Industry 4.0 & Subsectors
Hampleton‘s Industry 4.0 practice is led by Dr. Peter Baumgartner and Dr. Jan Eiben who bring extensive experience in machine industry, as well as manufacturing and engineering processes. The group engages with an unparalleled global network in the automotive, building & construction, cleantech, medical, robotics and manufacturing industries.
By understanding the applied science and how to position and leverage clients’ IP ideally in transactions, our team have helped transition established, multi generation family businesses from Europe’s SME and Mittelstand sectors into new ownership by national and international strategic and financial buyers.
Our team has advised on transactions spanning six continents and multiple technologies such as 3D printing (additive manufacturing), advanced material processing, AI, computer vision, IoT, predictive analytics and maintenance, sensors, storage systems and queuing, and have completed transactions with companies such as Ansys, Autodesk, Elecosoft, Heidelberg, HP, IAV and Glaston.
Origin Country of Investors in the DACH Companies (2016 – To Date)
The Sale of Docufy to Heidelberg
Hampleton Partners advised Docufy, a German software manufacturer and service provider for technical documentation, on its acquisition by Heidelberg, a German precision printing company.
This transaction illustrates the continuing trend of traditional companies expanding into technology based industries via M&A and Heidelberg’s expansion into digital product life cycle management will set to solidify their digital strategy and strengthen their competitive edge.
Hampleton Advises on FBGS Group‘s Growth Capital
Hampleton Partners acted as the exclusive financial advisor on this strategic funding round to FBGS Technologies GmbH, a leading supplier of advanced fiber-optic sensing solutions and components (based on Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBG) technology). FBGS secured single-digit million-dollar growth financing, to accelerate its manufacturing automation programme and to drive Asian expansion.
Jan is based in Germany. His career over the last 15 years includes extensive experience in international M&A projects of various industries on the buy and sell sides. In addition, he also worked as a management consultant advising corporations, family businesses and start-ups in strategy and organizational development projects as well as succession management.
Jan holds a PhD and MSc in Business Administration and Economics from WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management with exchange semesters in the USA and Canada. He is fluent in German (native), English and French.
Dr. Peter Baumgartner is a Sector Principal at Hampleton Partners where he heads our Industry 4.0 and High-tech Industrials practice. Peter brings operational expertise in industries with strong engineering content and has extensive experience of M&A in the sector. He was a partner and managing director at era AG, building the business from a €25 million vendor of electromechanical components into a global enterprise with over €100 million revenues serving the automobile, railway, white goods and smart home industries before selling it to Pulse Inc.
Industry 4.0 in the DACH Region Report 1H2019
Industry 4.0 has become an integral part of business for key technology giants: Bosch Rexroth, Festo, PTC and Siemens, to name a few, are all turning yesterday’s promise of connected and intelligent manufacturing technologies into today’s reality.
When commercial meets medical: Why tech giants are interested in medtech
Amazon, Apple, Samsung and Philips are among the big brand tech giants making a splash in the medical arena – so why is healthcare such an attractive investment opportunity? In this latest instalment of our Industry 4.0 in the DACH Region series, we look at what’s driving the boom in medtech, which accounted for 15 per cent of the sector’s M&A transactions in 2018.