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Higher cement prices from Adelaide Brighton and Mr Fothergill's buys garden tool brand
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Kyocera's acquisition of Senco has strengthened its position in the fastenings category; Adelaide Brighton is expecting to raise prices again; Mr Fothergill's Seeds has bought garden tools and equipment supplier Darlac; and Tenaru is actively supporting the Master Painters association.
Multinational takes Senco from private hands

Japan-based Kyocera Corporation has acquired Senco Brands, a fastening tools and fasteners maker since 1948, for an undisclosed sum. This will expand Kyocera's fastening tools business in the residential, commercial, manufacturing and construction sectors.

As a result of the acquisition, Senco will now operate as a part of the Kyocera Global Tool Cutting Division. Renamed Kyocera Senco Industrial Tools, the company will continue to be headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA).

Kyocera takes on Senco in a move that takes the business out of private ownership. Ben Johansen, CEO of Senco Brands, told Pro Tools Review:
We expect this acquisition to strengthen our new product development capabilities, bolster our ability to provide innovative fastening solutions to a wider range of customers and enhance our global distribution network.

Senco is known for its product quality and diverse line, which includes pneumatic and electric nailers, staplers, screw systems and compressors, as well as nails, staples, screws and specialty fasteners.

Kyocera first entered the industrial tools market in the 1970s with a line of high-speed metal processing tools, and has steadily expanded into precision tools for electronics, aerospace, automotive, medical and woodworking applications. Kyocera's 2011 purchase of the Unimerco Group in Europe added a fastening tool product line that should have synergies with Senco's expertise in the fastening tools and fasteners market.

With the acquisition of Senco, Kyocera plans to increase its sales of fastening tools and fasteners to JPY40 billion by the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021.
Price increases from Adelaide Brighton

As Australia's largest cement maker, Adelaide Brighton is set to lift prices for pre-mixed concrete a second time later in 2017.

It announced recently a 10.9% drop in net profit after tax to $68.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017. Revenue increased by 4.7% to $718.4 million.

The housing and infrastructure boom on the eastern seaboard is triggering price rises for pre-mixed concrete and aggregates used in construction.

Adelaide Brighton chief executive Martin Brydon said that demand was continuing to rise, particularly in Melbourne and Sydney and a second round of prices increases for a range of products was anticipated later this year.

The company had already instituted a round price rises for various products on April 1.

Mr Brydon said rival companies had already signalled to the industry that they would implement "meaningful increases" on October 1. He said no final decision had been made but Adelaide Brighton was also expecting to raise prices again later in calendar 2017.
I think it's likely we will follow the market.

Mr Brydon declined to comment on the likely amount of the price rise. He said 2018 was looking very strong for the property construction industry, while the growing number of big infrastructure projects on the drawing board augured well for future demand.
Mr Fothergill's expands through Darlac acquisition

According to a report in Horticulture Week, Mr Fothergill's Seeds has bought UK garden tools brand Darlac. The company hopes that by adding the 50-year-old brand it will make its business less seasonal. It is also aiming to double turnover through this acquisition, and intends to keep its main focus on seeds.

Mr Fothergill's joint managing directors, John Fothergill and David Carey took over the company shares held by their fathers in March 2017. Regarding the purchase, Mr Carey said:
This is a significant step for our business. We remain committed to being one of Europe's largest seed houses...However, Darlac offers us wonderful opportunities to expand our portfolio in the UK and abroad.

Turnover for Darlac is currently under GBP1 million. Horticulture Week believes the take over of Darlac is part of a growing trend for large garden centre and general retail garden suppliers to expand ranges. Larger suppliers have been buying several niche companies recently.

These acquisitions make the most of existing head offices, websites, catalogues, warehouses, merchandising, transport and trading relationships.
Tenaru partners with Master Painters association

Tenaru Timber & Finishes has become a silver sponsor of Master Painters Australia (NSW), the peak industry body for the surface coating sector in NSW. Tenaru is the exclusive Australian distributor of brands that are the preferred choice for professionals, including Sikkens, Hammerite, Mirka and Dynamic Paintware.

The sponsorship provides Tenaru with opportunities to engage with the association's members through awards programs, events and training sessions.

Tenaru will be sponsoring a category and be a guest presenter at the Master Painters Awards for Excellence in October, and via product demonstrations at member networking events.

According to Brian Hamilton, Tenaru managing director, as the Tenaru portfolio evolves there is a growing need to have a direct communication channel to the professional painter. He said:
Tenaru's portfolio includes the globally established, premium products Sikkens, Hammerite, Dynamic Paintware and Mirka. Each brand complements the others and provides a full suite of surface coating solutions for our customers and trade professionals.
Tenaru has a very experienced team, passionate about problem solving and providing the best advice for projects. We are keen to share our expertise by working more closely with MPA (NSW) members.

Master Painters Australia (NSW) CEO, Therese Lauriola, said, "We are excited to have Tenaru partnering with us and look forward to some great times ahead."
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