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Coatings giant, PPG Industries Inc.’s (PPG - Analyst Report) North American architectural coatings business has completed the acquisition of Masterwork Paint Company. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Masterwork operates a 13-store network in western Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. The addition of Masterwork will strengthen PPG Industries’ company-owned store network, which strive to deliver consistent and integrated customer experience.

PPG Industries is taking steps to grow its business inorganically through numerous acquisitions. The acquisition of Akzo Nobel’s (AKZOY) North American architectural coatings business has reinforced its branded paint product offerings and scale in the North American architectural paint market.

Moreover, in an effort to strengthen its position in the aerospace industry, PPG Industries acquired specific assets of the privately-held specialty coatings company Deft Incorporated, last year. The recent acquisition of Hi-Temp Coatings Technology also strengthened PPG Industries’ protective and marine coatings business.

In a major move, PPG Industries recently agreed to buy Mexico’s leading paint company – Consorcio Comex S.A. de C.V. – for $2.3 billion to reinforce its architectural coatings business in Mexico and Central America. The deal is in sync with the company’s strategy to broaden its global coatings business.
 
PPG Industries has a diversified base of products and markets, and is looking for opportunities to grow its businesses strategically along with implementation of cost controlling strategies. It should gain from continual strength across the North American automotive and aerospace market. However, the company remains exposed to factors like the yet to be recovered European market, raw material cost pressure and foreign currency headwinds.
 
PPG Industries is a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) stock.

Other companies in the chemical space worth considering include Celanese Corporation (CE - Analyst Report) and Koninklijke DSM N.V. (RDSMY). Both carry the same rank as PPG Industries.
 

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