MBO@Halder

Halder acquires Suvema

2019-10-29

Quality, reliability and increasing demand for automation and productivity characterize the Swiss manufacturing industry. Suppliers of customized CNC machine tools benefit from strong demand for individual solutions.

Halder has acquired a majority stake in Suvema AG (Biberist, Switzerland) as part of a management buy-out. Members of the management team participate in the transaction and become minority shareholders.

Suvema has been active in the Swiss machine tool market for 45 years and focuses on the customization of CNC turning / milling and multitasking machines. Suvema offers its customers a comprehensive product and service portfolio, from technical advice and customization of CNC machine tools to installation and maintenance services. Highly specific technical requirements for especially high-precision machining applications of its customers are the focus areas of Suvema.

Suvema has comprehensive technical consulting and implementation expertise and is therefore able to serve customers, i.e. from the luxury watch industry and medical technology industry, which require highly precise and individualized CNC machine tools. Until today, Suvema has installed more than 3,000 CNC machine tools for a broad range of customers, from reputable international corporations to medium-sized companies. For its customers, Suvema has been an important partner for CNC machine tools for many years. Suvema also maintains long-term partnerships on the supplier side, where the company exclusively represents brands of internationally leading CNC machine tool manufacturers, such as CITIZEN and OKUMA, in Switzerland. In 2018, the company generated sales of around CHF 42 million with 57 employees.

Future growth potential is expected from the continuing demand for CNC machine tools, especially in the field of high-precision application. In this context, Suvema will benefit from increasing demand for customized CNC machine tools as automation and efficiency requirements in customer’s production processes increase. In addition, it is planned to win customers in other end industries with similarly high requirements in terms of quality, reliability and precision.

Roland Gutknecht (CEO Suvema AG) says: "First and foremost, I owe this transaction to the entire workforce of Suvema. I am very proud that the performance of the entire team has been recognized by Halder and I look forward to working with Halder in the future. I firmly believe that we will benefit from Halder's strong and established expertise as well as its broad network. This promising future has made me join forces with my management colleagues to become shareholder in the company."

"We are very pleased to be working with Suvema’s management team to support the company's growth and further expand its market presence over the next few years," said Christian Muschalik, Partner at Halder. "In doing so, we want to further expand the impressive customer base in existing end markets, become solution and technology partner for new customers from adjacent industries, and further strengthen the organization."

The investment in Suvema is the third investment completed by the Halder team in 2019.