In the November 2020 edition of BFT International , we reported that MBCC Group has emerged from the former BASF construction chemicals business after its acquisition by Lone Star Funds, and commenced operations as of October 1, 2020.
In an interview with the BFT editorial team, the new CEO, Dr. Jochen Fabritius, outlines his ideas, the group’s goals and the activities planned for the near future.
Dr. Jochen Fabritius: MBCC Group has vast potential that needs to be leveraged. I was fascinated, above all, by the mixture of a strong industrial core, highly qualified colleagues and the spirit of new beginnings at MBCC Group. As you know, we are one of the world’s leading suppliers of construction chemicals and solutions across different sectors including buildings, infrastructure, civil engineering, new construction and renovation. Our offers make a significant contribution towards solving two of the biggest issues of our time: sustainability and affordability.
Dr. Jochen Fabritius: The market for concrete admixtures is not highly fragmented. In this sector, we are the global market leader. The market for construction systems is, indeed, fragmented. There is a lot of potential for consolidation in this sector, and we are one of the big players in the market. MBCC Group serves over 30,000 customers and business partners in all parts of the world. Our Group comprises approximately 70 companies worldwide, and we employ a staff of around 7,500. In addition to our position in the market, our strong main brands such as Master Builders Solutions, PCI, Thermotek, Wolman, Colorbiotics, or Watson Bowman Acme are highly appreciated by our customers.
BFT International: Are there any initial specific actions or even successes to report since you started your new assignment just over six months ago?
Hendrik Heising, who previously served as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of MBCC Group, has been appointed to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer (COO). Dr. Hartwig Grevener, to date CFO at Sonova, will succeed Hendrik Heising as CFO on July 1, 2021.
We have recently acquired two companies, Bluey Technologies Pty Ltd and TPH Bausysteme GmbH. With the acquisition of Bluey Technologies, an Australian company, we are expanding our portfolio of construction chemicals and services for infrastructure projects. The comprehensive product range includes high-performance cements, waterproofing products and solutions for ground improvement used in sensitive applications for transport and civil infrastructure projects. Bluey Technologies was named Australia‘s most innovative company in 2020 by The Australian Financial Review.
Dr. Jochen Fabritius: The topics will remain the same: profitable growth by creating customer benefits and by means of acquisitions. But I see opportunities in increasing digitization as well. This is reflected in our digital offer: with more than 700 BIM (Building Information Modeling) objects, MBCC Group already provides a large BIM portfolio for the construction industry. The objects are available in several global BIM libraries and data bases.
Interview: Silvio Schade,
Editor-in-Chief BFT International