The growing importance of technology provides opportunities and risks for Swiss industrial companies. In addition to new possibilities in the context of automated production, the Internet of Things, for example, also provides new business areas. Furthermore, with the strong Swiss franc, the pressure for cost-effective production sites and high productivity remains. The M&A partnership Globalscope enables IFBC to support its clients in the worldwide search for suitable target companies and interested buyers.
Connected cars are making in-roads in the automotive industry; software designers are now more in demand than mechanical engineers. This coupled with the electrification of vehicles will lead to manufacturers adjusting their strategy.
Chemicals companies are seeking to improve customers experience by utilising the latest digital technology. One example of this is to track usage patterns of chemicals and products in order to proactively address customer needs.
Engineering and contracting firms in rapidly growing economies have begun to adopt an outward-facing approach. Previously, these firms focused on their respective domestic markets, but are now competing on the world stage.
The airline industry was once clear-cut in its definition of low-cost carriers and full-service carriers. These distinctions continue to be blurred as ultra low-cost carriers take market share from the once dominant full-service carriers.
„Condition-based maintenance“ is altering the way that service contracts and warranties are provided by companies. Constant monitoring of equipment allows companies to monitor wear and usage patterns in order to effectively adjust service timelines.
Diversified industrials company SNC-Lavelin has acquired WS Atkins in a $2.7bn deal. WS Atkins provides consultancy services in design, engineering and project management. Thereby, WS Atkins complements the actual product offering of SNC-Lavelin.
Aircraft interior manufacturer Rockwell Collins has completed the $8.6bn acquisition of B/E Aerospace, a manufacturer of systems and connectivity solutions.
Britain’s largest privately owned housebuilder, Miller Homes, has been acquired by private equity group Bridgepoint Capital in a deal worth $850m.
The following data have been compiled by Globalscope for the industrial sector. Valuation trends for the past five years were analysed. The following graphs show average half-yearly transaction data, comparisons of individual sub-segments and data from listed companies as of mid-August 2017. The Total Market comprises companies and transactions in excess of USD 5 million. The Lower-Mid Market segment comprises companies and transactions in the range of USD 5 million to USD 150 million.