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Element Solutions, incorporated in Delaware in January 2014, is a leading global specialty chemicals company whose operating businesses formulate a broad range of solutions that enhance the performance of products people use every day. Developed in multi-step technological processes, our businesses' innovative solutions enable customers' manufacturing processes in several key industries, including electronic circuitry, communications infrastructure, automotive systems, industrial surface finishing, consumer packaging and offshore energy. Substantially all of our businesses' products are consumed by our customers as part of their production process, providing us with reliable and recurring revenue streams as the products are replenished in order to continue production. Those customers use our innovation as a competitive advantage, relying on us to help them navigate through fast-paced, high-growth markets. Our product development and product extensions are expected to continue to drive sales growth in both new and existing markets, while expanding margins, by continuing to offer high customer value propositions.
We believe the majority of our businesses hold strong positions in high-growth markets they serve. Our strategy is based on a balance of operational excellence and prudent capital allocation. To that end, our teams focus on commercial execution through strong sales, marketing, product development and supply chain efficiency; while our senior leadership balances holding business teams responsible for operational execution with prioritizing and executing on capital allocation opportunities. In the future, we may pursue targeted and opportunistic acquisitions in our existing and adjacent end-markets that strengthen our current businesses, expand and diversify our product offering, and enhance our growth and strategic position.