We are a global leader in the manufacturing and distribution of fluid handling solutions. Our extensive plastic pipes and fittings offering finds its way into buildings, infrastructure and industrial applications all over the world. With a global workforce of more than 16,200 employees, our flexibility means we provide both standard and tailored solutions that match the needs of our customers and end-users perfectly.
Our Group is active through more than 100 manufacturing and commercial companies, operating in over 45 countries. Aliaxis is privately owned, and our global headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.
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The Aliaxis way
At Aliaxis, we strive for excellence in everything we do, we’re passionate about innovation and we’re able to anticipate our customers’ needs. Health and safety is a top priority for us, so we can address our environmental impact and achieve our global aim of zero accidents.
Innovation and operational excellence go hand in hand, and they are an integral part of our business approach. By optimising and streamlining our internal processes, work becomes more cost-efficient and product quality and profitability increase. And by systematically improving service delivery, customers get more value and we consolidate our competitive edge. At every level of our organisation, colleagues contribute, regardless of their role or responsibility, and we encourage the exchange of knowledge and best practice between different regions.
Innovation is key for Aliaxis. In our highly competitive sector, innovation is one of the most powerful differentiators. We invest in market-leading R&D and dedicate people to develop what our customers need - products and solutions to get projects up and running, quickly, easily, reliably and more proﬁtably. And by sharing practices and learning from colleagues and customers around the world, we innovate at speed.
The health, safety and well being of our employees are our top priority. We aim to raise our overall safety performance, with a goal of zero accidents worldwide. Our global safety community, consisting of HSE managers from our different divisions, is dedicated to streamlining the structural exchange and the transfer of best practices.
Lifecycle analyses have shown that plastic pipe systems are not only more environmentally-friendly but also healthier alternatives to pipes made from other materials. But we don't rest on our laurels. Environmental protection is taken into account for each of our business processes. Our environmental programme defines specific KPIs for monitoring CO2 emissions, non-recycled waste and water consumption. It also includes initiatives aimed at sharing best practices and training, as well as raising environmental awareness among our employees.
We not only invest in the professional and personal development of our employees worldwide, but also we care greatly about the local communities in which we operate. As well as fundraising for numerous charities, we are involved in humanitarian projects. In many of our communities we help to install or to improve drinking water supplies, to provide sanitation facilities, to implement infrastructure projects for collecting and storing rainwater, to drill groundwater wells, and much more.
In 2015, we entered into a four-year partnership with the Saint-Luc Foundation, in Belgium, for the extension of facilities at the King Albert II Institute. With our support, the Institute will be able to step up its cancer research, while offering improved care to people who are suffering from the disease.
Key milestones in the creation of aliaxis
Our origins can be traced back to 1980 when ETEX SA (France) acquired French company Nicoll. In 1994, ETEX SA was acquired by Etex Group SA (Belgium).
Aliaxis was created in 2003 as a result of a demerger of Etex Group’s plastics activities. This timeline shows the key acquisitions that shaped us into who we are today. In addition to the major acquisitions below, there were also a number of smaller acquisitions, made over time, to reinforce particular regions or specific business segments. Likewise, a number of non-core activities were divested.
The first milestone for Aliaxis was the acquisition of Nicoll by ETEX SA (France). The core business of Nicoll is PVC fittings and rainwater products.
ETEX SA (France), a company focused on PVC fittings and rainwater products, was acquired by Etex Group SA (Belgium).
Etex Group SA acquired Marley plc UK, which was active in plastic plumbing products.
Another major milestone was the acquisition of Glynwed Pipe Systems UK, a leader in pressure and non-pressure plastic pipe systems, industrial valves, and engineered products. IPEX was part of the Glynwed Pipe Systems group at the time and through this acquisition, IPEX became part of Etex Group SA.
Aliaxis Group SA was created 1 January 2003 as a result of a demerger of Etex Group SA’s plastics activities.
Aliaxis expanded its position in the Latin American market by acquiring 51% of Durman Latin America, the local market leader in pipes and fittings for buildings and infrastructure.
Aliaxis Group SA acquired the remaining 49% of Durman Latin America.
Through Etex Group SA, Aliaxis already owned 40% of Chilean company Vinilit. The Group acquired the remaining 60% in 2012.
Aliaxis Group SA and Ashirvad Pipes Pvt. Ltd announced a joint venture aimed at expanding the building and sanitary offering in India. Through this joint venture, Aliaxis acquired 60% of Ashirvad, who is the local market leader in (c)PVC pipes and fittings for plumbing and in pipes for agricultures.
Vinidex, a leading Australian manufacturer of PVC and Polyethylene piping systems with state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and distribution network, became part of Aliaxis Group SA.
The Group carried out a series of acquisitions, adding Snow (Singapore), Naco Industries (USA) and the pipe business assets from Zezt (Australia) to our portfolio.