Rollon is a leading international manufacturer of medium‐precision linear systems and actuators for applications in sectors such as railways, aeronautics, logistics, packaging, machine tools and medical equipment. Based in Vimercate, the company has branches in Germany, France, the USA, India, China and Japan, with over 400 employees worldwide.  It generates most of its revenues abroad.

Origination

IGI’s long-term relationship with the company’s CEO.

Transaction Structure

IGI and another financial investor acquired Rollon in a leveraged buyout led by the CEO, Eraldo Bianchessi.

Investment Rationale
Leading market position in the medium-precision linear motion sector
Scope to become an important player in the industrial automation market
Outstanding management team and previous successful deal experience with the company’s CEO
Significant opportunity to develop the business outside Europe.
Market consolidation through acquisitions, exploiting the company’s worldwide distribution network

Value Creation Strategy
Strengthening of the S&M function and expansion into new foreign markets through the set up of new branches (opening of 3 branches in India, China, Japan)
Pushing investments to increase production capacity, strengthening the company’s industrial footprint
Completed the acquisition of Nuova Tecnocenter and Hegra in 2015, TMT in 2016 and T-Race in 2017
Upgrading of the internal reporting system to IGI standards.
Working capital management improvement and implementation of cash pooling policy

Value Realization
Exited in September 2018 through a sale to an industrial group.