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NORD Holding sells WEMAS Absperrtechnik GmbH to Gimv, along with its Management


NORD Holding Unternehmensbeteiligungsgesellschaft mbH, Hanover, has sold its subsidiary WEMAS Absperrtechnik GmbH, Gütersloh, to Gimv, along with the subsidiary's management team. The execution of the transaction is still subject to approval by the cartel authorities.

WEMAS is a market leader in the German-speaking countries in passive traffic engineering. Due to a high depth of added value and a strong service competence, the company was able to expand its market position significantly in recent years and increase its international activities. Sales are predominantly by specialist dealers and to road safety companies. WEMAS has 120 employees at the company headquarters in Gütersloh, and achieved a turnover of € 33.7 millionin the past financial year.

NORD Holding acquired a majority interest in WEMAS in 2011, as part of a succession solution. Key milestones were the successful development of a management team, improvement of operational performance, as well as innovations in products, processes, and services.

NORD Holding was always committed and competent partner for us, which has reliably supported us in the achievement of common goals.

We are glad to have a new partner now in Gimv, with which we can achieve further growth.

Markus Schwinn

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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