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).
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.