SüdBG sells its shares in Fabmatics

Photo: Gunter Max, Mana­ging Direc­tor of SüdBG; Photo©SüdBG
1. Novem­ber 2023

Stuttgart/ Dres­den — Stutt­gar­ter Betei­li­gungs­ge­sell­schaft Süd Betei­li­gun­gen GmbH (SüdBG) and Wachs­tums­fonds Mittel­stand Sach­sen (WMS) sell their shares in Fabma­tics Holding GmbH. The remai­ning shares held by the foun­ding share­hol­ders Dr. Stef­fen Pollack, Lothar Andritzke and Manfred Jähnert also change hands. The new owner of the rapidly growing semi­con­duc­tor specia­list will be SCIO Auto­ma­tion GmbH, a global auto­ma­tion plat­form head­quar­te­red in Fran­ken­thal. The tran­sac­tion is still subject to regu­la­tory appr­ovals; no finan­cial details are disclosed.

Fabma­tics, foun­ded in 1991 and with loca­ti­ons in Dres­den and Utica (USA), is one of the leading suppli­ers in the auto­ma­tion of mate­rial flows in the high-tech envi­ron­ment, espe­ci­ally in the semi­con­duc­tor indus­try. The range of services covers a modu­larly desi­gned product range that includes both hard­ware and soft­ware solu­ti­ons for the auto­ma­tion of hand­ling, trans­port and storage proces­ses, mobile robo­tics and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and loca­liza­tion solu­ti­ons. Fabma­tics works for almost all well-known chip manu­fac­tu­r­ers worldwide.

SüdBG and WMS joined the company in 2014 to secure the succes­sion and to promote further growth, while the three foun­ding share­hol­ders remained invol­ved. During the part­ner­ship, Fabma­tics has grown stron­gly, now employ­ing around 300 people and gene­ra­ting annual sales of around 45 million euros.

In addi­tion to struc­tu­ring manage­ment succes­sion, the acqui­si­tion and inte­gra­tion of Roth & Rau Ortner GmbH and the estab­lish­ment of the site in Utica (USA), parti­cu­lar empha­sis was placed on product deve­lo­p­ment, the modu­la­riza­tion of the product port­fo­lio and the expan­sion of sales.
“We are plea­sed that we were able to expand the market posi­tion of Fabma­tics in a trus­ting and close coope­ra­tion with the employees, the manage­ment, the foun­ding share­hol­ders and the advi­sory board. In addi­tion to streng­thening the orga­niza­tio­nal struc­tures, the company has successfully imple­men­ted further inter­na­tio­na­liza­tion as well as the expan­sion of the custo­mer port­fo­lio and is thus excel­lently posi­tio­ned today,” explain Gunter Max (Mana­ging Direc­tor; Photo©SüdBG) and Marius Meyer (Invest­ment Direc­tor) from SüdBG.

Dr. Stef­fen Pollack, foun­ding part­ner of Fabma­tics, adds: “Toge­ther we have deve­lo­ped Fabma­tics into a leading player in the auto­ma­tion of the semi­con­duc­tor indus­try. We are convin­ced that with SCIO at its side, Fabma­tics will bene­fit from inter­na­tio­nal networ­king and conti­nue its extra­or­di­na­rily successful development.”

About SüdBG

Süd Betei­li­gun­gen GmbH (SüdBG) is a wholly owned subsi­diary of Landes­bank Baden-Würt­­te­m­­berg (LBBW) and has been support­ing medium-sized compa­nies for more than 50 years with custo­mi­zed equity and equity-rela­­ted solu­ti­ons in the context of succes­sion plan­ning, growth finan­cing and share­hol­der changes.
As one of the leading invest­ment compa­nies in the German-spea­king region and a long-term inves­tor, SüdBG has supported over 70 compa­nies in the past 10 years with around 600 million euros and a broad network in sustainable corpo­rate deve­lo­p­ment.

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