UMECO/ACG expands prepreg production/distribution in Germany

Advanced Composites Group buys the German prepregger Fenotec out of administration and will continue prepreg operations at the plant in Beelitz, Germany.

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In its first acquisition since it divested its supply chain business to focus on its advanced composites business, Umeco plc, the parent company of Advanced Composites Group Ltd. (ACG, Heanor, Derbyshire, U.K.), announced Aug. 8 that it had purchased certain assets of Fenotec Ges.i.L (Beelitz, Germany) from the administrator for the cash sum of €2.2 million ($3.1 million USD). ACG will expand production/sales into these new facilities as ACG (Umeco Composites GmbH). The assets, located in Beelitz, comprise buildings and prepreg production equipment.

Fenotec was placed into administration in December 2010 shortly after investing €5 million ($7.1 million) in new buildings and machinery, during a failed attempt to enter the prepreg market. Its failure, Umeco contends, was the result of poor sales revenue, due to Fenotec’s lack of an industry-recognized range of products. Umeco expects to quickly increase volume to meet soaring demand by manufacturing its own established line of prepregs in Beelitz. The facility also will serve as a distribution point for Umeco’s wide range of materials for the advanced composites industry.

Umeco’s existing European prepreg facilities are in Manchester, U.K. The acquisition adds prepreg capacity and a distribution base that will greatly reduce lead times for customers in Germany and southern and eastern Europe.

Andrew Moss, Umeco’s chief executive said, “The acquisition of the Fenotec assets provides an excellent opportunity for Umeco to get closer to our customers in continental Europe and to expand our manufacturing capacity at a time when the composites industry is enjoying significant growth. The equipment we are purchasing is virtually brand new, of a very high quality and alleviates the immediate-term need to expand capacity at our existing facility in Manchester.”


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