Nature of business
Since its establishment in 1986, German based Gesellschaft für Industrieforschung mbH (“GIF”) has grown into a leading international specialist in transmission testing. It is a significant development partner for the automotive original equipment manufacturers (“OEMs”) and, with its more than 130 test rigs, GIF is the world’s largest independent transmission test rig operator.
It differentiates itself through transmission expertise, flexibility, technology, and its scale as well as cost leadership compared to in-house testing at automotive OEMs and transmission suppliers.
GIF has demonstrated solid growth since its founding, with its recent internationalisation delivering further growth. Over the last 10 years, sales have grown at a double-digit CAGR.
"With our international network and extensive experience in the testing and inspection and automotive sectors, we are looking forward to supporting GIF’s management in further accelerating the company’s growth in the coming years."
We have invested €80 million in GIF since October 2013, with the enterprise value of the initial transaction being approximately €100 million.
We will support GIF in building a global specialist for tests on transmissions and other powertrain components, offering automotive OEMs even more extensive options to outsource durability testing. With our international network and extensive experience in the testing and inspection and automotive sectors, we will support management in further accelerating GIF’s growth in Europe, China and North America over the coming years.
Furthermore, through our Business Leaders Network, GIF’s board has been strengthened with the appointment of Gunter Hauptmann and Ad Verkuyten.
Regulatory notice: This transaction involved a recommendation of 3i Investments plc, advised by 3i Germany.