Comex Group is the fourth largest paint manufacturer and distributor of paints and waterproofing products in North America, with 3,300 locations.

Comex Group
Company typePrivate (Limited liability)
Founded1959; 65 years ago (1959)
Key people
Henrik Bergström CEO
ProductsPaint and waterproofing products
RevenueUS$1.3 billion[1]
Number of employees
ParentPPG Industries



The Sherwin-Williams Company (SHW), the largest U.S. paint retailer, agreed in November 2012 to acquire closely held Consorcio Comex SA de CV for about $2.34 billion including debt to gain Mexico's largest paint maker.[2] The deal was rejected by Mexico's Comisión Federal de Competencia in November 2013 for antitrust purposes,[3] and a result of such, PPG Industries has agreed to buy Comex for $2.3 billion [4] Sherwin-Williams was still able to purchase Comex' operations in the United States and Canada for $165 million.[5] After the failed bid in Mexico, and before the take-over by PPG, Comex sued Sherwin-Williams for not trying hard enough to seal the deal.[6]

In July 2015, after the photo of president Enrique Peña Nieto showing his height difference next to Felipe VI of Spain made the international headlines, Comex released on its Twitter account a photoshopped photo of the Mexican president standing on one of its paint pots with the text "una pintura de altura" (a paint of stature). After the post got widely retweeted, the company deleted it and made an official apology, arguing that the photo had not been approved before it went live.[7][8]



Comex sells paint and coatings. As of 2013, the company distributed its products through 234 Comex stores in the United States, 80 Comex stores and 1500 external retailers in Canada. It also operates five manufacturing sites in the US and three in Canada.[3] In January 2016, Comex opened its 4,000th store in Mexico.[9]


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  2. ^ Kaskey, Jack; Case, Brendan (Nov 12, 2012). "Sherwin-Williams to Buy Paint Maker Comex for $2.34 Billion". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
  3. ^ a b "Sherwin-Williams Falls as Comex Acquisition Appeal Denied". 4 November 2013. Archived from the original on 5 October 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-18.
  4. ^ Alden, William (Jun 30, 2014). "PPG to Buy Mexican Paint Maker Consorcio Comex for $2.3 Billion". TheNewYorkTimes. Retrieved Jul 4, 2014.
  5. ^ Jack Kaskey (4 April 2014). "Sherwin-Williams Cancels Bid for Comex Mexico Unit". Retrieved 2016-08-18.
  6. ^ Dave Graham; Tomas Sarmiento (14 May 2014). "Mexico's Comex sues Sherwin-Williams over failed takeover". Retrieved 2016-08-18.
  7. ^ Max de Haldevang (2 July 2015). "Mexican firm sorry for royally selling president short". Retrieved 2016-08-18.
  8. ^ Rafa Fernandez De Castro (6 July 2015). "Why is a Mexican paint company trolling the president about his height?". Archived from the original on 2016-10-05. Retrieved 2016-08-18.
  9. ^ "PPG Comex Opens 4,000th Paint and Coatings Retail Location in Mexico". 12 January 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-18.