Sector: Industry 4.0 M&A

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.

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Featured Industry 4.0 transaction M&A

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.

Featured Industry 4.0 transaction M&A

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 Eiben

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.

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Sector Principal

Peter Baumgartner

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.

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Industry 4.0 in the DACH Region M&A 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.

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Hampleton featured in Wall Street Journal, Business Leader and more

Hampleton's reports have recently been featured in the Wall Street Journal and other media publications: 

"Hampleton were creative - they didn't think in one direction, they thought about the whole ecosystem in order to find the right partner for us."
Ken Belotsky, Chairman at Bright Box
"It‘s not only about selling your company but thinking about the next strategic step. In this regard we had very strong support from Hampleton."
Gregor Walter, CEO at pixi*
“It was a pleasure working with Hampleton Partners. From beginning to end, they managed every aspect of the process and brought together the optimal transaction for all our stakeholders while remaining and independent company.”
Ilkka Starck, CEO at Profit Software
“It was incredible working with the Hampleton team while finding a 'new home' for my life’s work. After over four decades building Tonbeller AG, I was able to secure the best partner amongst many interested parties. Hampleton managed every detail of the project and led the auction resulting in signing and closing within seven months. We were very happy with the results which were beyond our highest expectations.”
Rutger Hetzler, CEO at Tonbeller AG
"Hampleton have their heart in it. They know and enjoy what they are doing, and we trusted them wholeheartedly."
Gijs Hubben, CEO at BaseCase
“The Hampleton team never let up and helped us secure the growth financing we were looking for, with an investor from the industry bringing not just money but also know how and market relevant connections. Hampleton thinks strategically, not just financially.”
Dr. Eric Lindner, CEO at FBGS
“I was very impressed with Hampleton’s understanding of the high tech industrial products FBGS produces and their global network which enabled us to find our Munich based co-investor in California.”
Stephan Beier, Senior Investment Manager at bm|t beteiligungsmanagement thüringen
“With X2 Equity we won a new investor that not only supports us financially, but also brings vast experience in entrepreneurship in scaling technology businesses, further providing us with complementary operational resources and support.”
Dr. Eric Lindner, CEO at FBGS
“Hampleton’s understanding of the IT services industry and our business, as well as their modelling strength and transaction expertise, were an important support for us while expanding our business via a number of strategic acquisitions.”
Stephen James, CEO and Founder at SAGlobal
"Hampleton helped us find a partner that definitely matches us very well, but we would not have thought of them ourselves."
Uwe Reissenweber, Gründer und Geschäftsführer von DOCUFY