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Our History

Genesis
Cromology’s story began over 250 years ago

Cromology’s roots lie in Europe with the passion of family entrepreneurs, many of whose names have now become iconic: Johannes Jodocus Tollens (Netherlands, 1748), brothers Francis and Albert Claessens (Switzerland, 1887) and Max Meyer (Italy, 1895).

Each of them founded a company in their own country, motivated by a common desire: creating exceptional decorative paints with unquestionable technical and aesthetic qualities to protect and beautify our living environments.
This desire is a heritage that Cromology has carefully preserved over the centuries.

Many of the other brands brought together by Cromology are also entrepreneurial stories that have now achieved iconic status: Duco (Italy, 1928), Tintas Robbialac (Portugal, 1931), Alp Pinturas (Spain, 1940), Colorín (Argentina, 1945), Settef (Italy, 1957), Zolpan (France, 1959), Duraval (Spain, 1963) and Arcol (1980).

Recent history
The creation of an international group

In 1988, the Lafarge Group set up a paint division, which was reinforced by the notable purchase of Tollens in 1990.

In 1995, Lafarge Peintures was created within the Specialty Materials division of the world leader in construction materials.

In 2001, Lafarge’s Specialty Materials division became Materis. Lafarge Peintures became Materis Paints in 2005.

Between 1996 and 2007, Materis Paints became a global player by bringing together more than ten brands from across Europe (Spain, France, Italy, Portugal and Switzerland) and moved into emerging markets in Argentina and Morocco.

In 2006, the French global long-term investment company Wendel became Materis’ main shareholder.

In 2014, Materis Paints became a standalone company following the sale of the Materis Group’s other interests. The Group still has Wendel as a shareholder and is supported by a solid financial structure.

2015 and beyond…

In 2015, Materis Paints changed its name to become Cromology and mark a new chapter in its history, underpinned by a growth strategy based on the development of its brands and its distribution networks in their local markets.

Our reference projects

“Mur des Canuts”

Europe’s largest outdoor trompe l’oeil fresco (1,200 m²), 300 colours used
Lyon, France
CITECREATION
Paint for renovation: Zolpan

Casablanca Cathedral Gardens

Installation consisting of three series of temporary arches
In-situ work
Casablanca, Morocco
Artist: Daniel Buren
Paint: Arcol

Quirinal Palace

Courtyard of Honour
Rome, Italy
Paint for renovation: Settef

Musée d’Orsay

Partnership since 2011
Paint: Tollens

Exterior of the Museo Reina Sofía

(20,000 m²)
Madrid, Spain
Paint for renovation: Revetón

Glaciarium

The world’s only museum dedicated to glaciology
Patagonia, Argentina
Paint: Colorín

Grande Hotel do Luso

Spa town of Luso, Portugal
Architect: Cassiano Branco
Decorative Paint: Robbialac

Imagine Institute

Europe’s largest Research Centre for Genetic Diseases
Paris, France
Paint: Tollens

Torre Agbar

144m, 38-storey building, 40 different colours
Barcelona, Spain
Paint: Revetón et Alp

Palazzo Pfanner

Lucca, Italy
Paint for renovation: Settef

Student Housing

Oullins, France
ETICS, Reflective Pigments: Zolpan

Residential building with 200 apartments

Thermal insulation, 17,000 m²
Toulouse, France
External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems: Plasdox

Royal Tropical Institute

Ceilings
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Paint for renovation: Classidur

Trindade metro station

Porto, Portugal
Paint for renovation: Viero

Volkskundemuseum

Exhibition room walls
Vienna, Austria
Paint for renovation: Classidur