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NORD Holding acquires Karmann Subsidiary Julius Heywinkel GmbH


NORD Holding Unternehmensbeteiligungsgesellschaft mbH, Hanover, has acquired the Julius Heywinkel Group from the Wilhelm Karmann Corporation in a management buyout. The Group specialises in producing coated technical textiles and fabrics and has positioned itself as a market leader for large format banner advertising. A further major business segment is "Systems and Components" that has built up a solid reputation as an automotive supplier for trim elements for vehicle interiors amongst other things.

The core of the Group is Julius Heywinkel GmbH headquartered in Bramsche near Osnabrück with its subsidiaries Heytex in Neugersdorf (Saxony) and Heytex technical textiles in Zhangjiagang (China). The present single management structure will continue as such in a new holding company specifically founded for this purpose and based in future in Bramsche.

In addition to NORD Holding the management together with the managing director, Klaus Pontius, will also retain a stake in the holding company. The management team will therefore have a greater opportunity to be more involved in the running of the company than previously.

In fiscal year 2007 the Group is set to generate turnover of € 110 mil. with a headcount of 400. In future the Group is expected to grow, particularly in overseas markets.

"Heywinkel's strong market position combined with its existing innovation and production know-how at its current locations will enable further expansion and the international development of the Group", stated a NORD Holding spokesperson. Further acquisitions cannot be ruled out.

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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