s trust with a purchase, it is our responsibility to deliver on time and without error. That belief system and operational excellence is fully aligned with GracoRoberts, which is what makes this partnership such a natural fit, and we are honoured to join the GracoRoberts team.”  

With approximately 200 combined employees, GracoRoberts and Sil-Mid Limited will continue to operate independently from each company’s corporate headquarters in Arlington, TX, and West Midlands, United Kingdom. Until the integration is complete, both groups’ customers can expect business as usual.   

If you have any questions or queries about the acquisition, please contact your Account manager or our Customer Service Team on +44 1675 732850 or via email info@silmid.com or online via our contact page https://www.silmid.com/help/contact-us/. You can visit GracoRoberts online at www.gracoroberts.com 

Andy Nickson 

Operations Director 

Sil-Mid Limited 

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