MBO@Halder

Halder acquires Sirag, Univer and Uniprod and integrates them with the portfolio companies Drumag and EPH in the Valeta Group

2020-3-25

Forming an international technology group in the field of automation as well as motion and process technology.

Halder has acquired a majority stake in Sirag AG, Univer AG and Uniprod AG in Steinhausen (Switzerland) through the portfolio companies Drumag Fluidtechnik GmbH in Bad-Säckingen and EPH Elektronik GmbH in Besigheim-Ottmarsheim, which are connected through the Valeta Group. The three newly acquired companies are specialized in high-quality solutions in pneumatics and process technology for over 30 years. They design and manufacture as a leading pneumatics group in Switzerland e.g. customized system solutions, special valves and control blocks. Sirag, Univer and Uniprod together generated sales of € 15 million in 2019.

Sirag, Univer and Uniprod will be integrated together with Drumag and EPH in Valeta GmbH. Together the companies generate a turnover of c. € 37 million with around 200 employees in Germany, Switzerland and Lithuania. Over 2,500 customers are supplied from various customer industries, such as mechanical and plant engineering, aviation, automation, or medical technology. The group combines expertise in pneumatics, hydraulics, hydropneumatics, electromechanics and electronics. As a strategic partner for its customers, it focuses on complex, customized solutions. These solutions help to automate and optimize processes, by making them e.g. faster, more precise, safer, and more environmentally friendly, through application-specific designs. Valeta is benefiting from the trend towards increasing automation in production and increased demand for energy-efficient, intelligent Industry 4.0 solutions in production.

Frank Kuttler, Managing Director of Valeta commented: “The merger of the companies brings clear advantages: Especially employees, customers and suppliers benefit from a larger, broader business and from the mutual transfer of know-how. We intend to further expand the organization and team in Germany and Switzerland.”

Philipp Scheier, partner at Halder, added: “Sirag, Uniprod and Univer strengthen and complement the existing business in Switzerland. We are looking forward to supporting the companies in their further growth.”

For two of the three managing owners of Sirag, Univer and Uniprod, the sale is an immediate succession solution. They leave the day-to-day operations, but remain connected to the companies with their experience and competence as advisors. Othmar Seiler, partner and chairman of Univer, will lead the three companies and, together with his team, will develop them further within the overall group.

Othmar Seiler explained: “Valeta is a competent business catalysator and Halder is strong financial partner – these are the best prerequisites to continue our growth path.”
Adrian Emch, shareholder and chairman of Sirag and Uniprod as well as future advisor to the group, said: “Halder and Valeta have enabled us to execute a sustainable ownership succession. We have found the optimal solution for our customers as well as for our employees, which ensures continuity and further growth for the future. The professionalism in the complex sales process absolutely confirmed this.”

Halder is a financial investor in the German-speaking region since 1991. Since then, it has invested in 42 medium-sized companies. The investments usually achieve growth through internationalization, strategic refocusing, growth investments and acquisitions. Halder is held and managed by the three partners Mathias Fackelmeyer, Christian Muschalik and Philipp Scheier. Halder is currently investing its sixth fund and managing a portfolio of six companies.