CME Sanitary Systems, the Doncaster-based leading manufacturer of toilet seats, flushing systems and water recycling technologies, has become part of the French Wirquin Group.
Wirquin, based at Carquefou, near Nantes, sells to 60 countries worldwide, has more than 1,300 employees working at 11 subsidiaries, including nine production sites and an annual turnover of €130 million (£109 million).
Warmsworth-based CME employs 200 people. The firm makes toilet seats under the Celmac brand, Macdee flushing systems and green award-winning systems, under the Ecoplay brand, which can reduce the use of water from the mains by up to 30 per cent by recycling bath and shower water so that it can be used to flush toilets.
CME says joining forces with Wirquin will help it to increase its share of the bathroom sanitary ware market.
Chief executive Brian Watson said: “This is a very exciting time for our business. As part of the Wirquin Group, we will be able to extend our market share and product range significantly, enhancing our commitment to our existing merchants, distributors and specifiers.
“There are major opportunities for us as a business and with the backing of the Wirquin Group we anticipate accelerated growth and market penetration with both existing and new customers as a result.”
Gwenhael Le Coent, European sales director at Wirquin Plastiques, said: “CME is an excellent strategic fit within the Wirquin Group, which will ultimately provide its customers with access to even more innovative and sustainable solutions.
“There are many synergies between the two businesses and we are looking forward to working with CME to expand the range on a global basis as a result of this move.”