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Shimtech

Shimtech is the the global market leader in the manufacture of specialist gap management components - called ‘shims’ - that are critical in the assembly of commercial and military aircraft.

The business is the largest manufacturer of aerospace shims and laminated shim material in the world. It is also a leading supplier of high performance, lightweight composite structures and assemblies to the commercial and military aerospace markets.

It was formed from the successful integration and rebranding of four separate businesses acquired by Bridgepoint Development Capital from Hampson Industries in 2011. Shimtech subsequently made two acquisitions of US companies in the aerospace components sector, broadening its capability and strengthening its global market position.

Inflexion Private Equity and Auctus Industries backed a management buyout of the company in 2015. The new investment will help accelerate organic expansion, enabling Shimtech to capitalise on global growth in the sector, drive value from recent acquisitions and support further consolidation opportunities. The business now has manufacturing facilities in the US, Europe and Mexico, employing over 500 people worldwide.

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Private equity impact

  • CREATED A NEW COMPANY FROM FOUR DIFFERENT BUSINESSES AND UNDERGONE RAPID EXPANSION

  • AMBITIOUS AND SUCCESSFUL GLOBAL ACQUISITION STRATEGY TO STRENGTHEN ITS MARKET POSITION AND NEW PRODUCTS

  • OPENING OF NEW MANUFACTURING FACILITIES IN EUROPE AND THE US, AND A MULTI-MILLION-POUND EXPANSION OF A FACILITY NEAR HEATHROW AIRPORT IN MARCH 2016

  • STRONG TURNOVER, PROFIT AND EMPLOYEE GROWTH

  • AWARD – BOEING SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR 2013. RANKED NUMBER ONE OUT OF 13,000 SUPPLIERS USED BY THE AEROSPACE GIANT

Achievements

WINNER - BVCA MANAGEMENT TEAM AWARDS 2016

  • LARGE COMPANY TEAM OF THE YEAR – SOUTH EAST



Location
Hayes, Middlesex

Backers 
Bridgepoint Development Capital: 2011 - 2015
Inflexion Private Equity: 2015 - present