2021 - A cleantech year: NORD Holding's Dr. Födisch Umweltmesstechnik AG accelerates its growth trajectory with the acquisition of TESTA GmbH - further acquisitions will follow


Following last year's acquisition of a majority stake in Dr. Födisch Umweltmesstechnik AG, our portfolio company further strengthened its position as a technology holding group. With the acquisition of TESTA GmbH, headquartered in Munich, a further step was taken towards becoming a fully comprehensive European process and environmental measurement technology specialist.

The acquisition enables the company to tap into new customer segments and industries while expanding its existing product portfolio to flame ionization detectors (FID). FIDs are used for emission measurement in combustion plants, for process analysis in the oil and gas industry as well as in the chemical industry.

Testa's unique selling point is that it is currently the only supplier with QAL-1 certification for mobile devices in the market. These mobile FID measuring devices for approved measuring stations offer an excellent competitive advantage and growth opportunities.

Dr. Holger Födisch, the CEO of Dr. Födisch Umweltmesstechnik AG, identifies synergy potentials in the emission measurement segment and promising new sales opportunities in the field of process measurement. In addition to technological know-how, recurring service is an essential component of both companies' service portfolio.

For several years, there has been an ongoing and cooperative business relationship between the two companies, which has now led to the takeover in the context of a succession plan. The previous managing director, Dr. Bernard Ulrich, will continue to provide his expertise for a transition and integration period.

Under the roof of Dr. Födisch Umweltmesstechnik AG, a group of technology providers with a strong focus on environmental measurement and automation technology is expanding. The acquisition of Testa is therefore a further important building block to realize the planned organic and inorganic growth ambitions. Further strategic acquisitions in the fields of environmental, process and emission measurement technology will follow in the next few years.

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About Dr. Födisch Umweltmesstechnik AG

Founded in 1991, Dr. Födisch Umweltmesstechnik AG is a leading and independent group of companies for applications in the field of environmental, process and analysis technology. Headquartered in Markranstädt near Leipzig, with service and sales subsidiaries in Germany and a subsidiary in China, the company has more than 180 employees. In addition to environmental, support and maintenance services, the product portfolio includes fine dust sensors, filter monitors, dust measuring concentration devices, gas analyzers and volume flow meters. Customers are European and non-European companies, including firms from the energy, chemical, construction as well as waste and disposal industries, which are supported globally in meeting emission limits and monitoring various processes.

For further information please visit: www.foedisch.de

About TESTA GmbH

Testa GmbH is a leading manufacturer of FID analyzers and analytical measurement systems in the field of environmental and process measurement technology. The company was founded in Munich in 1976 and has an expected turnover of approx. 2.9 million EUR in 2021. Sales are handled by a worldwide dealer network with over 40 regional offices. Customers include renowned companies from the chemical industry, the manufacturing sector, TÜVs as well as engineering offices. Testa's measuring systems are also used by universities, research institutes and certified measuring centers.

For further information please visit: www.testa-fid.de

About NORD Holding

With over 50 years of history and assets under management of € 2.5 billion, NORD Holding is one of the leading private equity asset management companies in Germany. The focus is on the business areas of direct investments and fund of funds investments.

The focus of the direct business is on the structuring and financing of corporate succession models, the acquisition of group divisions/subsidiaries and the expansion financing of medium-sized companies. In contrast to most other financial investors, which only manage funds with a limited term, NORD Holding acts as a so-called "evergreen fund" with no term restrictions and invests from its own balance sheet. The company is currently involved in more than 15 companies in Germany and other German-speaking countries.

The Fund Investments division targets the small-cap segment of the European private equity market and focuses on primary, secondary and co-investments. NORD Holding concentrates strongly on buyout managers newly established on the market, operational investment strategies and also regularly acts as an anchor investor.

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