Optimar acquired by investment firm
A global investment company has acquired Optimar a leading provider of automated fish handling systems from its Norwegian financial investors Credo Partners.
Franz Haniel & Cie GmbH (Haniel) will retain Optimar’s current management team led by CEO Håvard Sætre will take the company forward as part of the Haniel Group.
“Optimar offers its customers from the fishery and aquaculture industries sophisticated solutions, covering almost the entire relevant value chain,” said Stephan Gemkow, CEO, Haniel.
“Both the company and the market offer great potential for further growth. Thanks to the broad international positioning and innovation, we see good opportunities to rapidly improve the market position even further.”
Optimar is a global leader for automated fish handling systems. It develops, produces and installs solutions for use on ships, on land and for aquaculture.
Headquartered in Ålesund on the west coast of Norway, the company has grown strongly over the last two years and is expected to generate a revenue of around €115 million in 2017.
“This is a milestone for us. Haniel’s many years of experience in developing companies will support and accelerate our growth,” said Håvard Sætre, CEO, Optimar.
“Our values are an important part of our corporate culture: innovation and drive, tradition and responsibility. We also see this at Haniel. And we are very pleased to see that the headquarters will remain in Ålesund. We will continue to have the same focus for large as for small projects around the world.”
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