DZ Equity Partner makes principal investment in ZPF therm Maschinenbau GmbH

(lifePR) ( Frankfurt am Main, )
The Frankfurt-based private equity firm DZ Equity Partner GmbH has acquired a majority stake in the engineering company ZPF therm Maschinenbau GmbH of Siegelsbach. The deal will see the investment company participate in the management buyout of the Baden-Württemberg industrial furnaces specialist led by Professor Hubertus Semrau. The total value of the buyout has not been made public. The previous principal partner, the venture-capital fund MFBay Mittelstandsfonds Bayern GmbH, has decided to exit its investment on portfolio strategy grounds.

Focused growth strategy

To quote Professor Semrau, the managing director of ZPF therm, the joint objective of the management team and DZ Equity Partner GmbH is to continuously expand ZPF therm's international market position and further strengthen the company's status as the technology leader in the construction of both smelting and holding furnaces for aluminium processing. He describes the on-boarding of the Frankfurt-based investment firm as an important step towards securing the company's long-term growth: "Teaming up with DZ Equity Partner GmbH will give ZPF therm a solid foundation for the enterprise expansion we have planned, for the further internationalisation of the company, and for new technological developments."

Founded at the start of the Nineties, ZPF therm rapidly succeeded in transforming itself from an SME furnace-builder into the undisputed German market leader in its business segment. Olivier Weddrien, MD of DZ Equity Partner GmbH, says that the ambitious company's track record of success and the excellent prospects that stemmed from its technology leadership were the decisive factors in the decision to invest: "The continuous extension of ZPF therm's technology lead combined with the outstanding promise of aluminium as the material of the future, will ensure the firm sustains its positive growth."

ZPF therm Maschinenbau GmbH

ZPF therm is a world-leading manufacturer of industrial furnaces and ancillary plant for the aluminium-processing industry. Based in Siegelsbach in Baden-Württemberg, the company has always remained loyal to Germany as a manufacturing center and its highly-qualified workforce produces high-performance melting furnaces whose improved thermal insulation and gas flow control allow them to operate significantly more energy-efficiently and reliably than conventional designs. One unique feature of its furnaces is the cleanness of the exhaust gases they produce, which eliminates the need for additional waste gas treatment measures (such as filters).

Further information on the company is available in the Internet http://www.zpf-therm.de/.

The previous principal partner, a fund managed by Auctus Management GmbH & Co KG, decided to exit its investment after Auctus had - together with the management - successfully expanded the company in the preceding two and a half years. Lincoln International AG assisted Auctus in an advisory capacity during the transaction.
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