Vienna-based KML-Group acquired by Aalberts to enhance its semicon efficiency portfolio

  • Jul 2022
  • Industrial
  • M&A: Sell-Side
  • Benelux
  • Germany
  • Pan-European

The shareholders of KML Linear Motion Technology GmbH including its subsidiary KML Precision Machining GmbH (together “KML-Group”) have reached an agreement to sell 100% of their shares to Aalberts N.V. from the Netherlands.

Livingstone supported the sellers in the sale as exclusive M&A advisor. The parties have agreed to maintain confidentiality regarding the key terms of the transaction and closing of the deal is still subject to clearance from Cartel Authorities.

KML-Group, based and founded in Vienna, provides cutting-edge mechatronic solutions performing linear and rotative high-speed movements in challenging areas of application. KML-Group systems are predominantly used as integral subsystem of machinery, enabling high-performance manufacturing in semicon efficiency. KML-Group’s portfolio encompasses mainly customised solutions, tailored precisely to the customers’ individual needs from design to series production. KML-Group is a partner from project definition and conception to engineering, manufacturing and assembly, including training and aftersales service. In addition, KML-Group offers standardised linear motor systems and components.

Aalberts, founded in 1975, is a listed global industrial technology company headquartered in Utrecht, The Netherlands, with approx. 14,500 employees in 135 locations worldwide and a turnover of almost EUR 3 bn. Aalberts’ offering comprises innovative products and services in eco-friendly buildings, sustainable transportation, industrial niches and semicon efficiency. Aalberts aims to achieve sustainable profitable growth through leading positions in markets where innovation is essential. It has a strong footprint in the United States and Europe, including various locations in the DACH region.

According to Aalberts’ press release of today both Aalberts and KML-Group will work closely together to drive growth. Both companies can offer combined mechatronics solutions to existing key accounts and new customers in the different regions. Technology will be exchanged between the companies to drive innovations and further capacity expansions will be facilitated.

Andreas Wiedrich, co-founder and general manager of KML-Group, who will continue to manage and grow KML-Group together with his experienced management team under the new ownership of Aalberts Group, said: “My special thanks goes to the deal-team from Livingstone, namely Jochen Hense, Johannes Faber and Konrad Kofen, who together with Achim Gippers of Adductum supported me from the initial approach throughout the full transaction cycle until the signing and made this international cross-border transaction possible.”

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