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Company Sale

Tritech Surface Technology supported by Proventis Partners on the sale to the Horn Group

Cologne, January 15, 2020. Proventis Partners advised Tritech Oberflächentechnik GmbH, Solingen (“Tritech”), on its sale to Horn & Co. Group, Siegen (“Horn”). In the area of ​​surface technology, Tritech has a unique positioning through the combination of material and materials testing as well as wet analysis, which leads to a balanced service portfolio compared to volatile market developments in individual areas.

The Transaction

The sale took place as part of a succession plan with the aim of continuing the company; the former Tritech owner, Dipl.-Ing. Brigitte John, continues to work for the company. As the acquirer, the Horn Group is one of the market leaders in the field of refractory materials and has significantly strengthened its existing analytics division through this acquisition.

The Role of Proventis Partners

Proventis Partners advised Tritech Oberflächentechnik GmbH throughout the entire sales process. The services provided included screening for potential target companies, contacting and communicating with Horn Group management, supporting due diligence and negotiating the commercial terms of the transaction. “In the area of ​​testing, inspection and certification (TIC), Proventis has once again demonstrated its expertise in the industrial services sector with the Tritech transaction. The market for materials testing is characterized by dynamic growth with above-average growth rates as well as strong consolidation potential, which will offer further opportunities for M&A transactions,” explained Andreas Piechotta, partner at Provents Partners in Cologne.

About Tritech Surface Technology GmbH

Since 1997, Tritech Oberflächentechnik GmbH has been operating as an independent service provider in the areas of laboratory analysis, materials testing and metallography. She is also involved in research and development in the field of surface technology. The company has been consistently certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001 since 2000 and has been accredited according to DIN EN ISO 17025 since 2013.

About Horn &Co. Group

The Horn & Co. Group was founded in 1922 and is active in the areas of processing, disposal, analytics and sales. The group’s goal is to realize a closed material cycle and the highest possible recycling of raw materials. The eight individual companies form a unit and work closely together, building on one another and in a coordinated manner.

About Proventis Partners

Proventis Partners is a partner-led M&A consultancy whose clients mainly include medium-sized family businesses, corporate subsidiaries and private equity funds. With 30 M&A advisors, Proventis Partners is active in the Industrials, Business Services, Consumer & Retail, TMT, Healthcare and Energy sectors and covers the German-speaking region with offices in Hamburg, Cologne, Munich and Zurich.

Exclusive membership in Mergers Alliance – the international partnership of leading M&A specialists – allows Proventis Partners to have market coverage in 31 of the world’s leading countries. The 21 members of the Mergers Alliance, with over 200 M&A professionals, offer Proventis Partners and thus its customers unique access to local markets in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia and Africa.