Millbrook changes ownership to Spectris

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Millbrook said the demand its services and expertise is growing, with the increasing focus on transport emissions, automotive safety and the move to the electrification of vehicles

Millbrook Group has announced that it has been acquired by Spectris plc.

Spectris is a long-established supplier of productivity-enhancing instrumentation and controls. Headquartered in Egham, Surrey, and listed in the UK, Spectris has annual revenues of approximately £1.2bn and now employs around 8,700 people in more than 30 countries.

Millbrook said the demand its services and expertise is growing, with the increasing focus on transport emissions, automotive safety and the move to the electrification of vehicles.

Both Spectris and Millbrook are set to benefit from the investment. Spectris said it enables the company to make an important step in its strategy to provide customers with differentiated solutions that combine hardware, software and services.

Millbrook will become part of the Test and Measurement business segment of Spectris plc and complements a number of its existing businesses. The integration will enable Millbrook to continue with its plans for growth, accelerating capital investment and international expansion.

Eoghan O’Lionaird, Business Group Director, said: “Millbrook represents our largest purchase to date of a pure testing services business.

“It is closely related to our existing instrumentation businesses and, as such, the acquisition is an important step forward in the realisation of the Group’s strategy to provide our customers with differentiated solutions that incorporate a combination of hardware, software and services.

“We believe that there is a significant opportunity for Millbrook to strengthen its market position and accelerate its growth through continuing its recent capital investments and making bolt-on acquisitions to expand internationally and broaden its service portfolio.”

Alex Burns, CEO of Millbrook Group, said: “This is a strategic move for Millbrook and we are very excited to be joining Spectris.
“There are many advantages to becoming part of this global group, which will underpin our investment plans. Spectris’ other portfolio companies will bring us expertise and capabilities so we can offer our customers innovative solutions. We will retain all jobs in Millbrook and we will have the opportunity to accelerate Millbrook’s growth through investment and expansion into key international markets. We will remain independent and impartial and benefit from the stability that this change brings to Millbrook Group.”

A spokesman for Millbrook’s previous owner, Rutland, said: “Through extensive completed and planned capital expenditure the business is primed to drive strong growth for its new owners. We wish Alex Burns, the team and Millbrook’s new owners every success.”