We believe in true partnership and have demonstrated our commitment to dealing with our business partners respectfully and constructively, cultivating a climate of open dialogue. Moreover, we are convinced that sharing risks and opportunities is a key element in any successful long-term partnership. That is why we encourage the owners and management of our portfolio companies to co-invest in the group that we build with them.
Long-standing industrial expertise and experience are at the heart of our business. The team members’ wealth of first-hand experience means they are intimately familiar with the strategic, competitive and operational challenges in the industrial marketplace.
Our areas of expertise cover all industrial core functions, in particular sales and marketing, lean manufacturing, research and development, finance and controlling as well as supply chain management.
We concentrate our efforts on selected core areas that we truly understand thanks to directly relevant experience. By virtue of this approach, our business partners and investors are able to fully benefit from our extensive experience and robust networks.
We have in-depth knowledge of the market forces and the core functions of the companies in which we invest.
We focus our investments on areas in which our experience can add the most value.
Having invested in, developed and exited so many companies, we have the know-how to apply sound criteria to our selection process.
We add long-term value by developing the companies through Buy & Build and operational performance improvements.
Buy & Build competence
Our investment approach is based on a distinctive Buy & Build strategy designed to make the most of our long-standing practical experience in acquiring and developing companies.
- Buying competence based on transaction experience
A Buy & Build strategy requires strong M&A skills and extensive transaction experience, which we bring to the table to benefit our business partners. Over the years, we have made over 20 individual acquisitions and exited five industrial clusters.
- Building competence based on operational value creation
We are able to leverage our collective wealth of over 100 years of operational experience to support our companies in their development. All team members have held executive positions in renowned industrial companies, which gives them a strong practical understanding of how to create sustainable value. We also have in-depth expertise and experience in managing complex post-merger integration projects, which is a very important aspect of our business activities.
“CGS Operational Excellence” and “CGS Integration Approach” are two concepts we have developed to encapsulate our expertise. They provide us and our business partners with a systematic framework to address the challenges of operational value creation.