Operando Partners, together with Aluca’s management and other investors, has acquired a majority stake in Aluca GmbH, a system service provider of premium vehicle equipment. The medium-sized company, founded in 1993 in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, develops and builds customized lightweight solutions for installations in commercial vehicles of renowned manufacturers.
Christian Breuer, Managing Partner of Operando: “Aluca’s business model and existing operational improvement potential are an ideal match for Operando’s competencies. We are pleased to accompany and actively develop the company in partnership with the existing management team in the coming years.”
Aluca employs 180 people at its production site in Rosengarten as well as at its sales stations in German cities Berlin, Braunschweig, Munich and Olpe. The group also includes the two subsidiaries Aluca Benelux B.V. and Aluca Austria GmbH. The company exports to more than 20 European countries through its direct sales force as well as through a broad competent partner network.
Together with two German ‘mittelstand’ family businesses, the industrial holding company OPERANDO Partners GmbH is taking over UBC GmbH, the insolvent specialist for lightweight construction based in Baden-Württemberg. The rescue company UBC Composites GmbH will take over business operations on 1 February 2019.
“Since day one, we’ve been convinced that UBC is a perfect match,” says Christian Breuer, co-owner and founder of Operando. “We were very impressed by the commitment of the employees during the process. In the future, UBC will need to regain stability in its management and product portfolio. The aim is to lead UBC Composites GmbH to operational excellence through active employee and company development. The technological expertise and openness to new challenges of all UBC employees were the main reasons for us to forge a new path together in the field of lightweight construction,” says Mr Breuer. As proof of UBC’s technological competence, he cites: “Best-in-class visible carbon for Porsche, No. 1 supplier of carbon engines and certified R&D partner for Ferrari, development partner for the e-mobility industry as well as vertical transportation and turbine components for aviation – an excellent basis for further business development with new and existing customers”.
From now on, UBC will focus on the development and production of solutions for complex lightweight constructions, primarily in the automotive, motor sports and aerospace segments. The automotive expert Silvio Zeidler will soon be joining the management board.
Together with other investors, Operando Partners is acquiring ICP Transaction Solutions GmbH (ICP) with offices in Germany, The Netherlands, Poland and the Czech Republic.
ICP is one of the two leading distributors and technical service providers in the dynamic market of prepaid solutions, which now encompasses much more than just mobile prepaid cards. Prepaid makes it possible for a vast number of content providers to sell their products via offline distribution channels such as petrol stations, grocery stores and other retailers. ICP seeks to drive growth by expanding its product and customer basis.
“We are delighted that together with ICP, we will be able to accompany a German hidden champion in the field of electronic transaction solutions and jointly develop existing sales potential,” says Dr Christian Kühn of Operando Partners.