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Berger on expansion course with NORD Holding as the new majority shareholder

01.08.2013

With sales in the tens of millions, A. Berger GmbH is one of Europe's largest providers of digitally printable textiles and processing equipment. The products are used for advertising banners, event decorations and home furnishings. Digital printers and distributors in more than 40 countries are supplied from the Krefeld headquarters.For further national and international expansion, NORD Holding comes on board as a strong partner. NORD Holding Unternehmens­beteiligungs­gesellschaft mbH is a leading German equity investor for the Mittelstand with a more than 40-year history.

A. Berger GmbH's growth rate is to be maintained and strengthened in the coming months and years through consistent expansion of range and sales. The highest quality, delivery and service to customers are at the core of this. One major component is the US subsidiary founded in 2010 in Los Angeles California which has steadily increased its position in the growing digital printing market.The strong Berger brand has established itself in the US market after only two years.

The previous owner Diethelm Schüssler confidently passes the healthy business onto NORD Holding and the new Managing Directors Marc Nitsche and Gerrit Rauch, both active for years in management at Berger, and now, together with NORD Holding, shareholders. "We are pleased to have found with NORD Holding a long-term investor who works in partnership and speaks our language", said the new managing directors. Everything remains as good as ever for both the customers as well as for the employees at the two sites.

About NORD Holding

With its 50-year history and over € 2.0 billion assets under management, NORD Holding is one of the leading private equity asset managers in Germany with a focus on direct and fund investments.

The fund investments division targets the small- and mid-cap segment of the European private equity market through primaries, secondaries and co-investments.

NORD Holding has a strong focus on emerging buyout managers, hands-on investment strategies and regularly acts as an anchor investor. The division manages € 1.3 billion and ranks among the top decile fund investment groups in Europe.

The direct investments division of NORD Holding focuses on structuring and financing company succession models, acquiring parts of larger groups/subsidiaries as well as on expansion financing of medium-sized companies. In contrast to most other financial investors, who only manage closed-end funds, NORD Holding acts as a so-called "evergreen fund", thereby investing from its own balance sheet with no maturity restrictions. Currently, the fund has interests in more than 15 companies in the DACH region.

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