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Zumtobel Group acquires UK based LED lighting company acdc


The international lighting corporation Zumtobel Group has acquired a majority holding in acdc, a leading UK lighting company.

acdc is an innovative supplier of high-end LED lighting solutions with a focus on the architectural façade and hospitality segments. In 2014 acdc posted annual sales revenues of approximately 17 million euros with a current headcount of around 120 employees. acdc’s long term CEO and majority shareholder Gareth Frankland will continue to head the brand and drive forward its dynamic development within the Zumtobel Group.

Zumtobel Group CEO Ulrich Schumacher commented: “For the Zumtobel Group, the acquisition of acdc is an excellent strategic addition to our existing brand and product portfolio. With acdc, we are bringing an extremely innovative, highly successful and well-positioned premium brand under the umbrella of the Zumtobel Group. Architectural façade and hospitality lighting are precisely the areas where we see major growth opportunities which we can leverage with the new setup. Furthermore, the acdc team has a highly developed innovation culture which enables them to provide a fast and dynamic response to market requirements. This culture will also inspire the employees of the Zumtobel Group. It is our declared aim to retain acdc’s dynamic innovation culture and their excellent customer relationships. For that reason, acdc will be managed as an independent brand and, in terms of our organisational structure, will be integrated into the Zumtobel Group as a flexible individual unit.”

The key markets for acdc are currently its domestic UK market and the Middle East, along with a selective presence in other European countries and the USA. Huge growth potential exists for the acdc brand, particularly with regard to marketing the acdc product portfolio through the Zumtobel Group’s worldwide sales organisation which currently encompasses around 1,750 sales staff within the lighting segment. The specialists from acdc will play a key role in providing their expertise for their new colleagues.

“Joining the Zumtobel Group represents an important milestone for us on our path to further growth and the global development of acdc,” says acdc CEO Gareth Frankland. “As part of the Zumtobel Group, we will benefit from a worldwide sales network and from the benefits of a global and group-wide purchasing organisation. In addition, we see technology and development synergies and I will continue to rely on the knowledge, experience and the dedication of our employees for the further development of acdc within the Zumtobel Group.” 

Gareth Frankland was advised on the sale by Hamish Morrison of BHP Corporate Finance and Richard Moran and Rachel Dean at Clarion. 

Hamish Morrison commented: “acdc is a great success story of a business that has been at the forefront of global innovation within its sector for a significant period of time.  This deal represents a great fit for both parties and I am sure will see the business continue to grow and go from strength to strength.”

Richard Moran commented: “It was good to be able to work with acdc in delivering this transaction and help it to prepare for its next phase of growth.”

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