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Fiber Optic Sensing Specialist FBGS Group Receives Growth-financing For Further Business Expansion

Fiber optic sensing specialist FBGS Group receives growth-financing for further business expansion

  • 2018

FBGS Tech­nolo­gies GmbH – a lead­ing sup­plier of advanced fiber-optic sens­ing solu­tions and com­po­nents based on Fiber Bragg Grat­ings (FBG) tech­nol­ogy — has secured a sin­gle-digit mil­lion growth financ­ing.

X2 Equity, a lead­ing investor in growth stage high-tech com­pa­nies, is being joined by exist­ing investors bm|t beteili­gungs­man­age­ment thürin­gen and Xen­ics dur­ing the financ­ing round. The pro­ceeds from this round will enable FBGS to fur­ther develop its sys­tems solu­tions offer­ings, to expand and auto­mate its sen­sor man­u­fac­tur­ing capac­ity in Jena and to build sales oper­a­tions and chan­nels in key Asian growth regions such as China. Marc Sper­schnei­der will rep­re­sent X2 Equity on the Board of FBGS.

With X2 Equity we won a new investor that not only sup­ports us finan­cially, but also brings vast expe­ri­ence in entre­pre­neur­ship and in scal­ing tech­nol­ogy busi­nesses, fur­ther pro­vid­ing us with com­ple­men­tary oper­a­tional resources and sup­port”, empha­sized Dr. Eric Lind­ner, CEO of FBGS.

X2 Equity invests in tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies serv­ing advanced indus­trial mar­kets with test and mea­sure­ment being a strate­gic seg­ment for invest­ment. The com­mit­ted FBGS Team, their unique in-house devel­oped FBG sens­ing tech­nol­ogy, and the suc­cess­ful first deploy­ments of their FBG sens­ing solu­tions into many chal­leng­ing cus­tomer envi­ron­ments con­vinced us to invest in the com­pany. We see a bright future and exten­sive cus­tomer oppor­tu­ni­ties for FBGS solu­tions in high-end cus­tomer mar­kets”, stated Marc Sper­schnei­der, CEO of X2 Equity. “We are look­ing for­ward to actively sup­port­ing the FBGS team.”

For us it is a great plea­sure to see how FBGS has con­tin­u­ously devel­oped. The new invest­ment pro­vides the com­pany with a solid basis for fur­ther growth”, added Stephan Beier, Chair­man of the Board of FBGS and Invest­ment Man­ager at bm|t.

Ham­ple­ton Part­ners, the inter­na­tional merg­ers and acqui­si­tions and cor­po­rate finance advi­sory firm for tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies, has advised FBGS Tech­nolo­gies GmbH on this strate­gic fundrais­ing round.

Dr. Peter Baum­gart­ner, Sec­tor Prin­ci­pal of Ham­ple­ton Part­ners: “we are happy to see X2 join­ing FBGS with its large expe­ri­ence in optics and sys­tem man­u­fac­tur­ing to fur­ther increase the global pres­ence of FBGS. Besides the great strate­gic fit we also focussed on find­ing the right match in the key peo­ple. We wish FBGS a strong future devel­op­ment of the busi­ness.”

 

About FBGS

FBGS is a Bel­gium / Ger­many based devel­oper and man­u­fac­turer of high strength Fiber Bragg Grat­ings (FBG) dur­ing fiber draw­ing or using fem­tosec­ond based inscrip­tion tech­nolo­gies. These auto­mated processes result in very high qual­ity, cost effec­tive Fiber Bragg Grat­ings with unmatched per­for­mance char­ac­ter­is­tics. Based on the unique sens­ing com­po­nents, FBGS is also design­ing, devel­op­ing and pro­duc­ing cus­tomized sen­sor solu­tions. FBGS prod­ucts and solu­tions are suit­able for both stan­dard and bespoke appli­ca­tions in indus­tries such as: med­ical, aero­space, com­pos­ite, process, civil & geo, tele­com and test & mea­sure­ment.

https://www.fbgs.com

 

About X2 Equity

X2 Equity is an inde­pen­dent invest­ment hold­ing com­pany focused on the fund­ing and scal­ing of high-tech com­pa­nies active in tech­nol­ogy sys­tems, advanced com­po­nents, indus­trial soft­ware and smart indus­trial ser­vices. X2 Equity has offices in Munich (Ger­many), Phoenix AZ (US) and Suzhou (China).

More infor­ma­tion about X2 Equity can be found under http://www.x2-equity.com

 

About bm|t

The Erfurt-based bm|t beteili­gungs­man­age­ment thürin­gen gmbh – a sub­sidiary of the Thüringer Auf­baubank – is the first address for invest­ment in Thuringia. bm|t cur­rently man­ages eight invest­ment funds with a total vol­ume of 320 mil­lion €. bm|t invests in inno­v­a­tive com­pa­nies of all high-growth sec­tors and in all stages of a company’s life cycle, from start-up to IPO or MBO.

More infor­ma­tion about bm|t can be found under https://www.bm-t.com

 

About Xen­ics

Xen­ics is a Bel­gian com­pany, devel­op­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing infrared imagers and cam­eras. Tar­get mar­kets include machine vision, process mon­i­tor­ing, trans­porta­tion, safety & secu­rity, advanced research and med­ical. Since the start of the com­pany in 2000, Xen­ics has steadily grown inter­na­tion­ally with offices in Europe, USA and Asia, and has become a reli­able and trusted part­ner for stan­dard infrared prod­ucts, as well as cus­tomized solu­tions for key cus­tomers.

More infor­ma­tion about Xen­ics can be found under http://www.xenics.com

 

About Ham­ple­ton Part­ners

Ham­ple­ton Part­ners is at the fore­front of inter­na­tional M&A and fundrais­ing advi­sory for com­pa­nies with tech­nol­ogy at their core. https://www.hampletonpartners.com

Hampleton’s expe­ri­enced deal mak­ers have built, bought and sold over 100 fast-grow­ing tech busi­nesses and pro­vide hands-on exper­tise and unri­valled inter­na­tional advice to tech entre­pre­neurs and the com­pa­nies who are look­ing to accel­er­ate growth and max­imise value. With offices in Lon­don, Frank­furt and San Fran­cisco, Ham­ple­ton offers a global per­spec­tive with regional and sec­tor exper­tise across Auto­mo­tive Tech, IoT, AI, Fin­Tech, High-Tech Indus­tri­als, Cyber­se­cu­rity, VR/AR, HealthTech, Dig­i­tal Mar­ket­ing, Enter­prise Soft­ware, IT Ser­vices, SaaS & Cloud an E-com­merce.

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