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Trade Sale APE Engineering to Robur Group

Christian Hock Holger Fries
31. December 2019 from Christian Hock and Holger Fries
Trade Sale APE Engineering to Robur Group
Seller: APE Engineering GmbH
Buyer: ROBUR Industry Service Group GmbH
Branch: service sector
Transaction volume: not published
Closing: 31.12.2019

WALTER FRIES Corporate Finance GmbH exclusively advised the shareholders of APE Engineering GmbH on the sale of the company to ROBUR Industry Service Group GmbH (Munich).


With the acquisition of APE Engineering GmbH, ROBUR strengthens the automation and digital competence of the group and meets the requirements and needs of its customers in this range of tasks. As a result of this merger, more than 300 colleagues within ROBUR are now focusing on the challenges of digitalization, developing innovative automation solutions and shaping the future of German industry (IND4.0):

"WALTER FRIES Corporate Finance advised us comprehensively and in partnership in the process of selling the company. For the shareholders of APE Engineering, the focus was on identifying a suitable strategic investor who would continue to manage the company in a structurally unchanged manner. This was an indispensable condition for the implementation of this succession solution, especially against the background of our sense of responsibility towards the long-serving employees."
Norbert Reuter Managing Director of APE Engineering GmbH

About APE Engineering GmbH

APE Engineering GmbH has been providing comprehensive and customized solutions for automation processes in companies in a wide range of industries for more than 20 years. With its business units Engineering, Technical IT, as well as Technical Documentation and Translation, APE Engineering is able to meet a wide range of customer requirements in a targeted and comprehensive manner. This spectrum is complemented by a wide range of consulting services, with expertise in IT security, risk assessment, machine safety, project management and research funding.


About ROBUR Industry Service Group GmbH (ROBUR)

Founded in 2015 in response to the changing challenges of high-quality and increasingly digital industrial services, ROBUR is now one of the top 10 industrial service providers in Germany with a global presence, meanwhile with 20 companies and around EUR 200 million in revenue in 2019. Both the financing and the management of the group are based on partnership and entrepreneurship. The companies benefit from the group’s size and internationality and can leverage sales, workload and management synergies.

More than 2,000 employees work in the industrial segments wind, water, energy, industrials and process industry. Thus, they create as a competent partner holistic solutions from planning and realization over installation, operation and maintenance to relocation and dismantling and support their customers with digital and automation solutions in shaping the digital transformation.


About WALTER FRIES Corporate Finance GmbH

WALTER FRIES Corporate Finance is an independent M&A Advisory firm within the WALTER FRIES Group. It focuses on corporate transactions, buy-outs and trade sales in the mid-market. Across all industries, numerous transactions have been successfully executed in recent years, also in the engineering environment.



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