Kloepfel Corporate Finance GmbH (KCF) acted as exclusive M&A advisor for VIA optronics GmbH (VIA) on the purchase of 65 percent of the shares in VTS-Touchsensor Co., Ltd. (VTS), a manufacturer of copper-based touch sensors, from Toppan Touch Panel Products Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of the Japanese Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (Toppan).
VIA, a subsidiary of the Philippine listed Integrated Micro-Electronics Inc. (IMI), is a leading manufacturer of optical films and coatings for displays, including those used in the automotive, industrial goods and consumer electronics industries. In 2017, VIA achieved sales of around 130 million euros with six locations worldwide. With this acquisition, VIA will expand its leading international market and technology position. VTS will continue to develop and manufacture the copper-based touch sensors in Japan at Toppan’s two existing plants. “Together with Toppan, VIA will push metal mesh technology and expand future production capacity. The new setup will also strengthen VIA’s offering of differentiated sensor technology for touch panels and interactive display systems in various markets and segments” said Jürgen Eichner, Managing Director and CEO of VIA.
“After the Kloepfel Corporate Finance team had already accompanied the sale to IMI for us in 2016, we also relied on their skills and experience for this international acquisition. Kloepfel Corporate Finance’s high level of commitment, perseverance and negotiating skills enabled us to bridge cultural differences and achieve an excellent result for all parties involved. With this acquisition, we are pleased to be able to consistently implement our global growth plan,” said Daniel Jürgens, managing director and CFO of VIA.
Kloepfel Corporate Finance was VIA’s exclusive M&A advisor and structured, accompanied and supported the entire process from preparation and due diligence to negotiations.