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Heycomfort GmbH, a subsidiary of Heywinkel Holding GmbH, one of NORD Holdings’s portfolio companies, is expanding its business operations through acquisition

29.11.2010

Since the middle of 2007 NORD Holding Unternehmensbeteiligungsgesellschaft mbH is the majority shareholder of the Heywinkel Group.

The Heywinkel Group with their main office at Bramsche, Lower Saxony, counts amongst the leading manufacturers of technical textiles and systems & components for the automotive industry. Heywinkel Holding GmbH at Bramsche with the two independent companies Heyform Bramsche GmbH and Heytex Bramsche GmbH is the front-runner of the Heywinkel Group.

Founded in October 2010, Heycomfort GmbH combines the department Cabin Construction and Heyform Bramsche GmbH with the know-how of schneider fahrkomfort gmbh - by bundling all the competences in one single company. With the recent purchase of schneider fahrkomfort gmbH business operations Heycomfort offers the whole world of cabin construction from one single source - e.g. steel engineering,airconditioning and complete solutions for driver cabins on the company´s premises at Braunsdorf (near Dresden).

Heycomfort GmbH's renowned customer base includes a diversity of European companies such as NISSAN Forklift Europe in Spain, Terex GmbH in Crailsheim, NACCO Materials Handling in Craigavon, Northern Ireland, Mitsubishi Caterpillar in Almere, the Netherlands.

Klaus Pontius, CEO of the Heywinkel Group commenting on the merger: "With Heycomfort GmbH we will successfully pick up where both schneider fahrkomfort and Heyform Bramsche's cabin construction business were prior to the financial crisis and we will even significantly increase our market share. Furthermore, by taking this step we not only secure important jobs in Bramsche Lower Saxony and the Dresden region but also substantially expand the Dresden location through new business.

We are confident that by acquiring the business operations and bundling shared competences into one company Heycomfort GmbH have created excellent prerequisites for increasing growth opportunities in the cabin construction market. By actively supporting the acquisition we have once again stepped up to the mark as a strong partner for our portfolio companies

Matthias Kues
CEO of NORD Holding

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 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.

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.

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