Deal summary:

Target: epis Automation

Industry: Control and automation technology

Investor: BPE

Task: Commercial Due Diligence

“Road map Industry 4.0” - maconda supports medium-sized investment company BPE on a forward-looking investment in a control and automation technology manufacturer

maconda news December 2015

The Hamburg investor BPE Unternehmensbeteiligungen relied on maconda once again for commercial due diligence services – this time in the run-up to the acquisition of epis Automation GmbH & Co. KG from the Swabian town of Albstadt, Germany. This meant that BPE not only had access to the vast experience of the engineering & technology competence team as well as the expertise in relevant end markets like the textile industry, but also our deep understanding of future technologies such as the “Internet of Things” and “Industry 4.0”.

maconda prepares commercial due diligence for the acquisition of a control and automation technology manufacturer

epis is a manufacturer of customer-specific engineering solutions. The product range includes components for the control of machines as well as modules for the input and transmission of technical commands, so-called “Human Machine Interfaces”. The core competence of epis is the customer-specific development of solutions for machine and system manufacturers down to a batch size of 1. In addition to the development and implementation of customer-specific control system concepts, the medium-sized company also offers its customers extensive services for the entire service life of their products.

Key aspects of the commercial due diligence included analyzing the underlying driving markets and customer markets (including the textile industry) as well as evaluating current technical developments. We also assessed epis’ strategic positioning in the competitive environment as well as in terms of relevant industry trends – such as Industry 4.0.

maconda has many years of experience in engineering and an understanding of innovative future technologies like Big Data, the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0. This, paired with extensive experience in supporting company transactions, allowed the maconda team to quickly develop a qualified analysis of the company in addition to its relevant markets and competitive environment.

With an investment focus on German SMEs, BPE has enjoyed great success since its founding almost 20 years ago. Securing the independence and innovative strength of its portfolio companies is a core element of the company's investment strategy.

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