1998 Herberts Acquired

DuPont purchased Herberts GmbH, the coatings subsidiary of Hoechst AG in 1999. The acquisition made DuPont Performance Coatings the world’s largest supplier of automotive coatings and the third largest coatings company overall. Each segment has developed technology in environmentally acceptable products such as low-emission waterborne and powder coatings as well as products that contain no hazardous air pollutants. Research continues on more durable coatings that resist scratches and acid-etch environmental damage.