Georg Fischer is to acquire 100 percent of the outstanding shares of
Independent Pipe Products Inc. (IPP) in Dallas (Texas, USA). The
closing of the acquisition is anticipated for May 2012. Parties have
agreed not to disclose financial details of the transaction.
IPP was founded in 1996 as a family run business with a focus on the fabrication of large diameter polyethylene (PE) fittings. In 2009 the company successfully expanded its product portfolio to large PE pipes, now offering a complete package for the water distribution market. A year later the company successfully opened a second plant in Abbeville, South Carolina, to serve the growing demand for large diameter PE pipes, up to 1.6 m or 63 inches in diameter. Today, the company generates sales in excess of USD 50 million with a workforce of 94 people.
GF Piping Systems, a Corporate Group of Georg Fischer, is a global
supplier of plastic piping systems for the conveyance of liquids and
gases in industry, building technology and utility business areas.
With over 5,000 employees GF Piping Systems generated sales of about
CHF 1.2 billion in 2011 in over 100 countries.
Yves Serra, CEO of Georg Fischer stated: “The acquisition of
IPP is a further step towards implementing our strategy. We are proud
to welcome IPP in our group. The company has had a great success in
supplying large size PE piping systems and ideally complements our offering.”
Ron Hopton-Jones, President and CEO of Independent Pipe Products
Inc., said: “Becoming part of the Georg Fischer group of
companies is a great strategic fit for IPP and we enter into this
relationship with a sense of excitement about the future and
confidence in the value that we will add to the Georg Fischer group.”