The London-based international investment manager 3i, alongside ICG and management, has sold its shares in Inspecta to the Dutch ACTA* (Kiwa/Shield) Group. Closing took place on Tuesday June 9, 2015. Following this transaction, ACTA* will be a leading Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) organization with appr. 4000 quality and safety specialists in 25 countries. The merged organization embodies the ACTA* vision of becoming a leading player in the international TIC market.
The origin of ACTA* goes back to 1948 when the Dutch water companies started Kiwa NV, then the Netherlands’ Certification and Testing company for drinking water appliances. Since 2004, the company has developed into an international TIC company through organic growth and diversification of its service portfolio, as well as through acquisitions. Kiwa delivers TIC services for products and processes across many industries in 50 countries worldwide from its offices across 22 countries. Shield Group focuses on hazardous materials compliance services from offices in 7 countries in Europe and on global maritime services. ACTA* employs 2400 employees and is currently owned by NPM Capital and ACTA* Management.
Inspecta was founded in Finland in 1975 and has grown into a major TIC player in northern Europe. It provides inspection services for the process and manufacturing industries, as well as real estate, infrastructure and construction. As a Nordic Champion, Inspecta employs 1600 inspection and certification specialists and has offices in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland and the Baltics. During 3i’s investment, Inspecta has increased its revenues by more than 50% and has grown its footprint from three to eight countries, thereby becoming the leading Nordic player in the TIC industry.
Paul Hesselink, CEO ACTA*: "Our merger with Inspecta Group is a solid step forward in our goal to develop into a leading independent TIC organization supporting customers in their home markets and with international trade and manufacturing. Inspecta offers complementary services and geographical coverage, and with the support of NPM Capital, this merger continues our development for being a leading player in the consolidation of the TIC market."
Kari Aulasmaa, CEO Inspecta Group: "In ACTA* we found the perfect partner to strengthen our portfolio in the Nordics and spread our inspection wings to the Central European market. This is essential for continued growth of our businesses."
ACTA* is the holding company of Shield Group and Kiwa. Global activities include Testing, Inspection and Certification, strengthened by Training, Technology and Data Services with offices in Europe, Asia and Latin America. ACTA* has c. 2400 employees and is active in almost all industry sectors like water, energy, construction, agro-food, safety & security, health care, CSR and management systems The head office is based in Rijswijk, The Netherlands (www.1kiwa.com and www.shield-group.eu).
Inspecta is the leading provider of inspection, testing, certification and technical consultancy services in Northern Europe. The 1600 Inspecta specialists are active in markets for Nuclear, Energy & Power, Pulp & Paper, Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Manufacturing & Mining, Real Estate, Infrastructure & Construction, as well as the Service & Trade sector. Inspecta’s head office is located in Helsinki (www.inspecta.com).
About NPM Capital
NPM Capital is the private equity company of the Dutch SHV Holding. NPM Capital manages a portfolio of approximately 25 medium and large businesses that operate in a range of sectors from food to e-commerce, energy and healthcare (www.npm-capital.com).
3i is a leading international investment manager focused on mid-market Private Equity, Infrastructure and Debt Management across Europe, North America and Asia (www.3i.com).
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