To facilitate the availability, use and acceptance of chemical products and solutions
Introducing the Group
Creation and transmission
Gaches Chimie was founded in 1948 by the chemical engineer Louis Gaches, who, thanks to the Marshall Plan, began to produce thinner and GaroFer (a bodywork putty). He went on to hand over the Company to his son, Pierre Gaches, who has been managing the Company since 1992, and the Group is now entering its 3rd generation phase. Its 100% family ownership status ensures flexibility and reactivity.
David and Goliath - In the name of fair competition
Since 2002, Gaches Chimie has been instrumental in resisting a dominant cartel of distributors of chemical products.The result: Three leniency procedures and a fine of 79 million euros to the benefit of the French State. In particular, Pierre Gaches brought proceedings against the dominant position of Brenntag (summoned to pay 30 M€ for obstruction of justice) and prevented concertation practices between Univar and Quaron, the N° 2 and N°3 players in the commodity chemicals market at the time. Gaches Chimie advocates a culture of fair competition which respects the necessary regulatory frameworks.
Diversification of activities
Gaches Chimie has a large range of products and expertise allowing to avoid dependeny risk on single line of business.
Today the Company is active in 12 product areas of expertise on multiple markets.
Present in Morocco, Tunisia and Spain, Gaches Chimie is widening its reach thanks to subsidiaries in Holland and Mexico and, soon, in India.
The Group wishes to accompany its core customers along the path of internationalization.
SEVESO sites – Safety First
After the AZF catastrophe in Toulouse, France, the already negative image of chemical products in the eyes of the general public only got worse.
But this catastrophe reinforced the need to take safety seriously . . . and the social acceptance of the Chemicals Industry is now an integral part of our values and vision. With one upper-tier and 3 lower-tier SEVESO sites to manage, safety is our number one priority.
REACH/Biocide is an opportunity
No chemical substance is entirely neutral with regard to health and the environment. Precise dosage control in chemical products is therefore essential if we are to successfully negotiate the associated issues and inherent risks. Enter the European REACH regulatory initiative introduced in 2007. Gaches Chimie fully supported this regulation for the Chemical Industry right from the start, considering it to be a relevant regulatory framework for the next fifty years.
To help our customers increase their production without being held back by regulatory constraints, we have created the E-Chemicals data management platform.
Surface treatment laboratory
After 20 years of looking after the Airbus surface treatment facility in St Eloi, Toulouse, our team of experts have now created a specialist center for bath analysis.
EXPIRIS – Laboratory specializing in anti-corrosion and coating/paint solutions
EXPIRIS is the result of a joint venture with the Satys Group. Born out of Airbus Helicopters' desire to outsource a part of its methods activities while at the same time promoting regional development, EXPIRIS today employs around twenty laboratory specialists. By identifying obsolescence before it occurs, EXPIRIS is able to research, qualify and make available alternative solutions.