August 23, 2021
Acquisition Creates World’s First Diversified Provider of Computer Numerical Code Cutting Machines, Positioning Kongsberg as a Leader in Digital Finishing
LOS ANGELES, CA – August 23, 2021 – OpenGate Capital, a global private equity firm, announced today that its portfolio company, Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems (“Kongsberg PCS”) has acquired MultiCam, a U.S. manufacturer and distributor of Computer Numerical Code (“CNC”) cutting machines, and a leader in digital finishing processes. MultiCam was Acquired from Rosewood Private Investments. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
The acquisition of MultiCam highlights OpenGate Capital’s strategy of pursuing add-on investments as means of growing and creating meaningful value in its portfolio companies. MultiCam is the seventh add-on investment completed for platform companies within OpenGate’s Fund II portfolio.
Kongsberg PCS is recognized as the leading provider of high-speed, precision cutting systems for packaging, signage and display purposes, and has operational facilities in Belgium, Czech Republic, and Norway serving markets in Europe, the Americas and Asia. The acquisition of MultiCam, including its operations in the U.S. and sales offices in Canada and Germany, expands Kongsberg PCS’ market reach and customer base across North America and Europe, and creates the world’s first, diversified provider of CNC cutting machines.
OpenGate Capital’s Partner, Julien Lagrèze stated, “Prior to our acquisition of Kongsberg PCS, which was completed just five months ago, we recognized the importance of digitization for this business and developed an investment thesis that includes the growth of Kongsberg PCS through innovation and add-on investments. With this strategic combination, Kongsberg PCS gains greater scale, and expands its reach to a broader, global customer base with new products and services.”
OpenGate’s investment team recognizes the importance of industrial automation for Kongsberg PCS and many of its investments considering the current state of labor shortages, the impact of the pandemic, and a goal to drive sustainability across the firm’s portfolio of companies. Industrial digitization also benefits OpenGate’s investments through greater transparency, supply chain analysis, manufacturing improvements, and greater ability to flex with market changes. Kongsberg, with MultiCam, represents the heart of industrial automation, driving change through the expanded services they offer.
MultiCam will continue to operate under the same name within Kongsberg PCS, with Chief Executive Officer David Morse joining Kongsberg’s senior management team and continuing to lead the MultiCam business.
Founded in 1989, MultiCam has a global installed base of over 14,000 tables and is uniquely positioned through its three primary cutting technologies of routers, digital finishing, and waterjet, plasma, and laser fabrications. MultiCam has approximately 130 employees serving customers across a large range of verticals including industrials, manufacturing, packaging, and signage and display.
Kongsberg PCS President, Stuart Fox commented, “This is a monumental day for Kongsberg and MultiCam as it represents a tremendous advantage for our businesses coming together to drive best-in-class cutting and finishing processes for our global customer base. I am excited to begin our work, integrate our businesses, and explore new markets.”
About OpenGate Capital
OpenGate Capital is a global private equity firm specializing in the acquisition and operation of businesses to create new value through operational improvements, innovation, and growth. Established in 2005, OpenGate Capital is headquartered in Los Angeles, California with a European office in Paris, France. OpenGate’s professionals possess the critical skills needed to acquire, transition, operate, build, and scale successful businesses. To date, OpenGate Capital, through its legacy and fund investments, has executed more than 30 acquisitions including corporate carve-outs, management buyouts, special situations, and transactions with private sellers across North America and Europe. To learn more about OpenGate, please visit www.opengatecapital.com.
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