KBS Corporate Completes Sale of Award-Winning Supplier of Automotive Products
RSG Engineering Limited, based in Staffordshire, specialises in the supply of innovative automotive products to the emergency and essential services, operating across the UK and Europe. The company was founded in 1985 and over the years has developed a reputation for excellence and a strong client base, with many relationships in place for over 20 years. The Company has been awarded the National Association of Police Fleet Managers (NAPFAM) Conference Best Stand award on three occasions. Robert Blakemore and Graham Vinson instructed KBS Corporate with the sale of their business in order to facilitate Graham Vinson’s retirement plans and allow the company to grow under the impetus of a new owner.
Following discussions with the shareholders it was clear that RSG Engineering Limited had both UK and International appeal. KBS Corporate’s research plan also placed a primary focus on trade buyers. This allowed KBS Corporate to identify 37 interested parties, with the majority of interest coming from trade, several private equity buyers and multiple overseas buyers. KBS Corporate ultimately identified Standby Group as a potential partner which could develop RSG Engineering Limited further.
Standby Group is the European market leader in the design and manufacture of warning equipment and control systems. The group includes Standby AB, Standby GmbH and Standby Mercura SAS, and operates in Sweden, Germany, France and Finland. Standby Group is owned by Argynnus Group AB, which was formed in 1984 as a Swedish family-owned industry group.
Argynnis Group CEO, Leif Gustavsson commented on the deal: “At Agrynnis we are always looking to increase the global reach of all our businesses and have been searching for a suitable entity in the UK to increase Standby’s European footprint for a while. RSG fits this perfectly, with its strong presence in the UK, it will strengthen the overall operation. This acquisition also strategically positions us inside the Brexit area, and I am pleased to welcome RSG into our family as we move into the next level of growth.”
Robert Jakobsson, CEO of Standby Group commented on the deal: “With this acquisition, Standby Group has completed another step in its long-term strategy to lead the supply of superior products and services to its clients throughout Europe. With a strong customer focus and innovative approach to the market, RSG represents an excellent fit within our group; we look forward to accelerating our success also in the UK market, which we are confident holds strong growth potential in the coming years.”
Robert Blakemore will become Managing Director of Standby’s UK operations and he commented on the deal: “We are delighted to now be part of a larger group with such pedigree and look forward to growing in this innovative organisation with its Swedish ethos and collaborative approach.”
Fabio Rambelli, KBS Corporate Associate Director, commented on the deal: “It has been an absolute pleasure to work with the RSG and Standby team on this transaction. Its clear to me that both companies will greatly benefit from this new partnership and I wish all involved much success in their future endeavours”.