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Kleffmann Group takes NORD Holding “on board” to support further growth.


The world leader in agricultural market research thus opens up the next phase in growth.

The corporate history of Kleffmann GmbH makes impressive reading.Within a short time the company, founded in 1990, has made a name for itself as the world's leading provider of market research in the agricultural sector.

For the current financial year the Kleffmann Group, which employs over 350 people, expects a turnover of approximately € 21.0 million. In addition to the corporate headquarters in Lüdinghausen, the company has another 17 subsidiaries around the world at locations including Brazil, China, Russia, Australia and the USA.

"A prerequisite for this corporate development was to put the quality of our global data collection and our long-standing expertise in agribusiness based data analysis skills at the heart of our daily work. This will continue to be our number one priority", says Burkhard Kleffmann, managing partner of Kleffmann Group, summarising the success story.

To continue the business growth of the past into the future, the company intends to increase the size of the company further through targeted internationalisation, especially in Asia and Africa, in addition to the organic growth in existing markets.

"To implement this strategy we have found with NORD Holding a majority shareholder whose partnership approach towards SMEs fits and speaks our language", adds Kleffmann.

As one of the leading market research companies in the agricultural sector, the Kleffmann Group provides custom market research methods with innovative solutions in more than 65 countries for major international corporate clients in the agribusiness areas of seeds, crop protection, technology etc. The Kleffmann Group has extensive market knowledge and a holistic approach towards the agribusiness, providing international customers with valuable and comprehensive data analysis for their strategic and operational decision-making.

We have purposefully invested in the agricultural sector. It is one of the most interesting future markets. A more professionalised food industry can make a vital contribution towards solving the world's food problem.

Long decision-making and communication paths are unknown to the company. The Kleffmann Group today thus represents an ideal platform for organic and external growth. We are pleased to be able to take the second step of business development together with the founder.

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 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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