BOSTON, MA – January 18, 2018. Union Park Capital, a Boston based private equity firm with focus on lower middle-market industrial technology investments, today announced the acquisition of LAR Process Analysers AG (“LAR”), located in Berlin, Germany. LAR develops and manufactures water analyzers for industrial, environmental and municipal applications based on highly differentiated high-temperature combustion technology. LAR will join Cosa Xentaur Corporation and Alpha Omega Instruments as an independent operating entity under Union Park’s newly created Process Insights Holdings platform.
“We are very excited about this acquisition,” notes Morgan Jones, Managing Partner of Union Park Capital. “LAR is a perfect example of everything we look for – the business has product differentiation, a strong brand name and a highly technical workforce with deep application knowledge. Today LAR has an incredibly strong presence in Europe, but as part of Process Insights, LAR will be able to expand internationally taking advantage of a global sales network.”
“The Union Park Capital team has extensive experience investing in family owned European businesses, specifically in Germany,” said Dr. Werner Arts, Founder and Chairman of LAR. “They have a proven track record not only of success, but also of trust and integrity. I believe LAR has found an ideal home at Union Park and Process Insights.”
The strategic announcement comes just weeks after Union Park announced the acquisition of Cosa Alpha Omega Instruments late in 2017. LAR, together with the other business units within Process Insights, will continue to develop and invest in cutting-edge technologies in process analysis. As usual with Union Park’s historical business practice, LAR will remain in Berlin, Germany.
Established in 1986 by Dr. Werner Arts in Berlin, Germany, LAR develops and manufactures advanced solutions for water analysis. The company’s key competence is the measurement of various water parameters – concentrating on TOC, TC, TOD, COD, BOD, TNb and toxicity – based on high-temperature combustion analyzer. In addition to its German Headquarters, LAR has opened a regional support office in China. For more information visit www.lar.com.
Union Park Capital is a private equity firm solely focused on lower middle-market industrial technology companies. Union Park takes a long-term perspective to help stakeholders build value over time, and drives value creation through profitably growing a business, not financial engineering. Union Park Capital is based in Boston, MA and has extensive investments and expertise in the analytical instrumentation sector. For more information, visit www.union-park.com.