GIMV subsidiary E.Gruppe acquires Control Mechatronics

Photo: Maja Marko­vic is a part­ner at Gimv (© Gimv)
10. Novem­ber 2022

Rheinau/ Nidderau/ Munich — The Gimv port­fo­lio company E.GRUPPE, which already inclu­des Klot­ter Elek­tro­tech­nik GmbH, acqui­res Control Mecha­tro­nics GmbH in Nidderau near Fran­k­­fur­­t/R­hine-Main. With this acqui­si­tion, the E.GROUP expands its range of services in indus­trial electri­cal instru­men­ta­tion and control (I&C) as well as in project plan­ning and execu­tion for the auto­ma­tion of indus­trial proces­ses. The share­hol­ders and foun­ders of Control Mecha­tro­nics, Michael Kopf, Peter Gareis, Roland Lauk and Axel Hoch, acquire a stake in E.GRUPPE as part of the tran­sac­tion. Michael Kopf and Axel Hoch will also support the Group on its growth path in an advi­sory capacity.

The aim of the E.GROUP is to build up a full-service provi­der in all trades of electri­cal engi­nee­ring in order to offer custo­mers a holistic and future-orien­­ted solu­tion port­fo­lio from a single source. In 2021, the Euro­pean invest­ment company Gimv took a majo­rity stake in Klot­ter Elek­tro­tech­nik GmbH (, which was foun­ded in 1997. Toge­ther with the entre­pre­neur and foun­der, Werner Klot­ter, the E.GRUPPE emer­ged from this invest­ment. In addi­tion to the exis­ting busi­ness in custo­­mer-speci­­fic trans­for­mer station construc­tion, switch­gear cabi­net and distri­bu­tion board construc­tion, and buil­ding services, Control Mecha­tro­nics is parti­cu­larly streng­t­he­ning the area of auto­ma­tion solu­ti­ons for indus­trial proces­ses, inclu­ding auto­ma­tion projects for safety-rela­­ted and certi­­fi­­cate-based auto­ma­tion services, such as those used in nuclear power plants or for the produc­tion of control units in the medi­cal field of proton therapy. Control Mecha­tro­nics is repre­sen­ted at three loca­ti­ons, the main plant in Nidderau, and bran­ches in Lörrach and Ravensburg.

Michael Kopf, Control Mecha­tro­nics, on the oppor­tu­nities for the future: “We are deligh­ted that Control Mecha­tro­nics has found a part­ner in the E.GROUP with whom the secure and success­ful path taken so far can not only be conti­nued, but further expan­ded. As a medium-sized indus­trial company and expert with many years of inter­na­tio­nal expe­ri­ence in the complete project hand­ling of auto­ma­tion chal­len­ges, we will become anot­her corner­stone of the E.GROUP. We convince through our compe­tent teams and employees. We work in part­ners­hip and sustainably and welcome a lasting, trus­ting coope­ra­tion at eye level. With our inno­va­tive solu­ti­ons, we will success­fully meet the growing demands of the electri­cal engi­nee­ring indus­try toge­ther with the E.GROUP. With the merger, we not only secure Control Mecha­tro­nics’ jobs for the future, but can also serve the market nati­on­wide and conti­nue to grow successfully.”

Werner Klot­ter, co-owner of the E.GROUP and foun­der of Klot­ter Elek­tro­tech­nik GmbH, comments: “With Control Mecha­tro­nics we warmly welcome anot­her member to our group. The company, which has deve­lo­ped into a strong part­ner of auto­ma­tion solu­ti­ons in Germany, is not only an ideal fit for the E.GROUP from a regio­nal point of view, but at the same time incre­a­ses our tech­ni­cal exper­tise and enab­les us to respond even better to the requi­re­ments of our custo­mers and busi­ness part­ners with further synergies.”

Maja Marko­vic (Photo © Gimv), Part­ner at Gimv and respon­si­ble for the Sustainable Cities plat­form in the DACH region, adds: “We are deligh­ted to be able to attract the entre­pre­neurs of Control Mecha­tro­nics to the E.GROUP and extend a warm welcome to the entire work­force. The acqui­si­tion marks the next stra­te­gic step on our mutually agreed growth path. The E.GROUP has set itself the goal of brin­ging toge­ther compa­nies and entre­pre­neurs from the electri­cal engi­nee­ring sector in order to act toge­ther as a holistic solu­tion provi­der in the electri­cal engi­nee­ring sector. The E.GROUP is well posi­tio­ned to meet the growing chal­len­ges of the coming years, parti­cu­larly through the elec­tri­fi­ca­tion and digi­ta­liz­a­tion of infra­st­ruc­ture and produc­tion faci­li­ties, the promo­tion of rene­wa­ble ener­gies and elec­tro­mo­bi­lity, and espe­cially the steadily advan­cing tech­no­lo­gi­cal change.”

The tran­sac­tion is subject to custo­mary condi­ti­ons, inclu­ding appro­val by the compe­ti­tion autho­ri­ties. Further finan­cial details are not disclosed

The E.GROUP is a dyna­mi­cally expan­ding group of compa­nies for sophisti­ca­ted and future-orien­­ted electri­cal engi­nee­ring. The E.GROUP brings toge­ther estab­lis­hed compa­nies and regio­nal market leaders who want to pool their exper­tise in the field of electri­cal engi­nee­ring and effec­tively exploit new growth poten­tial and serve custo­mers more holisti­cally. The aim is to create a leading group of compa­nies in the highly frag­men­ted electri­cal engi­nee­ring sector through orga­nic growth and the acqui­si­tion of further specia­lists and regio­nally estab­lis­hed compa­nies. At the same time, the Group offers a wide range of growth and deve­lo­p­ment oppor­tu­nities for the future of the compa­nies and its 170 employees.

About Control Mechatronics
Control Mecha­tro­nics GmbH, based in Nidderau (north of Frank­furt), is a medium-sized service and manu­fac­tu­ring company active in the field of indus­trial electri­cal instru­men­ta­tion and control (I&C). With over 100 employees, the company also offers project plan­ning and execu­tion for the auto­ma­tion of indus­trial proces­ses. In addi­tion to the bran­ches in Ravens­burg and in Lörrach, Control Mecha­tro­nics GmbH has a subsi­diary, IT&E Control Solu­ti­ons GmbH, also based in Nidderau, which is active exclu­si­vely in the person­nel sector (of specia­list person­nel such as electri­cal engi­neers).

About GIMV
For over 40 years, Gimv has been iden­ti­fy­ing entre­pre­neu­rial and inno­va­tive compa­nies with high growth poten­tial and, as a Euro­pean invest­ment company, suppor­ting them on their way to market leaders­hip. Listed on Euronext Brussels, Gimv curr­ently has a port­fo­lio of around EUR 1.5 billion in invest­ments in more than 60 holdings, which toge­ther realize sales of more than EUR 3.1 billion and employ 19,000 people.


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