IK’s LINXIS Group acquires Unifiller Systems from Hamilton Robinson

LINXIS Group, a portfolio company of IK Investment Partners, has acquired Unifiller Systems from Hamilton Robinson Capital Partners LLC. The transaction closed on December 6th, 2018 and financial terms were not disclosed.

Founded in 1988, Delta, BC based Unifiller Systems is a leading designer and manufacturer of portioning depositors, food pumps and cake decorating equipment for bakeries, food manufacturers and foodservice providers worldwide.

Hamilton Robinson Capital Partners acquired Hamilton Robinson Capital Partners in September 2016.

Nantes, France based LINXIS Group is a global leader in specialized equipment for bakery, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics industries. IK Investment Partners, through IK VIII Fund, acquired a majority stake in LINXIS in October 2017.

photo credit: LINXIS

News Release

Nantes, December 6th, 2018

LINXIS Group announces the acquisition of Unifiller Systems

LINXIS Group, a leader in specialized equipment solutions for the bakery and health industries, announces the acquisition of Unifiller Systems (“Unifiller”), a global leader in the design and manufacturing of portioning and depositing equipment for small and mid‐sized bakeries.

Based in Vancouver, Unifiller Systems offers a wide range of industry‐recognized equipment solutions for its international base of clients. With this acquisition, LINXIS Group, parent company of VMI, Diosna and Shick Esteve, further expands its international footprint and equipment portfolio.

“We are very pleased to join the LINXIS team, we share the same passion for innovative solutions and the same focus on operations. Our strategic view is fully aligned and we are convinced that LINXIS can help us in the next phase of our expansion,” said Mark Soares, CEO of Unifiller.

“With its portfolio of market‐leading equipment, strong reputation and robust track record of success, Unifiller is a perfect fit for LINXIS. We share the same values and continuous focus on delivering the highest quality standards to our customers. We are very pleased to welcome Mark and his team: they will bring their deep industry expertise,” added Didier Soumet, CEO of LINXIS Group.

LINXIS Group welcomed the IK VIII Fund, advised by IK Investment Partners, as majority shareholder in October 2017.

The financial terms of the transaction are not disclosed.

About LINXIS Group
LINXIS Group is a global leader in specialized equipment for bakery, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics industries. Primarily based in France, Germany and the US, the group consists of leading companies focusing on mixing technologies (VMI and Diosna) and ingredient dosing systems (Shick Esteve), and addresses both industrial and craft production. Through its various subsidiaries, the group employs approximately 800 people. For more information, visit www.linxisgroup.com

About IK Investment Partners
IK Investment Partners (“IK”) is a Pan‐European private equity firm focused on investments in the Nordics, DACH region, France, and Benelux. Since 1989, IK has raised more than €9.5 billion of capital and invested in over 120 European companies. IK funds support companies with strong underlying potential, partnering with management teams and investors to create robust, well‐positioned businesses with excellent long‐term prospects. For more information, visit www.ikinvest.com

Contacts
LINXIS Group
Lysiane LAOT – Phone: +33 2 40 73 70 75 – llaot@linxisgroup.com
Unifiller Systems
Sonia BAL – Phone: +1 604 940 2233 – soniab@unifiller.com
IK Investment Partners
Mikaela Murekian, Director Communications & ESG – Phone: +44 77 87 573 566 –
mikaela.murekian@ikinvest.com

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