July 2019

Long-term Succession Solution for Neratec Solutions

Westermo Network Technologies AB, a subsidiary of the listed Swedish Beijer Electronics Group AB acquires 100% of the Swiss company Neratec Solutions and continues Neratec’s growth strategy with this succession solution. Ramus & Company advised the shareholders of Neratec Solutions on the transaction.

 

With the acquisition of Neratec Solutions AG («Neratec»), Westermo Network Technology AB («Westermo») strengthens its technology offering mainly to the rail industry by bringing in Neratec’s leading WLAN products, which can now be marketed through Westermo’s existing global distribution network. Neratec will become the competence center for all wireless solutions within Westermo.

The two sellers Jussi Harju and Hans Kaufmann have successfully built up Neratec over the past 25 years and established an impressive portfolio of international customers. Both sellers will continue to run Neratec as general managers to further develop the business and its defined growth strategy together with Westermo. At the same time, the sale has laid the foundation for the implementation of a stepwise succession plan over the next few years. The Bubikon site will be retained with all existing employees and will be further expanded over the coming years.

Jussi Harju, Managing Director of Neratec: «We are excited to join Westermo and Beijer Group. Our complementary technologies will create a very strong offering to the industry and Westermo’s worldwide sales organization will ensure a global market access for Neratec.»

About Neratec Solutions

Neratec is an Swiss technology company that specializes in industrial WLAN products and wireless sensor solutions. The company develops and manufactures industrial WLAN products that meet the very highest standards for applications in the rail, automotive and production industries, as well as in process automation and security/surveillance.

Neratec was originally founded in 1994 under the name Elektrobit AG as a subsidiary of the Finnish Elektrobit Oy in Bubikon and was later taken over by Jussi Harju and Hans Kaufmann in a management buy-out. Today the company employs about 30 highly qualified employees.

More information: www.neratec.com

About Westermo Network Technologies

Westermo designs and manufactures data communications products for mission-critical systems. The products are used both in social infrastructure, such as transport, water and energy supplies, as well as in process industries, such as mining and petrochemical. The company currently has over 200 employees and global sales in excess of EUR 50m. Westermo has two development and production sites in Sweden and has sales and support offices throughout Europe, the USA, Singapore, China and Australia. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Beijer Group, which is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange.

More information: www.westermo.com

Role of Ramus & Company

Ramus & Company AG («R&Co») has been mandated by the shareholders of Neratec as their exclusive M&A advisor. In this role, R&Co managed the sales process, prepared the sales documentation, managed the due diligence process and contract negotiations and completed the transaction.



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