3M acquires core supplier Nida-Core

The acquisition is a substantial move for 3M, which will have a significantly larger presence in the composites industry with the addition of Nida-Core's foam, honeycomb and balsa core products.

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3M (St. Paul, Minn., USA) announced on Jan. 3 that it has acquired the business of Nida-Core Corp. (Port St. Lucie, Fla., USA), a manufacturer of structural honeycomb core and fiber-reinforced foam core materials. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Nida-Core’s broad portfolio of high-strength, low-weight, engineered materials, provides solutions in general industrial markets, including transportation, marine and renewable energy. Offerings include a variety of structural honeycomb-cored and foam-cored products in either pre-cut or standard sizes, closed-molding cores including NidaFusion, composite panels, kiln-dried end-grain balsa, as well as a variety of curing compounds and accessories common to the composites market.

“The acquisition of Nida-Core will allow us to build immediately upon our composite and engineered materials product portfolio,” said Patrick Deconinck, vice president and general manager, Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division (IATD) at 3M.

3M’s Engineered Products and Solutions Department (EP&S), a department of IATD led by Vic Genco, general manager, will be the new reporting unit for Nida-Core within 3M. EP&S delivers a suite of engineered products and solutions into differentiated industrial applications, including composite resins, industrial fastening solutions, and other solutions for industry.

“Combining with 3M gives Nida-Core immediate access to 3M’s vast and global network,” said Damien Jacquinet, founder and president, Nida-Core. “I am personally very excited by the potential future growth of Nida-Core within 3M, and have committed to stay onboard to participate in the business. 3M’s proprietary portfolio of films and adhesives, combined with Nida-Core’s wide range of core materials, can produce an impressive range of solutions for general industrial applications and emerging composites applications. We’ve already experienced high growth this past decade but 3M will help speed up our development in major industries, such as wind blades and public transportation.”

Nida-Core operates with a workforce of approximately 25 people. The acquisition agreement also provides for the acquisition by 3M of the business of Structiso SARL, a company affiliated with Nida-Core. Structiso is located in Aniche, France, and operates with a workforce of three people. The acquisition of Structiso is expected to be completed early in the second quarter, subject to customary closing conditions.  

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