IK Partners to sell Klingel Medical Group to Elos Medtech

IK Partners (“IK”) is pleased to announce that the IK VIII Fund (“IK VIII”) has reached an agreement to sell its stake in KLINGEL Holding GmbH (“Klingel Medical Group”, “Klingel” or “the Group”), a leading full-service provider for complex high-end components and custom products for medical technology, to Elos Medtech AB (“Elos Medtech”) (STO: ELOS-B).

Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Pforzheim, Germany, Klingel has grown to become a market-leading contract development and manufacturing organisation (“CDMO”) with a strong focus on medical technology (“MedTech”) customers across Orthopaedics, Spine, Trauma, Surgical Robotics, Endoscopy and Dental. The Group’s offering spans the entire value chain from development services to production and sterile packaging, with eight production facilities in Southern Germany and Switzerland.

With IK’s support, the business has transformed from a local contract manufacturer in the DACH market into a truly international MedTech CDMO with a strong customer base of global MedTech original equipment manufacturers. During this period, sales have more than trebled, driven by an expansion of production technologies and the successful bolt-on acquisitions of GEHRING CUT, Bächler Feintech, puracon and Ruetschi. Collectively, the Group has approximately 900 employees.

In addition to its full value chain coverage, Klingel relies on deep technological expertise as well as development, production and regulatory know-how to drive outperformance versus its peers. The Group also has a very experienced management team which has more than 80 years of combined experience at C-suite level.

Ralf Petrawitz and Christoph Ruetschi, Co-CEOs at Klingel Medical Group, commented: “We would like to thank the team at IK for their unwavering support over the past five years; a period which has seen us demonstrate exceptional growth and expand our DACH footprint in MedTech. We are proud of all that we have achieved and look forward to continuing this growth trajectory with our new partner Elos Medtech.”

Anders Petersson, Managing Partner at IK and Advisor to the IK VIII Fund, said: “Since our acquisition of the business in 2018, together with management, we have successfully executed our growth strategy, helping Klingel to significantly expand its customer base to become an international MedTech company. One of the reasons we invested in Klingel, was the fragmented nature of this market and its consolidation potential. With our support, the Group has been able to make several exciting bolt-on acquisitions and become a consolidator in the market, which has enabled Klingel to become a leading CDMO in the MedTech sector. It has been a true pleasure working together with the team at the Group. The combination with Elos MedTech makes a lot of strategic sense and we believe that the cultural fit is strong.”

Stefano Alfonsi, CEO and President at Elos Medtech, added: “We firmly believe that this acquisition strengthens our position in the CDMO landscape. It marks a significant step forward in our commitment to offering an extensive array of services to our customers through the hard work of a talented combined workforce. The acquisition will reinforce our well-established reputation for excellence and our ability to cultivate enduring partnerships, aligning seamlessly with Klingel’s similar ethos. We look forward to working with Ralf, Christoph and their team.”…

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