UK listed professional lighting specialist FW Thorpe Plc acquires SchahlLED Lighting from Active Capital Company.
FW Thorpe Plc (Thorpe) acquired the majority of the share capital of LED specialist SchahlLED Lighting (SchahlLED) from Active Capital Company (ACC) and management in September 2022. ACC, together with management, invested in SchahlLED in 2019 and supported the company in the implementation of several strategic initiatives during the past years. Driven by multiple add-on acquisitions and a defined strategic sales focus, the company achieved very strong growth and is today the preferred LED solution provider to many manufacturing and logistics players in Germany.
Becoming part of the Thorpe Group, launches the next growth phase for SchahlLED, especially for pan-European expansion. Managing Directors Bernd von Doering and Erich Obermeier comment: “Active Capital Company really helped us to transform SchahlLED into an industrial LED player serving many blue-chip customers and we enjoyed working with the team very much. Now we are ready to play an integral role in a larger group, which is the perfect long-term owner for us.” Carsten Weber, who joined SchahlLED in 2020 as Sales Director is appointed as additional Managing Director with immediate effect: “I am excited about the opportunities the partnership with Thorpe offers and I am convinced we can deliver even better service and products to our customers going forward”.
Mike Allcock, Chairman of Thorpe, comments:
“I would like to welcome the SchahlLED team to the Group. We aim to build upon our successful partnership, distributing our market leading SmartScan products into Germany and surrounding areas and continuing to grow our presence across Europe.”
About SchahlLED Lighting
SchahlLED Lighting is a turnkey provider of intelligent LED solutions for the industrial and logistics sectors with more than 50 years of lighting and 20 years of LED experience. The company is based in Unterschleißheim near Munich and has sales offices in Cologne and Weyhe next to Bremen. It is active in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Poland. As both manufacturer and full-service provider, SchahlLED plans lighting concepts and supplies intelligent LED lighting systems. With an extensive network of sales and service partners, SchahlLED completes more than one hundred projects annually. For more information visit www.schahlled.de.
About FW Thorpe Plc
Thorpe, headquartered in Worcestershire, UK and listed on the London Stock Exchange designs, manufactures and supplies professional lighting equipment. The Group comprises 8 companies and sells its products throughout the world. The group focuses on long-term growth and stability, achieved by delivering market-leading products, backed by excellent customer service. For more information visit www.fwthorpe.co.uk.
About Active Capital Company
ACC is an independent hands-on private equity investor focused on small and medium-sized enterprises in the Netherlands and Germany. ACC invests in companies active in the following sectors: industry, technical wholesale and business services with revenues between € 10m and € 100m. Through a highly entrepreneurial and active approach, ACC maximises the long-term value of its investments by supporting management in executing value-enhancing projects and providing access to its extensive partner network. ACC currently invests from its fourth fund and has offices in Amsterdam and Munich. For more information visit www.activecapitalcompany.com.
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