AZ Electronic Materials plc (LSE: AZEM) is a British specialty chemicals company.

It is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

The Company was established in the 1950s as a division of Hoechst (now Sanofi-Aventis).

The name of the company is derived from the organic compound diazo.

In 1997 it was acquired by Clariant, a Swiss specialty chemicals business and in 2004 it was bought by funds controlled controlled by the Carlyle Group.

Vestar Capital Partners took a stake in the company in 2007.

In October 2010 it was first listed on the London Stock Exchange.

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