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    AESSEAL
    UK / Private Equity

    Industrial

    Overview

    AES’s mechanical seals are used in a variety of pumps and rotating equipment worldwide to prevent liquids and gases escaping into the environment. A wide range of mechanical seal types are manufactured to suit different industries and the significant investment made in modular design means that AES provides the best on-time delivery performance in the industry. 

    The AESSEAL® range of seals, seal support systems and bearing protectors are designed to improve reliability and reduce maintenance costs of rotating equipment. The business is focused on giving customers such exceptional service that they need never consider alternative sources of supply.

    Highlights

    • Established a strong international position in many end-user markets including the most arduous Oil & Gas applications
    • Exceptional customer service on engineered specials provided through planned under-utilisation of 9 and 11 axis machines and world class integrated CAD / CAM and PLM
    • Received 13 Queen’s Awards
    • Global service is provided through 38 fully or majority owned international subsidiaries
    "3i has been a great partner over nearly two decades. They understand what it takes to grow a great, international business; they both support us in that mission and challenge us to be the best we can." Chris Rea, OBE Founder and Managing Director
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    Aspen Pumps
    UK / Private Equity

    Industrial

    Overview

    Aspen Pumps designs, manufactures and distributes specialised mini pumps that remove condensate water from air conditioning and refrigeration systems. It is the global leader for mini pumps and is renowned for having the most reliable, installer friendly and innovative products. Additionally, it sells a range of products for air conditioning installers and engineers, including its range of accessories, Aspen Xtra, and rooftop mounting systems, Big Foot.

    Following our acquisition of Aspen in 2015, the business is building on its market leading position and further penetrating international markets in Europe, the Americas and Asia through a number of organic and acquisitive initiatives to enhance its offering of value-added components, tools and accessories.

    Highlights

    • Strong international presence with products available in over 100 countries
    • Completed four acquisitions in France, Germany, Australia and the UK since our investment
    • Global sales force effectiveness initiative rolled out in 2016 to further accelerate organic growth globally
    • Focus on innovation and new product development, with a number of successful new product launches in 2016 and 2017
    • 90% increase in revenues in the first three and a half years of our investment
    "We are delighted to be partnering with 3i. We have been impressed with their ambition for the business and feel we can benefit greatly from their experience supporting businesses achieve international expansion." Adrian Thompson, Chief Executive, Aspen Pumps
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    Dynatect Manufacturing
    North America / Private Equity

    Industrial

    Overview

    Dynatect is a leading manufacturer of engineered, mission critical components that protect equipment.

    Dynatect’s products are made from a variety of materials ranging from nylons to metals and are designed to protect and elongate the life of valuable equipment and protect workers near machinery. Products are low-cost yet critical, such as cable carriers or telescopic protective covers, and are sold into a large number of end-markets including automation, machine tools, construction, agriculture, transportation, medical and O&G. 

    The company is headquartered in Wisconsin, USA, and operates in four locations in the US and two locations in Europe.

    Highlights

    • Recruited several new executives into the senior leadership team to drive key initiatives
    • Investments in Pricing and New Product Development to drive organic growth
    • Investments in an ERP implementation and lean practices to improve operational efficiency
    • Introduced Bill Barker, former CEO of Mold-Masters as Chairman, and Steve Breitzka, former CEO of Apex Tool and Group Executive at Danaher, to the board
    "3i was a natural choice of partner for us. With their international network and local market insight, we will be able to accelerate our international growth strategy and be best placed to service our global customer base". Brian McSharry, Former CEO, Dynatect
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    EURO-DIESEL
    Benelux / Private Equity

    Industrial

    Overview

    Belgium-headquartered EURO-DIESEL was established in 1989. The Company designs, manufactures and maintains Diesel Rotary Uninterruptable Power Supply systems (“DRUPS systems) for top-tier customers in EMEA, the Americas and Asia Pacific through its worldwide network of 12 subsidiaries and over 40 distributors.

    EURO-DIESEL has seen significant international expansion through the success of its unique NO-BREAK KS® DRUPS systems which ensure that its customers are immediately protected from power supply failures. This is a mission-critical product for its customers, which include data centres, hospitals, airports, banks, road and railway tunnels.

    Highlights

    • Technological leader position sustained through the expansion of its international sales organisation, and continued investment in product innovation
    • Our extensive international experience and contacts in the sector supports EURO-DIESEL’s ambitious international growth agenda
    • Introduced Peter Grosch as Chairman and Mike Tobin OBE as Non-Executive Director via our Business Leaders Network
    "The partnership with 3i brings new momentum to EURO-DIESEL’s development. We benefit greatly from 3i’s international network and experience in managing growth while improving operational performance." Philippe Gillain, CEO, EURO-DIESEL
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    Formel D
    Germany / Private Equity

    Industrial

    Overview

    Formel D is a leading global service provider to the automotive and component supply industry, offering quality assurance and process optimisation along the entire value chain - from development to production through to aftersales.

    The company offers a wide range of testing and inspection services for individual parts, systems and vehicles to major OEMs and suppliers. Formel D was founded in 1993 and has over 9,000 employees at 80 facilities in 20 countries worldwide.

    Highlights

    • Pursue attractive international growth opportunities both organically and by acquisitions
    • Up- and cross-sell the service portfolio to customers internationally
    • Partnered with management to expand higher “value-add” service offering
    • Introduced CITIC Capital as investment partner with a broad network in China
    • Introduced Ralph Heck as Chairman via our Business Leaders Network
    “We are excited to work with 3i and CITIC Capital. Formel D’s international success story has just begun and we feel the combination of 3i and CITIC Capital is an exceptional one to further drive the next phase of our growth.” Dr. Juergen Laakmann, CEO, Formel D
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    Schlemmer
    Germany / Private Equity

    Industrial

    Overview

    Schlemmer is a global leader in cable management solutions for the automotive industry. It develops and produces cable protection, as well as air and fluid handling systems, for automotive and commercial applications. Schlemmer offers a well-diversified product portfolio and operates a global manufacturing network.

    We are working with the Schlemmer team to build on the company’s strength in Europe and Asia and further grow its global footprint by strengthening its presence in the US market through organic expansion and select add-on acquisitions.

    Highlights

    • Via our Business Leaders Network we introduced Günter Hauptmann and Knut Michelberger as Non-Executive Directors
    • Cable management sector is well-positioned to take advantage of megatrends such as connectivity, e-mobility, and autonomous driving and safety
    • Since 3i‘s investment, the company has further professionalised its governance & compliance systems and financial reporting, including the introduction of additional staff and new software tools
    "We are delighted to be partnering with 3i for the next stage in our global growth story. I’m convinced that Schlemmer will greatly benefit from 3i’s deep experience and strong track record in the automotive industry, as well as from its international network." Josef Minster, CEO, Schlemmer
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    Weener Plastics
    Germany / Private Equity

    Industrial

    Overview

    Weener Plastics (“WP”) is a leading manufacturer of innovative plastic packaging systems for fast moving consumer goods companies. WP supplies the world’s leading A-brands and private label players. WP focuses on the design, development and manufacturing of value added caps, valve closures and roll-on balls for the personal care, food and beverage, and home care market.

    We invested in WP in June 2015 and are supporting management to secure further sustainable growth using the existing innovation-led platform, investing in its successful international expansion strategy and continuing its operational improvement initiatives.

    Highlights

    • Using our international network, experience and capital to support WP’s growth through their buy-and-build strategy to expand into adjacent product categories and new geographies. WP acquired Proenfar, a leading Colombian plastic packaging manufacturer for the personal care and pharma end markets, in 2018
    • Customer portfolio includes Beiersdorf, Colgate-Palmolive, L’Oréal, Nestlé, P&G, Unilever and Homann
    • Excellent track record of growth
    • Introduced Niall Wall, former CEO of Ardagh as Chairman as well as Laurent Philippe, former president CEEMEA of P&G, and Knut Michelberger to the Supervisory Board as Non-Executive Directors via our Business Leaders Network
    "With the support of 3i, we will be able to take our company’s development to the next level by fostering growth, expanding our global footprint, continuing to build our innovation leadership and further improving the efficiency and effectiveness of our operations." Roel Zeevat, CEO, Weener Plastics
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