ABG Limited design, develop and manufacture geosynthetic engineering products. The company was established in 1988 by Alan Bamforth and Elizabeth Bamforth, who were later joined by Peter Van Ruiten. Over the years the company has developed an excellent reputation and an impressive international client base.
The three shareholders of ABG Limited instructed KBS Corporate with the sale of their business. The opportunity attracted interested from overseas and UK trade buyers.
The successful offer came from Belgium based BontexGeo Group, which is a portfolio company of private equity firm Nimbus. Following a number of years of successful trading between ABG Limited and BontexGeo, the purchaser, backed by Nimbus Private Equity identified that this opportunity would further strengthen their service offering and geographical foothold. In addition, the group inherit a strong brand within the space by bringing the ABG brand on-board.
Annie Shiel Associate Corporate Director at KBS Corporate, commented “It was identified at the beginning of the process that ABG Limited had a strong and niche offering in their space and we quickly generated interest mostly from trade purchasers both UK and Internationally.
It has been a pleasure working with the shareholders to achieve the desired outcome and all involved strongly believe that we have found the right home for ABG to further flourish.”
ABG Limited Managing Director, Alan Bamforth commented: “Many thanks to you both for the unfading support. For me this is a once in a lifetime event – thank you for helping to make this special. I am more than happy to be joining a larger group and one that I feel will build on what Liz, Peter and I have created over 30 years.”
Rob van der Valk, managing director of BontexGeo, said: “This acquisition allows us to strengthen our position in the UK market and reinforces our commitment to invest in growth opportunities following the carve-out from Low & Bonar plc.”
Alan Bamforth will remain with ABG Limited as Managing Director post sale.