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Solina Group completes the acquisition of Produits Alimentaires Berthelet

Solina, a leading European producer of savoury ingredients for the food industry, announces the completion of the acquisition of Produits Alimentaires Berthelet from Berthelet Family the shareholders of the Company.

Headquartered in Laval, Québec, Berthelet has a leading position in the Canadian Foodservice market through kitchen-made quality products. Berthelet is a premium foodservice brand trusted and endorsed by chefs accross Canada.

The company was founded in 1960 by the Berthelet family. Leader in the industrial and foodservice applications in Quebec, Berthelet produces dry and liquid food solutions. The company rapidly expanded to the rest of the Canadian market as well as in the US through a dynamic retail approach. Berthelet generates revenues of approx. CAD$ 50M with 170 employees and 2 factories, one dedicated to dry solutions (Laval) and one specialized in the production of liquid solutions (Boisbriand). The management team has delivered a strong performance, particularly over the past 5 years.

For Solina, the acquisition represents the latest step in its growth strategy across the food service market after the acquisition of Essential Cuisine (UK) in 2018.

The two companies share the same entrepreneurial values. The approach to customers is agile, flexible, service- minded with the ultimate objective of delivering value-added solutions.

Guy Berthelet, Chairman of Berthelet Board states: “after 60 years of running a successful family business, we are proud to entrust future growth of Produits Alimentaires Berthelet to Solina Group, a leading European company that shares same mission, vision and values. We will become Solina North America base and will allow Solina to expand its activities in foodservice, industrial and retail markets this side of the ocean. As such, our management stays in place, we will still be running both our plants in Laval and Boisbriand so jobs will be preserved, all of which are of foremost importance to the family. I am personally excited to write that new page in our history and look forward to a bright future for the company founded by my grandfather more than 60 years ago”.

Eric Terré, Solina founder and Chairman says: “This acquisition is fully in line with our group’s growth strategy and a first building block for us in the Americas. I am encouraged by the strategic fit and cultural alignment, and we will pursue our external growth path across the Atlantic”.

The parties have agreed not to disclose the transaction value.

Canec originated and facilitated this transaction, acting as exclusive M&A advisor to Solina.

Radiall completes the acquisition of Timbercon Inc.

Radiall America, Inc. announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Timbercon, Inc., a fiber optic interconnect specialist based in Tualatin, Oregon.
“We are excited to welcome Timbercon to the Radiall Group. By combining our activities, our objective is to offer the most comprehensive range of end to end active and optical interconnect solutions for harsh environments, through innovation, simplification and service,” says Pierre Gattaz, President & CEO.
“Joining the Radiall Group will allow Timbercon to continue to elevate its commitment to stellar customer service and providing zero defect solutions, on time, and on budget to demanding markets. We are very excited what the future brings as part of the Radiall Team,” says Eric Meslow, President of Timbercon.
Timbercon, Inc. will continue to operate as a standalone company under its current leadership, while leveraging synergies with Radiall.

About Radiall
Radiall, founded in 1952, is a global manufacturer of leading-edge interconnect solutions that employs 3,500 individuals. The company offers an extensive range of RF coaxial connectors and cable assemblies, coaxial switches, fiber optic and microwave components, multipin connectors and more. Radiall has sales offices and subsidiaries throughout the world to support its customers locally.

About Timbercon
Timbercon, Inc., an 80 employee company founded in 1997, is a fiber optic product and solution manufacturing company that provides a variety of connectivity solutions to the aerospace, defense, medical, data storage, telecommunications, industrial, broadcast and networking industries.

Canec originated and facilitated this transaction, acting as exclusive M&A advisor to Radiall.

Puratos Canada acquires Sandel Foods inc.

Puratos Canada, the Canadian arm of global Belgium-based ingredient supplier, Puratos, is pleased to announce the strategic acquisition of Sandel Foods Inc (SFI).

Established in 1979, SFI is one of the leading fruit fillings producers in Western Canada. SFI offers the expertise and flexibility to formulate products to meet the evolving needs of customers and consumers across Western Canada and the United States. They are the only processors in Canada that provide glacé fruit products and are particularly known for their organic and preservative-free fillings.

Sandel Foods, a leading fruit fillings producer in Western Canada, operates out of its headquarters in Chilliwack, British Columbia.
The facility is over 70,000 square feet of automated production lines. “We are very excited and look forward to working with a strong-valued, family-oriented, and customer-centric company,” says Wade Godin, Commercial Director of Sandel Foods. “Finding a partner in Puratos gives us the confidence that the business will continue to grow on a global level and that Sandel Foods will gain access to new technologies and industry-leading Research & Development opportunities.”

As reliable partners in innovation, Puratos offers a full range of innovative products and application expertise. The Mississauga facility has an Innovation Centre, four production lines, a full R&D team and access to consumer research such as Taste Tomorrow, the world’s largest bakery, patisserie, and chocolate consumer survey.

This partnership will afford SFI access to new customers, technologies, R&D and marketing resources, allowing them to grow and expand their geographical sales offerings.

“We strongly believe that this strategic acquisition will be mutually beneficial and allow growth for both parties,” says Edouard Pot, President Puratos Canada. “The experienced team at SFI and its manufacturing platform produce high-quality and differentiated products which will enable us to expand our fillings portfolio and capabilities and enlarge our footprint in western North America. Additionally, SFI’s organic and preservative-free offerings align with Puratos’ proactive approach to consumer well-being. Through our Cleaner Label strategy, we are addressing increasing consumer demand for transparency and offering products that meet ever-changing dietary needs and lifestyle choices.”

Puratos aims for a seamless transition and integration for customers, suppliers, vendors, and partners. Future endeavors include exploring opportunities to bring in new resources, capabilities, and R&D support to enable accelerated growth.

Canec originated and facilitated this transaction, acting as exclusive M&A advisor to Puratos.

Naturex acquires selected industrial technologies and operations of Haliburton International Foods

Naturex, the global leader in specialty plant-based natural ingredients, informs its shareholders of strategic advances in the F&V market in the United States.

Present in the market for natural vegetable-based ingredients through Vegetables Juices Inc., acquired in 2014, Naturex is pursuing organic and exteal growth opportunities to strengthen its leadership position in the United States. These will enable Naturex to take advantage of strong market trends in favour of the natural, clean label products and nutrition as well as energize its business project portfolio in this key product category.

Naturex strengthens both its commercial base in the beverage and food industry segment and its industrial footprint in the United States, through two acquisitions:

  • On the one hand, by acquiring selected industrial technologies and operations of Haliburton Inteational Foods. This acquisition will enable Naturex to integrate a new technology (roasting) as well as natural vegetable-based solutions (purees, sauces, roasted veggies);
  • On the other hand, Naturex has entered into exclusive negotiations to acquire a fruit-based specialty business and a production facility in the United States. This will enable Naturex to expand its manufacturing capabilities in juices and purees and complete the know-how derived from its long-standing “vegetable” operations by developing a “fruit” platform. This acquisition will provide access in particular to the Organic fruit range and address the growing demand for NFC (Not From Concentrate) juices that guarantee lower sugar content and the preservation of nutritional values.

Creating value for Vegetable Juices Inc. with a reinforced business model

The purpose of these initiatives is to strengthen Vegetable Juices Inc.’s business model and positioning as a multi-specialist in the very promising market of fruit and vegetable-based natural ingredients.

“This mix of exteal and organic growth is fully in line with Naturex’s strategy for accelerating the development of our platform of natural fruit and vegetable-based ingredients.

This will expand our expertise by strengthening our industrial footprint with additional technological know-how, sourcing, traceability and access to the organic sectors, in order to better service our customers.

This complimentary offering will make it possible to develop synergies between different product categories and applications (like “savoury”, beverages, functional foods and nutrition & health) and increase our penetration with existing customers,”, commented Olivier Rigaud, Naturex’s Chief Executive Officer and Director.

“These initiatives confirm our determination to accelerate the pace of our development and give a new impetus to our offering of natural solutions coming from fruits and vegetables, and in so doing address the specific needs of our customers, by supporting them in adapting to changes and trends in our markets.”

As exclusive M&A advisors to Naturex, Canec Inteational initiated and facilitated the Haliburton transaction.

Lacroix establishes itself in North America

LACROIX is going “multi-continental” by acquiring a stake in the electronic manufacturing services (EMS) provider FIRSTRONIC LLC, based in Michigan. LACROIX’s Electronics activity becomes a key global player for manufacturers in automotive, healthcare, home & building automation, avionics and industry segments.

This alliance with FIRSTRONIC LLC will provide support for customers of LACROIX Electronics, the LACROIX Group’s EMS subsidiary, in North America, in particular for automotive equipment vendors who have factories in the United States and Mexico and wish to collaborate with local partners specialising in the production of electronic assemblies.

With FIRSTRONIC, manufacturers have the flexibility and responsiveness of a regional player with factories in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Juarez, Mexico, while retaining the expertise and trust established with LACROIX.

From its perspective, FIRSTRONIC will be able to offer its American customers access to the European market thanks to LACROIX Electronics plants in Europe, ensuring continuation in the quality of service and opening the potential use of its design office.

This “alliance” will also enable consolidated purchasing by combining European and American spend vis-a-vis suppliers.

“This structural step in our strategic plan demonstrates our commitment to supporting our customers and their expectation to work with global EMS suppliers. It will help accelerate LACROIX’s inteational development outside Europe. FIRSTRONIC is a concrete response to the requirements expressed by our strategic customers,” explains Vincent Bedouin, Chairman of the LACROIX Group. “The collaboration with FIRSTRONIC is based on shared values, comparable processes, and very similar customers. FIRSTRONIC’s CEO previously managed an EMS of similar size to LACROIX Electronics. He is a graduate of INSEAD and knows Europe very well,” adds Bedouin.
The group is creating a subsidiary, LACROIX North America Inc., as its beachhead for development in North America, and the first joint activities are scheduled for spring 2017.

“Firstronic is also excited about working with LACROIX to fulfil our customers’ demand for electronic manufacturing services in Europe, as well as leveraging their strength in product design and development,” stated John Sammut, President & CEO of Firstronic LLC.

ABOUT FIRSTRONIC
Firstronic provides advanced electronics manufacturing services (EMS) and optimized supply chain solutions for the electronics industry. Its multinational purchasing expertise ensures a cost competitive supply chain. With advanced software tools that support program management, in-house engineering that includes design, DFX and test, and cutting edge manufacturing processes, Firstronic can support almost any customer requirement. To lea more: www.firstronic.com.

As M&A advisors to the Lacroix Group, Canec Inteational advised on structuring the transaction and facilitated in its execution.

France’s Dedienne buys Illinois-based MET Plastics

French plastics and composites processor Dedienne Multiplasturgy Group said Feb. 12 it has purchased Illinois custom molder and mold builder MET Plastics Inc., giving each company its first transatlantic manufacturing presence and access to broader markets. Dedienne, which has more than 400 employees and four factories in France and Romania specializing in high performance polymers, said MET will give it a profitable operation in North America and access in particular to MET’s aerospace and medical customer base.

Terms were not disclosed. MET, which will be renamed Met2Plastic LLC, has 35 employees, 10 injection molding machines and mold building capacity in its factory in Elk Grove Village, Ill., near Chicago. “This new joint venture will be commercially and technically profitable for both companies,” said Pierre-Jean Leduc, president of CEO of Dedienne, in a statement. DMG is based in Saint Aubin sur Gaillon in northe France.

Met2Plastic President Mike Walter said that “joining forces with a like-minded business will help us both to flourish as we grow our operations in North America and Europe.” Met2Plastic said being part of Dedienne will give it access to more technology to convert metal parts to plastic for its customer base, and potentially better access to the North American operations of Dedienne’s European customers. “This presence in Europe, along with the ability to offer new material and plastic and composite process technologies, makes Met2Plastic a more dynamic organization,” the company said.

In an interview, Walter said DMG has strong capabilities in research and development. “From the first time we met with Dedienne, we were immediately intrigued with their capabilities,” Walter said. “They are very focused on developing new technologies.” He said MET is a niche company and was finding that with a lot of its customers having operations in both North America and Europe, it was more challenging for MET to supply European factories. As well, its customer base had been consolidating, he said. “We are a niche company and specialize in what we call mission critical components,” Walter said.

Dedienne’s statement said Met2Plastic “staff and leadership will remain in place,” and said specifically that having a manufacturing presence in the Chicago area would be beneficial to DMG. Walter is also the immediate past president of the trade group Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors and sits on MAPP’s board. MET Plastics was founded in 1970 making injection molds and manufacturing prototypes, but by the mid-1990s much of its business had transitioned to low-volume production runs.

As M&A advisors to Dedienne, Canec Inteational initiated and facilitated this transaction.

 

Zschimmer & Schwarz Announces Acquisition of Interpolymer Corporation

The acquisition of Interpolymer Corporation adds polymer-based solutions to the Zschimmer & Schwarz business portfolio. By this acquisition, the specialty chemicals manufacturer gains access to a growing market.

Lahnstein, October 2015 – In line with a clearly defined growth strategy, Zschimmer & Schwarz has acquired Interpolymer Corporation, USA. The acquisition expands the existing business portfolio of the specialty chemicals manufacturer with polymer-based solutions and adds a new division to the existing six business areas. The transaction took place as per 22 October 2015.

Presence in the market to remain unchanged

Interpolymer Corporation, with production sites in the US, France and China and a subsidiary in Germany, has become a worldwide specialist and technology leader for tailor-made, specialty polymers since it was founded in 1963. Company founder, Norwin Wolff, sees the acquisition as a sign of continuity: ”With the family owned Zschimmer & Schwarz group, we found a new partner who will maintain the focus of our business on supplying high quality polymers along with extensive technical support and close customer contact“. ”We are pleased that the Wolff family has chosen Zschimmer & Schwarz, and that Norwin Wolff will continue to support us with his vast knowledge and experience“ says Martin Haberl, president of Interpolymer and one of the general managers of Zschimmer & Schwarz Chemie. ”Interpolymer matches very well with Zschimmer & Schwarz in many aspects. We are therefore very optimistic for our combined future“. The legal entity Interpolymer, “Creative Polymer Solutions”, will remain unchanged. This also applies for all operation facilities including representatives and contact persons. Norwin Wolff will remain with the company and act as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) on a consulting basis for Interpolymer.

About Zschimmer & Schwarz

Zschimmer & Schwarz, a family owned business founded in 1894, with headquarters in Lahnstein near Koblenz, Germany, develops and produces high performance chemical auxiliaries for the leather, fur, ceramic, textile and fiber industries as well as for cosmetics, cleaning applications and phosphonates. With the Interpolymer acquisition, a seventh division is added offering synergies, to the leather, fur, ceramic and textile auxiliaries as well as care specialities divisions. Including the latest acquisition, the Zschimmer & Schwarz group comprises 28 companies worldwide, 19 of them with their own production facilities.

As M&A advisors to Zschimmer & Schwarz, Canec Inteational initiated and facilitated this transaction.

 

Solina Group to acquire food ingredients business from Paulig Group

Solina Group (“Solina”) has signed a binding agreement to acquire from Paulig its INDUSTRIAL FLAVOURING DIVISION. Paulig Group (“Paulig”) is the selling majority shareholder. The IFD management will join Solina Group.

Paulig’s Industrial Flavouring Division is the Nordic Market leader in the field of taste products for meat industry. Outstanding producer and supplier of blends, spices, herbs, marinades and functional ingredients to the Food Industry, Paulig’s Industrial Flavouring Division has developed long term relationships with the Nordic blue chips Meat, Prepared Meals and Snacks producers.

During the past years, Paulig’s Industrial Flavouring Division has developed a strong leadership in the area, with an efficient organiza- tion based on Sales, R&D and Marketing teams in Finland, Sweden, Norway and the Baltic states. Its production center is based in Esto- nia offering a fast track delivery service to all customers. Today, the company has around 150 employees with headquarters in Helsinki, Finland and sales/R&D office in Göteborg, Sweden and Oslo, Norway.

Eric Terré, CEO, Solina Group, said: “The Industrial Flavouring Division of Paulig perfectly fits our North European organization – The Company is highly recognized for its service level and products quality and we’re looking forward to working with the management team and the organization. The Industrial Flavouring Division will benefit from the existing Solina’s Meat R&D platform as well as the Group’s structure for inteational development”.

Through the acquisition of Paulig’s Industrial Flavouring Division Solina Group is increasing its presence in Nordic countries and in Russia. Solina’s ambition is to complete its fast growing network of local service operations in the region and develop a leading edge integrated service for Key Customers in Europe and Easte countries. Strengthening its local R&D and strong Master Labs structure in France, Belgium and Denmark, Solina Group ‘creates solutions for tomorrow’s food’.

“Solina expands in Weste Europe within its three core businesses: Service to Meat Industry, Service to the Culinary and Snack In- dustries and Service to Professionals. Paulig’s Industrial Flavouring Division represents a perfect strategic match for Solina Group in expansion process. Customers of both Solina and Paulig’s Industrial Flavouring Division will benefit from an extended service platform and more R&D and innovation investments. The group will offer the widest range of products in savoury businesses in Europe”, added Eric Terré.

Jaana Tuominen, CEO of Paulig Group added : “As part of the Solina Group’s the Industrial Flavouring Division now has an even greater possibility to proceed with its growth strategy outside the Nordic countries. We believe this is a very good home for the business. For Paulig Group, the transaction means that we will focus on consumer goods and foodservice operations within the coffee, inteational food concepts, spices and snack food categories. We have also entered the natural health food category with the acquisition of Risenta AB earlier this year and we will continue to develop this business, she concludes”.

Canec originated and facilitated this transaction, acting as exclusive M&A advisor to the acquiror.

ANSYS Acquires Assets Of Newmerical Technologies Inteational

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — ANSYS (NASDAQ: ANSS), the global leader and innovator of engineering simulation software, announced today that it has acquired the assets of Newmerical Technologies Inteational (NTI), a premier developer of in-flight icing simulation software and associated design, testing and certification services. Terms of the deal, which closed earlier this week, were not disclosed.

Montreal-based NTI develops and markets advanced computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software and offers flow simulation services in the aerospace, architectural, automotive and marine industries. NTI’s suite of state-of-the-art, specialized software can solve problems in aerodynamics, in-flight icing, heat transfer, fluid-structure interaction and wind engineering.

In-flight icing is a safety-critical aspect of aircraft design, yet is a highly complex physical phenomenon that is extremely difficult to replicate using expensive physical tests. In late 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration introduced new rules for icing standards with particular focus on the icing environments known as supercooled liquid drops (SLD) and ice crystals at high altitudes. This has impacted aircraft original equipment manufacturers, engine manufacturers and systems suppliers as they move through the aircraft certification process. Capturing aircraft icing using simulation requires highly accurate CFD and industry-proven methods and expertise for icing phenomena.

“With its SLD-ready, industry-leading FENSAP-ICE system of icing simulation tools, NTI’s assets are an exciting addition to the ANSYS portfolio,” said Jim Cashman, ANSYS president and CEO. “When combined with ANSYS’ advanced CFD solutions, we can offer a simulation-driven solution for aircraft icing that is unmatched in the industry. This further demonstrates the ANSYS commitment to help organizations overcome aircraft certification challenges – and, more broadly, to validate complete virtual prototypes.”

“With ever-increasing regulations, it is a challenging time for the aerospace industry,” said Wagdi Habashi, NTI’s founder. “NTI has always been extremely attentive to the needs of our clients. We believe that adding our specialty icing technology to the broad ANSYS offering will provide customers with unique, state-of-the-art technology to deal with the most complicated design challenges.”

Canec originated and facilitated this transaction, acting as exclusive M&A advisor to the selling shareholders.

 

CellMark Chemicals Acquires AnMar Inteational Ltd.

STAMFORD, USA – CellMark Chemicals, a Division of CellMark AB (Gothenburg, SWEDEN) announced today that its acquisition of AnMar Inteational Ltd. closed on September 2 2014. AnMar, located in Bridgeport, Connecticut USA is a well-established manufacturer and distributor of a wide variety of vitamins, plant extracts, nutraceutical ingredients, amino acids, and other fine chemical related products.

The move to acquire AnMar supports CellMark Chemicals’ long term strategy to bolster its global presence in the specialty markets in which it operates, and furthermore, to expand its custom manufacturing capabilities that is a growing part of its portfolio of product & service offerings.

Mr. Hugo Galletta, Head of CellMark’s Chemical Division said that, “the owners of AnMar have done an exceptional job at establishing itself in the US nutraceuticals market with good quality suppliers and its own manufacturing capabilities…with the added capabilities of CellMark’s financial strength and global reach we see a winning combination for AnMar’s suppliers, customers, and employees.” AnMar’s Senior Vice President and Sales Director, Mr. Alan Pollard added that, “CellMark’s intention to grow and develop AnMar’s business beyond its traditional boundaries is a good sign for all involved…the business models employed by both AnMar and CellMark are quite similar which should make for a smooth transition.”

CellMark AB Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Fredrik Anderson commented that, “the acquisition of AnMar is a testament to CellMark’s commitment to make strategic investments in order to help grow our Operating Divisions…we see the AnMar acquisition as another way to grow our network of relationships and to leverage our partnerships in a manner to promote growth and development.” The Company Chairman & Co-Founder of CellMark, Mr. Thomas Hedberg added that, “We have confidence in our Chemical Division’s ability to grow and add value to our business partners and stakeholders…the AnMar acquisition is one the most important in our 30- year history which demonstrates our continued appetite to grow the CellMark organization in new ways.”

Canec originated and facilitated this transaction, acting as exclusive advisor to the selling shareholders.