EQT Credit provides financing to support Bosal Automotive Carrier and Protection Systems

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EQT Credit, through its Mid-Market Credit investment strategy, announces today that it has agreed to provide senior secured financing for TowerBrook Capital Partners’ (“TowerBrook”) acquisition of Bosal Automotive Carrier and Protection Systems (“Bosal ACPS” or the “Company”) from Bosal Group.

Headquartered in Germany, Bosal ACPS is a leading manufacturer of tow bars for original equipment manufacturers and suppliers and for the aftermarket in Europe. The Company has manufacturing facilities in Europe and the Americas, generating sales in 2017 of approximately EUR 250 million.

Paul Johnson, Partner at EQT Partners’ Credit team, Investment Advisor to EQT Credit, commented: “Bosal ACPS is an established market-leader in the European OEM tow-bar segment. We are attracted by the Company’s long-term track record, product quality and history of technological leadership and innovation. EQT’s network of Industrial Advisors, with former senior executives in the automotive segment, provided key support throughout the due diligence process. EQT Credit looks forward to support Bosal ACPS and TowerBrook as they continue to execute on the plans for international growth and operational improvement.”

All parties have agreed to not disclose any financial details.

Contacts:
Paul Johnson, Partner at EQT Partners, Investment Advisor to EQT Credit, +44 207 430 5554
Nakul Sarin, Director at EQT Partners, Investment Advisor to EQT Credit, +44 208 432 5420
EQT Press Office, +46 8 506 55 334, press@eqtpartners.com

About EQT
EQT is a leading alternative investments firm with approximately EUR 38 billion in raised capital across 25 funds. EQT funds have portfolio companies in Europe, Asia and the US with total sales of more than EUR 19 billion and approximately 110,000 employees. EQT works with portfolio companies to achieve sustainable growth, operational excellence and market leadership.

More info: www.eqtpartners.com

About EQT Credit
EQT Credit invests through three complementary strategies: senior debt, Mid-Market Credit (direct lending) and credit opportunities. Since inception, EQT Credit has invested approximately EUR 4.0 billion in 150 companies. EQT Credit’s direct lending strategy seeks to provide flexible, long-term debt capital solutions to medium-sized European businesses, across a wide range of sectors. These businesses may be privately-owned corporates seeking alternative funding to grow or be the subject of private equity-led acquisitions or refinancings.

For more information: www.eqtpartners.com/Investment-Strategies/Credit

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TowerBrook announces acquisition of Bosal ACPS

London, 5 January 2018 – TowerBrook Capital Partners announces today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Bosal ACPS (the “Company”), a German manufacturer of tow bars with operations in Europe and the Americas, from Bosal Group. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Bosal ACPS is a leading manufacturer of tow bars for original equipment manufacturers and suppliers (OEM/OES) and for the aftermarket in Europe, generating sales in 2017 of approximately €250m with around 2000 employees. The Company has manufacturing facilities in Germany (where it is headquartered), Hungary, Mexico, Russia and France. The Company has a history of innovation, having invented and introduced retractable tow bars in the early 2000s and the first fully electric retractable tow bar in 2010.

TowerBrook is also pleased to announce that Gerhard Boehm, Vice Chairman of Reydel Automotive, has agreed to serve on the Board as Chairman and as CEO. Mr Boehm has extensive experience of the automotive industry: his former roles include head of FM Powertrain, CEO of Peguform and head of Continental Engine Systems. Supporting Gerhard, Bosal ACPS has a highly-experienced management team with a collective 100 years of expertise in the automotive industry. The team sees significant potential for international growth, as well as opportunities for operational improvement. They also have ambitious plans to accelerate technological innovation, partnerships and acquisitions.

Ramez Sousou, co-CEO and co-founder of TowerBrook said “Bosal ACPS enjoys a leading market position underpinned by its international footprint, product quality and innovation. The business has a number of potential opportunities to drive growth and operational improvements. TowerBrook’s expertise, together with our transatlantic networks and longstanding relationships in the automotive industry, complement and support management’s ambitious plans.”

Gerhard Boehm added “I am very excited to be joining such a dynamic business and management team. Bosal ACPS enjoys favourable mega trends in the take up of tow bars, along with a focus on more comfort, energy efficiency and leisure activity, which are driving product development in both the OEM and aftermarket segments of our business. The business has a strong product pipeline and with TowerBrook’s help it will be able to ramp up in those markets in which it is currently under-represented, such as the NAFTA region, as well as pursue an international growth strategy, including potential acquisitions”.

It is anticipated that the transaction will close at the end of Q1 2018.

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EQT Credit provides financing to support Spanish Metalcaucho

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The EQT Mid-Market Credit fund (“EQT Credit”) today announces that it has provided a new financing solution to support the fund ABAC Solutions (SCA) SICAR (“ABAC”) and management’s investment in Metalcaucho (or the “Company”), a leader in non-OEM spare parts.

Headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, Metalcaucho is a leading automotive spare parts designer and distributor focused on rubber, plastic and metal parts for the independent automotive aftermarket, supplying over 12,500 SKUs across Europe. The new financing will support Metalcaucho with its strong organic and inorganic growth profile through continued product development and international expansion to consolidate its leading position further.

Alexandre Hökfelt, Director at EQT Partners’ Credit team, Investment Advisor to EQT Credit, commented: “Under ABAC’s ownership and with its exceptional management team and strong product offering, Metalcaucho has achieved significant growth and development in a short time period. EQT Credit is excited to support the Company and the management team as it continues its impressive track record of growth and expansion.”

Contacts:
Alexandre Hökfelt, Director at EQT Partners, Investment Advisor to EQT Mid-Market Credit, +44 7742 9069 12
EQT Press Office, +46 8 506 55 334, press@eqtpartners.com

About EQT
EQT is a leading alternative investments firm with approximately EUR 38 billion in raised capital across 25 funds. EQT funds have portfolio companies in Europe, Asia and the US with total sales of more than EUR 19 billion and approximately 110,000 employees. EQT works with portfolio companies to achieve sustainable growth, operational excellence and market leadership.

More info: www.eqtpartners.com

About EQT Credit
The EQT Credit platform, which spans the full risk-reward spectrum investing with three strategies: senior debt, direct lending and credit opportunities, has invested approximately EUR 4.0 billion across approximately 150 companies since inception in 2008.

For more information: www.eqtpartners.com/Investment-Strategies/Credit

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Ardian to Acquire Significant Minority Stakes in Industrial Engineering Group Fives

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Canadian Institutional Investors CDPQ and PSP Investments Sign an Agreement with Management and Ardian to Acquire Significant Minority Stakes in Industrial Engineering Group Fives

Montréal, December 22, 2017

– La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (“CPDQ”) and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments), two of Canada’s largest pension investment managers, today announced a joint investment in Fives, a global industrial engineering group headquartered in France, which designs and supplies engineered machines, process equipment and production lines for the world’s largest industrial players. CDPQ and PSP Investments will each acquire a significant minority stake in Fives, which will remain controlled by its management, to support the next development phase. Ardian, a world-leading investment house, will continue to be part of the new shareholding structure, as a minority co-investor.

Founded in 1812, Fives has participated in the modernization of various global industries, including steel, aluminium, cement, energy, and more recently, the automotive and aerospace industries, as well as logistics. The group’s rich history is grounded in constant innovation, development of proprietary technologies, international expansion and a pioneering spirit. This enables Fives to have a comprehensive global vision of the various industries in which it operates, as well as strong expertise in the design of critical equipment and solutions for industrial processes.

Today, Fives is at the forefront of innovation, taking a leading role in the “Industry of the Future” with a unique focus and expertise in digitalisation, automation and robotics to optimize industrial processes. With a network spanning four continents, the group possesses a balanced global footprint. For the year ending December 2017, the group is expected to generate over EUR1.8 billion (CAD$2.7 billion) in sales, across North America (30%), Europe (30%), Asia (22%) and the Middle-East and Africa (18%).

This transaction offers CDPQ and PSP Investments the opportunity to become important partners, contributing to the continued development of Fives’ solutions, designed to improve the overall performance of industrial plants, including the optimisation of the energy and resource efficiency and environmental footprint. The partnership with CDPQ and PSP Investments will provide Fives with the necessary resources to finance its mid- and long-term expansion plans through major growth avenues, particularly in markets like Intralogistics, as well as leverage its recently developed breakthrough technologies.

Frédéric Sanchez, Chief Executive Officer of Fives Group, said: “In the past years, with the full support of Ardian, we have invested heavily in R&D and business development, both in terms of  portfolio products and geographical reach – reinforcing our leadership in our core markets and expanding our offer in adjacent booming segments such as FAW (Fully Automated Warehouse), as well as establishing AddUp, a promising platform with Michelin in metal 3D printing (additive manufacturing). Today, we are very enthusiastic to enter a new phase of our development with CDPQ and PSP Investments. Their long-term approach to investment, their deep valuable industrial insights and their strategic vision aligned with that of the management team make them ideal partners for the group, allowing Fives to take advantage, at a global scale, of the full potential of our diversified operations.”

“For over 200 years, Fives’ technology has changed the way the industrial world operates”, said Stephane Etroy, Executive Vice-President and Head of Private Equity at CDPQ. “We are impressed by the company’s ability to continuously adapt, innovate and expand worldwide within the context of rapidly changing technological landscapes. Alongside Frederic Sanchez, his management team, and our partner PSP Investments, we look forward to contributing to the industrial advancement and improved resource efficiency through Fives.”

“We are excited to team up with Fives’ talented management team, led by Frédéric Sanchez, a true visionary in this sector, alongside our partners at CDPQ and Ardian,” said Simon Marc, Managing Director and Head of Private Equity at PSP Investments. “The transaction is a great example of partnership with successful entrepreneurs and like-minded, long-term investors. Fives has been at the forefront of innovation since its inception and we are looking forward to supporting its growth in the next industrial revolution.”

“Fives is an excellent company with a rich, unparalleled heritage,” added Dominique Gaillard, CEO of Ardian France and head of Ardian Direct Funds. “As a business, it continues to go from strength to strength and its focus on industry-leading innovation, combined with its pioneering spirit, positions it well for the years to come. We have achieved great things with Fives since we first invested. CDPQ and PSP Investments are ideal partners and, alongside Ardian, will contribute significantly to its continued development.” The completion of the transaction remains subject to approval by relevant regulatory authorities.

ABOUT FIVES

As an industrial engineering Group, Fives designs and supplies machines, process equipment and production lines for the world’s largest industrials including the logistics, aluminum, steel ,automotive, aerospace, cement and energy sectors. Located in over 30 countries and with nearly 8,600 employees, Fives is known for its technological expertise and competence in executing international projects. Fives’ multi-sector expertise gives it a global vision of the industry which provides a continuous source of innovation. The effectiveness of its R&D programs enables Fives to design forward-thinking industrial solutions that anticipate clients’ needs in terms of profitability, performance, safety and compliance with environmental standards. This strategy is backed by a human resources policy that is focused on the individual, encourages initiative-taking, technical excellence and team spirit. For more information, visit fivesgroup.com or follow us on Twitter@fivesgroup or consult our LinkedIn pages.

ABOUT CAISSE DE DÉPÔT ET PLACEMENT DU QUÉBEC

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) is a long-term institutional investor that manages funds primarily for public and parapublic pension and insurance plans.

As at June 30, 2017, it held C$286.5 billion in net assets. As one of Canada’s leading institutional fund managers, CDPQ invests globally in major financial markets, private equity, infrastructure, real estate and private debt. For more information, visit cdpq.com, follow us on Twitter @LaCDPQ or consult our Facebook or LinkedIn pages.

ABOUT PSP INVESTMENTS

The Public Sector Pension Investment Board (“PSP Investments”) is one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers with C$139.2 billion of net assets under management as at September 30, 2017. It manages a diversified global portfolio composed of investments in public financial markets, private equity, real estate, infrastructure, natural resources and private debt. Established in 1999, PSP Investments manages net contributions to the pension funds of Canada’s federal Public Service, the Canadian Armed Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Reserve Force. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, PSP Investments has its principal business office in Montréal and offices in New York and London, its European hub. For more information,

visit www.investpsp.com, Twitter @InvestPSP or LinkedIn.

 

ABOUT ARDIAN

Ardian is a world-leading private investment house with assets of US$66bn managed or advised in Europe, North America and Asia. The company is majority-owned by its employees. It keeps entrepreneurship at its heart and focuses on delivering excellent investment performance to its global investor base. Through its commitment to shared outcomes for all stakeholders, Ardian’s activities fuel individual, corporate and economic growth around the world. Holding close its core values of excellence, loyalty and entrepreneurship, Ardian maintains a truly global network, with more than 490 employees working from twelve offices across Europe (Frankfurt, Jersey, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Paris and Zurich), North America (New York, San Francisco) and Asia (Beijing, Singapore). It manages funds on behalf of 610 clients through five pillars of investment expertise: Funds of Funds, Direct Funds, Infrastructure, Real Estate and Private Debt.

Follow Ardian on Twitter @Ardian

www.ardian.com

 

 

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Nordic Capital completes the sale of Luvata Group

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Nordic Capital Funds V and VI (together “Nordic Capital”) announce that they have completed the sale of their North American Tubes operations, the final remaining operating units of Luvata Group, (“Luvata”), provider in metal solutions manufacturing and related engineering services.

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Nordic Capital acquired Luvata in 2005 from Outokumpu Oyj, and the Group has evolved from a fabrication-based business to a solutions-driven company, earning leadership positions in many of the industries it serves today. The sale of the North American Tubes operations to Waybill USA Inc., together with the divestments in the last 18 months of other Luvata divisions as separate entities to Mitsubishi Materials Corporation, Modine Manfacturing Company, and Zhejiang Hailiang Co. Ltd, completes the sale of Luvata Group.

The parties have agreed not to disclose the financial terms of the transaction.

 

Media contacts:

Elin Ljung, Director of Communications and Sustainability

Advisor to the Nordic Capital Funds

Tel: +46 8 440 50 50

e-mail: elin.ljung@nordiccapital.com

 

Nordic Capital private equity funds have invested in mid-market companies primarily in the Nordic region since 1989. Through committed ownership and by targeting strategic development and operational improvements, Nordic Capital enables value creation in its investments. The Nordic Capital Funds invest in companies in northern Europe and in selected investment opportunities internationally. The most recent fund is Nordic Capital Fund VIII with EUR 3.5 billion in committed capital, principally provided by international institutional investors such as pension funds. The Nordic Capital Funds are based in Jersey, Channel Islands, and are advised by the NC Advisory entities in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Germany and the UK. For further information about Nordic Capital please see www.nordiccapital.com

 

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PSW Group awarded frame agreement with Spirit Energy for Capping & Containment

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PSW Group has been awarded a frame agreement for Capping & Containment with Spirit Energy Norway. The agreement has a firm duration of 1 year with 2 annual optional periods.
Spirit Energy, the E&P joint venture which combines Centrica plc’s E&P business with Bayerngas Norge AS, began trading as an independent oil & gas operator earlier this December. By combining forces the company is now one of the largest independent E&P companies in North-West Europe with more than 70 exploration licenses across the continent.

PSW Group awarded frame agreement with Spirit Energy for Capping & Containment

Under the new agreement, PSW Group will be responsible for the provision of a capping stack and related well control equipment, well incident team and emergency response services. The agreement may be applied to any license where Spirit Energy Norway is the operator. “We are very pleased to be awarded this contract as we have have strategically developed our capping stack services in response to industry demands, enabling us to provide a safe and efficient response to a well control incident”, says Oddbjørn Haukøy, CEO of PSW Group.

The PSW Arctic Capping Stack is 24/7-365 maintained and operationally prepared at the PSW Subsea & Drilling base at Mongstad. With this strategic storage facility close to one of Europe’s largest offshore supply bases, PSW Group will have the Arctic Capping Stack at quayside within 24 hours of notification and reach most offshore fields on the NCS within 1-5 sailing days

For futher information, please contact:

Oddbjørn Haukøy, CEO of PSW Group

Telephone: + 47 91 17 19 14

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3i announces sale of ATESTEO generating a euro money multiple of 4.4x

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3i Group plc (“3i”) announces the sale of ATESTEO, an international drivetrain testing specialist, to IHO Holding GmbH & Co. KG (“IHO Holding”), holding company of the Schaeffler family. Proceeds to 3i are estimated to be €307m subject to closing adjustments, representing a euro money multiple of 4.4x. This compares to a valuation of €207m (£182m) at 30 September 2017.

Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Alsdorf near Aachen, Germany, ATESTEO is the world leader in independent drivetrain testing. It has about 800 employees and 135 testing benches in Germany, Japan, China and North America. Based on cutting-edge testing technology, the company offers a cost efficient alternative to in-house durability testing for automotive OEMs and their suppliers. Its customers include virtually all the leading OEMs and transmission manufacturers.

In 2013, 3i invested in ATESTEO in an all equity deal. Since then, the company has delivered a number of growth initiatives and improvements to its systems and processes, leading to operational and financial out-performance. It has transitioned from a founder-owned business to a world leader in global testing services with a clear competitive advantage in lab-based testing. Its EBITDA has more than doubled, and it has seen a 30% increase in testing capacity. Over the course of 3i’s ownership, the business has been refinanced twice, and has invested €45m in capex for growth.

In 2017, ATESTEO made two strategic acquisitions to expand its testing services portfolio. The acquisition of TÜV SÜD’s Engine/Drivetrain Technology and Components Testing division increased group capacity by 10%, whilst the acquisition of straesser expanded the company’s offering in the field of road testing. ATESTEO has also expanded in the high growth Chinese market, doubling its capacity there since 2013 with an increase in its number of testing benches from 10 to 20.

Ulf von Haacke, Partner & Head of Industrial at 3i Germany, commented:

“During our investment period, ATESTEO has cemented its leading market position in the independent drivetrain testing space and has increased its exposure to hybrid and electric vehicle technologies. Today, the company is well positioned to lead the way in testing the quality of increasingly electrified and autonomous automotive technology. We would like to thank Wolfgang Schmitz and his team for their commitment, and we wish them well in the future.”

Wolfgang Schmitz, Chairman of the Management Board of ATESTEO, added:

“The 3i team has been a huge support in helping us to advance our international expansion and expand our footprint into growth markets such as China. We look forward to working with IHO Holding, who will enable us to further develop our offering and navigate the rapid changes taking place in the sector.”

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Kathryn van der Kroft
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Tel: +44 20 7975 3021
Email: kathryn.vanderkroft@3i.com

Silvia Santoro
Investor enquiries
Tel: +44 20 7975 3258
Email: silvia.santoro@3i.com

 

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About 3i Group

3i is an investment company with two complementary businesses, Private Equity and Infrastructure, specialising in core investment markets in Northern Europe and North America. For further information, please visit: www.3i.com

3i’s Private Equity team provides investment solutions for growing companies, backing entrepreneurs and management teams of mid-market companies with an EV typically between €100m – €500m. We back international growth plans, providing access to our network and expertise to accelerate the growth of companies across the consumer, industrials and business and technology services industries.

About ATESTEO

ATESTEO GmbH, headquartered in Alsdorf, is the worldwide leading independent service provider for drivetrain testing with about 800 employees and 135 drivetrain testing test benches in Germany and China. Its customers include virtually all automotive and transmission manufacturers. The company offers quality assurance through efficient endurance tests and functional tests of manual and automatic transmissions, differentials, as well as hybrid and electric powertrains.

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Verdane VIII portfolio company Jupiter Bach has been elected Gazelle 2017 by Danish newspaper Borsen

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Jupiter Bach – Gazelle 2017

We are very proud to inform that Jupiter Bach has been awarded Gazelle 2017 by Borsen, the leading financial Magazine in Denmark. This is not something we have applied for, but a recognition we get as we have doubled the company’s revenue or result within a four year period.

More specifically Borsen is stating that “A Gazelle company has within 4 financial years had positive growth and has doubled the revenue or result. These are tough requirements – and it is impressive that you have been able to meet them. Gazelle companies daily defy challenges like low growth, demographic headwind, disruption and having to attract qualified manpower, but they are still able to create success. They generate new employment and progress, and add value for their owners and for the local community which they are a part of.

The award was given at a Boersen award event November 30 at Sonnerupgaard Gods in Hvalsoe, Denmark. Representatives from management and employees participated in the prestigious event.

Our election as Gazelle 2017 bears witness to our growth and positive development within the last 4 years.

We would like to express our gratitude to our loyal customers and devoted team of employees, who have all contributed to this development.

We will continue to work hard to continue this growth journey together with you, and remain

devoted to wind!

 

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Croda Acquire Finnish Technology Company IonPhasE

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Croda International Plc, who create, make and sell speciality chemicals for some of the biggest, most successful brands in the world, today announced that it has acquired IonPhasE for €24m. IonPhasE is an innovative technology supplier of static electricity protection products headquartered in Tampere, Finland.

Operating in some of the fastest growing segments within the plastics market, IonPhasE has developed a unique range of anti-static additives that help to prevent damage to electrical components, increase the safety of chemical and food packaging and improve the long term appearance of consumer appliances. Focused on Electrostatic Discharge Protection (ESD) and Inherently Dissipative Polymers (IDPs), IonPhasE’s products use the most advanced technologies in the static electricity protection market, which work to release static electricity in a controlled way.

Maarten Heybroek, President Performance Technologies at Croda said: “This acquisition supports our growth strategy within high technology, consumer driven material markets. We are delighted that IonPhasE is bringing its industry leading knowledge in the rapidly growing market for Electrostatic Discharge Protection to Croda”.

IonPhasE’s products are a natural extension to Croda’s existing product portfolio and, by bringing together the expertise of both research and development teams, Croda will be able to offer a broader and more diverse range of products to its customers through its dedicated global marketing and sales force.

Heybroek continued, “The acquisition of IonPhasE presents a significant opportunity for us at Croda, with its differentiated and patented product range, operating in a niche, high value sector of the polymer market. The experience and knowledge of the IonPhasE management team, coupled with our innovation strength, global sales reach and complimentary technologies, will allow us to better meet the needs of our customers within our Smart Materials sector.”

Claus Carlsen, Chief Executive Officer at IonPhasE said: “For over 15 years, we have focused on developing our technology in response to the needs of our customers. We are looking forward to developing this further with Croda’s support and expertise, whilst being able to reach existing and new customers faster through a higher level of customer intimacy. All of the team here at IonPhasE is excited about our future within Croda.”

Heli Ahlroos, Director at Tesi said: “Tesi has been involved in financing IonPhasE’s growth and internationalisation since 2012. Now that the company has joined forces with a strong industrial player, IonPhasE will have significant resources to accelerate its global growth. We believe this transaction will support the development of IonPhasE’s technology and personnel in Finland well into the future.”

 

For more information:

Heli Ahlroos, Director, Tesi,
heli.ahlroos@tesi.fi, +358 40 077 2833

Jill Ullathorne, Global Marketing Manager – Polymer Additives
Croda Europe, Cowick Hall, Snaith, Goole, East Yorkshire, DN14 9AA, UK
jill.ullathorne@croda.com

About Crodawww.croda.com
Established in 1925, Croda is the name behind high performance ingredients and technologies in some of the world’s biggest and most successful brands: creating, making and selling speciality chemicals that are relied on by industries and consumers everywhere.
Croda has a network of over 4,200 passionate and committed employees, working together as one global team across manufacturing sites and offices in 36 countries. Croda Polymer Additives is a global business offering speciality additives into a wide range of polymer applications to provide effects such as anti-fog, anti-static, anti-scratch, mold release, pigment dispersion, slip & anti-block, torque release, UV absorption and speciality plasticisers.

About IonPhasEwww.ionphase.fi

Established in 2001, Finnish technology company IonPhasE is a leading manufacturer of static dissipative polymer additives, commonly known as permanent antistatic additives. These additives are used to control static electricity in plastics, which is utilised in wide range of global markets including electronics and semiconductor, chemical, food, automotive and consumer appliances.

About Tesi

Tesi (Finnish Industry Investment Ltd) is a venture capital and private equity company that accelerates companies’ success stories by investing in them directly and via funds. Tesi always invests together with other investors, providing them with access to high quality deal-flow in Finland. Our investments under management total 1 billion euros and we have altogether 723 companies in portfolio.
www.tesi.fi | @TesiFII

 

 

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Jyri Järvinen new CEO of LEDiL

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Jyri Järvinen has been appointed as the new CEO of LEDiL, a leading growth company in the global market for secondary optics for LED lighting, as Rami Huovinen hands over the leadership after seven years as CEO. With experience of successfully developing organisations undergoing change, Jyri Järvinen will now lead LEDiL on its continued expansion. He will assume his new position in February 2018.

Jyri Järvinen has more than 20 years of operational and international experience within the ABB Group. Most recently as Group Vice President Industrial Drives and Wind converters. Jyri will take over as CEO of LEDiL on 1 February 2018.

“Under the leadership of Rami Huovinen, LEDiL has implemented a number of growth and innovation strategies in recent years that have contributed to the company’s leading market position. As the company now enters the next stage of its expansion and its organisational and product development, we consider Jyri – with his leadership and operational experience – to be a highly suitable person to lead the company. LEDiL is well positioned to achieve organic growth in several application areas and markets, and Jyri’s experience of global sales development and customer focus will be highly valuable in these efforts,” says Robin Molvin, Senior Investment Director.

LEDiL is a leading Finnish company in the global market for secondary optics for LED lighting. LEDiL products are sold through its own sales force and through agents and distributors in Europe, North America, South America and Asia. Ratos acquired 66% of LEDiL in 2014 and the company has demonstrated continuous growth and a strong operational performance in recent years. Sales for the first nine months of 2017 amounted to EUR 31.1m and the EBITA margin to 30.5%.

For further information, please contact:
Robin Molvin, Senior Investment Director, +46 70 695 50 49
Helene Gustafsson, Head of IR and Press, +46 8 700 17 98

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