Intertek announces new acquisition extending its worldwide building products services
Intertek Group plc (Intertek), a leading quality solutions provider to industries worldwide, has agreed to acquire Architectural Testing, Inc (ATI), one of the largest building products testing and certification companies in North America.
Intertek will purchase the company from private equity firm Wafra Partners and the management shareholders for a total cash consideration of US$ 95 million (GBP 59 million). Closing of the acquisition is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2013
Head-quartered in York, Pennsylvania (USA), ATI was set up in 1975 to verify the performance of residential window systems, but has since expanded into related residential and commercial markets including exterior wall systems and interior finish systems. The company employs 293 highly specialised technicians and engineers across 28 locations in the US.
ATI’s investment in proprietary equipment and testing methodologies, its strong reputation with the regulatory bodies and manufacturers, combined with the improvement in the construction market in the US, provides Intertek with a strong platform for continued growth both domestically and internationally. Where Intertek has already been successful in using its global network to expand its building products offering to new fast-growth overseas markets, it will now develop ATI’s specialised offering in the same way to manufacturers internationally. Advances in high performance materials used for windows and walls particularly in response to reducing energy use and environmental damage will remain a structural growth driver for this business globally. Intertek will also be able to provide its wide range of product testing expertise and comprehensive suite of certification marks to ATI’s established customer base.
Wolfhart Hauser, CEO, Intertek said: “The industry, our customers and our stakeholders will all benefit from the combination of ATI and Intertek. This is a long term strategic opportunity which allows us to better serve our customers while enabling us to further expand our building products locations outside the U.S. and penetrate high growth areas around the globe.”
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Intertek is the leading quality solutions provider to industries worldwide. From auditing and inspection, to testing, training, advisory, quality assurance and certification, Intertek adds value to customers' products, processes and assets. With a network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 36,000 people in more than 100 countries, Intertek supports companies' success in a global marketplace. Intertek helps its customers to meet end users' expectations for safety, sustainability, performance, integrity and desirability in virtually any market worldwide. Visit www.intertek.com