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Carlsquare advised IK Partners on its investment in Schwingshandl

Carlsquare advised IK Partners (“IK”) on the investment of the IK Small Cap III Fund in Schwingshandl. IK is partnering with the companies’ founders, Thomas Schwingshandl and Enrico Larcher, who will both retain a significant minority share in the company.

Founded in 2003 and headquartered near Linz, Austria, Schwingshandl provides innovative, made-to-measure automation solutions for a broad range of end-market applications. The Company specialises in designing, engineering and assembling customised modules and sub-systems such as storage and distribution technology, lifts, conveyor systems, (de-) palletisers, (de-) stackers and (un-) loading stations. Schwingshandl is a long-term partner to blue-chip customers globally, focusing on the development of high quality, complex intralogistics solutions, leveraging its successful automation track record of over 20 years.

IK Partners is a European private equity firm focused on investments in the Benelux, DACH, France, Nordics and the UK. Since 1989, IK has raised more than EUR 14bn of capital and invested in over 180 European companies. IK supports companies with strong underlying potential, partnering with management teams and investors to create robust, well-positioned businesses with excellent long-term prospects.

In partnership with IK Partners Schwingshandl will look to: continue investing in its people and organisation; selectively broaden its service offering; and pursue international expansion.

“The rise of warehouse automation is a key trend we are seeing across various end-industries, presenting attractive growth opportunities for a Company like ours. We are excited to welcome an experienced partner like IK on board. The team at IK has already recognised Schwingshandl’s potential for development and possesses both the experience and expertise to support our ongoing expansion strategy.” – Thomas Schwingshandl, founder and CEO of Schwingshandl

“Under the stewardship of Thomas, Enrico and their team, Schwingshandl has established itself as a leading provider of customised intralogistics automation solutions in Europe. We have been extremely impressed with the Company’s journey to date and look forward to utilising our significant experience in the automation technology sector to unlock further value.” – Nils Pohlmann, Partner at IK and Advisor to the IK SC III Fund

Carlsquare acted as financial advisor to IK Partners.

IK Partners
Steffen Leckert
Steffen Leckert LinkedIn
Managing Partner
Carsten  Forderer
Carsten Forderer
Senior Vice President