Gimv acquires majority stake in Laser 2000
Weßling/ Munich — Gimv acquires majority stake in Laser 2000 GmbH, a market leader for the distribution of photonics solutions in Europe. Together with the previous owners of the company, the European investment company Gimv has reached an agreement on the acquisition of 75% of the shares in Laser 2000 GmbH. As part of the transaction, it was agreed that the founder and managing director Armin Luft will continue to hold a minority stake in the company.
Laser 2000 (www.laser2000.de) was founded in 1986 and has since developed into an independent European market leader for innovative laser and photonics solutions. The company’s comprehensive product portfolio ranges from lasers and light sources for material processing to metrology and fiber optics, as well as 3D image processing, optical measuring instruments and cameras. With over 30 years of experience in the market, Laser 2000 is a pioneer in the photonics industry and therefore already has long-standing customer and supplier relationships. Customers include renowned companies and research institutions from the fields of automation and sensor technology, optical communications and network technology, biotechnology and medicine, the automotive industry, and aerospace technology.
In recent years, the company, which is headquartered in Weßling and employs a total of 65 people, has grown continuously and has steadily expanded its business by establishing several foreign subsidiaries in Europe (France, Spain, Sweden). Laser 2000 benefited from continuous market growth in the photonics sector.
Laser 2000 is very well positioned for the future: In the coming years, the company will continue to expand its national and international business as a proven competent partner and consultant for its customers and suppliers. With its comprehensive product portfolio and complementary customer-specific system solutions, Laser 2000 can optimally serve all customer needs in this field with its products and services. In addition, the photonics market continues to expect strong market growth in the future, also based on new fields of application for laser technology.
Armin Luft, founder and CEO of Laser 2000, explains: “Optical technologies are penetrating more and more application areas in industry. For more than 30 years we have stood for innovation, creativity, quality and highest customer satisfaction in the photonics market and we want to grow further. I am very pleased to have found in Gimv a partner for the succession who stands for successful, long-term cooperation and sustainable value creation in medium-sized companies. We share the enthusiasm for future technologies and will continue the success story of Laser 2000 together.”
Ronald Bartel, Partner in the Munich office and active in the Smart Industries division of Gimv, adds: “Photonics is a cross-sectional technology in all important industries and will decisively shape this century technologically and economically — whether in Industry 4.0, autonomous driving, diagnostics or broadband transmission. In this context, Laser 2000 is excellently positioned as an independent intermediary between customers and a variety of suppliers and products. The company has the best prerequisites to further expand its market leadership — and we want to actively support it in this endeavor.”
The transaction is still subject to approval by the antitrust authorities. Further details of the transaction will not be disclosed.
Gimv is a European investment firm with nearly 40 years of experience in private equity and venture capital. The company is listed on Euronext Brussels, currently manages around EUR 1.6 billion and has investments in 50 portfolio companies. As a recognized leader in exclusive investment platforms, Gimv identifies innovative, leading companies with high growth potential and supports them on their way to market leadership. Each of the four investment platforms Connected Consumer, Health & Care, Smart Industries and Sustainable Cities is managed by a dedicated and competent team, each based in Gimv’s home markets — Benelux, France and DACH — and supported by an extensive international network of experts.