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NORD Holding acquires majority in Cleantech Company Dr. Födisch Umwelttechnik AG


NORD Holding has acquired a majority stake in Dr. Födisch Umweltmesstechnik AG. The transaction was executed with the participation of WMS Wachstumsfonds Mittelstand Sachsen. The Födisch family as well as the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors Dr. Holger Födisch also remain shareholders of the company. Together with NORD Holding and WMS the aim is to expand the market position and to continue the successful growth course of recent years.

Dr. Födisch Umweltmesstechnik AG is a leading manufacturer of emission technology for monitoring environmentally harmful gases, dust, and volume flows. Fields of application are emission monitoring (CEMS: Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems), process and environmental measurement technology and recurring tests of stationary measuring equipment. The product portfolio ranges from mobile and stationary measuring devices to complete systems. The medium-sized company operates in a market environment that has been growing steadily for years, driven by global megatrends and stricter environmental regulations. It supports its more than 600 international customers in operating sustainably and in a future-oriented manner. Dr. Födisch Umweltmesstechnik AG currently has more than 180 employees.

"Dr. Födisch Umweltmesstechnik AG is a typical example of a true hidden champion, characterized by a culture of innovation and engineering competence. From the beginning, we were very impressed by the team spirit and the technology focus of the company as well as the entrepreneurial vision of Dr. Holger Födisch. With our capabilities, we would like to accompany this outstanding organization into the next phase of growth with the partnership we have established – we are looking forward to our joint future", says Andreas Bösenberg, Managing Director of NORD Holding.

Dr. Holger Födisch, founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors:

"After 29 years of successful and dynamic development of the company and the Födisch Group, we have actively sought to reorganize the shareholder structure. This will enable us to meet the challenges of future growth and create the basis for a further consistent orientation of the Group towards the areas of environmental and automation technology. With NORD Holding we have found the right partner for implementing our strategies, goals and visions. We are looking forward to the joint challenges and cooperation."

For NORD Holding the investment in Dr. Födisch Umweltmesstechnik AG marks the third investment in the green and cleantech sector. This underlines the investment strategy of focusing on sustainability technologies and benefiting from long-term megatrends such as the necessary increase in resource and energy productivity and the reduction of environmental pollution.

On the part of NORD Holding, the transaction was managed by Andreas Bösenberg, Martin Scheffler and Marcel Rosengarten.

WMS had already invested in Dr. Födisch Umweltmesstechnik AG with its previous fund. Harald Rehberg (Managing Director of WMS) commented on the transaction: "We are pleased to continue to support the Födisch Group as partners with our third-generation WMS. The company has developed magnificently in the last years – also thanks to its successful internationalization. We also see a high dynamic in the future, not least through further acquisitions in suitable segments.”

At WMS Wachstumsfonds Mittelstand Sachsen, Harald Rehberg and Andreas Müller were responsible for the project.


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. In 2018, EP Ehrler Prüftechnik Engineering GmbH (Niederstetten) was successfully integrated as a wholly owned subsidiary. EP Ehrler is a specialist in the field of flow measurement technology for air, gases and fluids and develops its own customized as well as technology-oriented holistic solutions.

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About WMS Wachstumsfonds Mittelstand Sachsen

WMS Wachstumsfonds Mittelstand Sachsen is an initiative of the Free State of Saxony and regional credit institutions and has accompanied more than 30 Saxon companies in the implementation of their growth strategies since 2005. Since the beginning of this year, the WMS is entering its third fund generation. In addition to the saving banks (Sparkassen), investors now include Sächsische Aufbaubank, Bürgschaftsbank Sachsen and Mittelständische Beteiligungsgesellschaft. In the coming years, the fund will invest a further 85 million euros in Saxony's medium-sized companies.

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With a 50-year 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 direct investment and fund of funds investment divisions.

The focus of direct business is on structuring and financing corporate succession models, the takeover of group divisions/subsidiaries and expansion financing for medium-sized companies. In contrast to most other financial investors who only manage funds for a limited period NORD Holding acts as a so-called "evergreen fund" with no time limit and invests from its own balance sheet. At present the company is invested 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 regularly acts as an anchor investor.

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