What do pylons, home appliances and food packaging have in common? They are manufactured, and much like everything else that needs to brave daily wear and tear, they are coated. Schaepman’s Lakfabrieken b.v., a Dutch paint and coatings company and a pioneer in the field, was bought by the Hempel Group in December 2014 and thus entered international markets. As the small business goes large, it is now looking at its past achievements and the opportunities generated by the buyout. Schaepman demonstrates how a careful transition works and how to cope with growth while maintaining close customer relations.