BÜFA expands in the UK

Acquisition of the UK company AOC (UK) Ltd.

“One Stop Shop” for Composite needs including Specialities – all from a single source

As of 3 March 2020, BÜFA Composite Systems, the German-based supplier of tailor-made unsaturated polyester resins and formulations, will acquire Manningtree-based AOC (UK) Ltd, the leading UK supplier of composite products with over 25 years’ experience in providing distribution and mixing service. AOC Aliancys will remain, as former owner, the supplier of the resins portfolio. In future, the UK company, will trade as BÜFA Composites UK.

With the purchase of AOC (UK) Ltd., BÜFA Composite Systems is not only expanding its presence in the UK market, but also consolidating its leading position as a specialty manufacturer for the composites market in Europe.

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“This will strengthen more than just our market activities”, explains Felix Thalmann, CEO of the BÜFA Group. “This is the coming together of two strong and complementary partners.”

Resins from AOC Aliancys, who have supplied BÜFA Composite Systems for more than 50 years, are transformed into specialities by the Rastede-based chemical company. The complete package also includes a long-standing sales partnership in numerous European markets.

“We are glad to strengthen our trusting, successful cooperation with BÜFA, and at the same time create a stronger company in the UK.  This will serve our customers even better and create a bright future for our UK employees”, says Joe Salley, Global CEO AOC Aliancys.

“After March 3rd, the AOC Aliancys portfolio will be offered through BÜFA Composites UK. In combination with the BÜFA specialties product range and already existing products, capabilities and fantastic team of BÜFA Composites UK, this will create a high quality, full fledge solution provider for all Composites customers in the UK”, adds Lothar Kempf, Managing Director of BÜFA Composite Systems.

AOC Aliancys

AOC Aliancys is the leading global supplier of polyester and vinyl ester resins, gelcoats and specialty materials used for the composites industry. With strong capabilities around the world in manufacturing and science, the company delivers unrivaled quality, service and reliability for today, and is creating innovative solutions for tomorrow. Together with its customers, AOC Aliancys is shaping the future of composites with new technology and applications. So let’s talk, and find ways to increase our mutual business success. AOC Aliancys’ headquarters are based in Collierville (TN, USA) and Schaffhausen (Switzerland). To learn more, visit

BÜFA Group

The BÜFA Group is an independent, medium-sized company in the chemical industry. Based in Oldenburg, Germany, the company has its roots in a trade founded in 1883 for coloured woods, oils and chemicals. Today, BÜFA offers a wide range of products, services and products in its three international business fields chemicals, cleaning and composites. Our customers include companies in the food processing, textile, industrial and vehicle cleaning, wind energy, rail and commercial vehicle sectors as well as boat and ship building industries.

With 549 employees and 28 trainees, BÜFA achieved revenues of EUR 219 million in 2018. The Oldenburg-based company with a long tradition cultivates a fair and cooperative partnership with customers, suppliers and the public in keeping with its high ethical values. Firmly anchored in its corporate principles, BÜFA strictly adheres to the principle of sustainability. BÜFA focuses on "New Chemistry" and combines profitability with social responsibility.