EA Elektro-Automatik: Bregal acquires leading provider of power electronics as part of a succession plan

Laboratory power supplies, electronic loads and bidirectional power supplies for R&D, education and industrial applications: These are the core business fields of EA Elektro-Automatik GmbH & Co. KG, a globally leading supplier of power electronics for the high-power electronics market, based in Viersen, Germany. As part of a succession plan, funds advised by Bregal Unternehmerkapital have recently acquired a majority stake in the hidden champion, with the goal of establishing a long-term partnership to continue the company’s success and growth momentum.

EA’s success story began in a basement workshop in 1974 with the development of fixed voltage power supplies for laboratory and hobby applications. Today, EA produces on an area of 10.000m² at its headquarters in Viersen, has branches in China as well as the US and employs around 250 people. Under the leadership of founder and CEO Helmut Nolden, the company has experienced strong growth over the recent years and supplies customers from the industrial, alternative energies, electrochemistry, process technology, and telecommunications sectors. EA’s products used to test high-power electric components are also contributing significantly to the development of electric mobility around the world.

EA operates in a high-growth market that benefits from long-term macro trends such as increasing levels of electrification, more connectivity between devices (Smart Home, IoT and Industry 4.0), shorter product lifecycles and increasing battery usage. We are looking forward to the collaboration in this promising market environment and expect that EA will see continued success in the future due to its high innovative power, excellent customer relationships and broad product variety. Together with EA’s management and employees, we would also like to address additional future growth opportunities, for example through further expansion of EA’s presence in the US and Asian markets, the development and introduction of new, innovative products, and additional investments in the Viersen headquarters, including a significant expansion of the production capacities.