TA Associates to Invest in Amann Girrbach
October 05, 2010 02:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time
BOSTON & LONDON--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--TA Associates, a leading growth private equity firm,
today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to invest in dental specialist Amann Girrbach AG, a developer,
manufacturer and marketer of equipment and consumables for dental reconstruction. Alpine Equity, formerly Hypo
Equity, will sell its stake in Amann Girrbach in this transaction. Additionally, current owners of Amann Girrbach will
sell a portion of their stake. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.
Amann Girrbach, with approximately 220 employees, develops precision systems and consumables for dental
laboratories and exports them to over 70 countries. The company has developed significantly in recent years, and is
having a major impact on the dental market through the introduction of the “Ceramill Digital” CAD/CAM
technology. Research and manufacturing facilities are located in Koblach, Austria, with sales and distribution based
in Pforzheim, Germany. The company opened its U.S. facility in 2005 in Spring Hill, Florida.
Oliver Amann and Jutta Girrbach will continue representing the founding families on the Board of Directors. Marco
Ratz, previously Head of Sales and Marketing at Amann Girrbach and the new CEO of the company, has
succeeded Rudolf Schwarzinger as a member of the Board.
“We are pleased to welcome TA Associates as an investor in Amann Girrbach,” said Mr. Ratz. “TA’s investment
will provide additional opportunities to break ground in digital dentistry and maximize our potential for continued
growth. Through research and development, and global expansion, we will be able to maintain our leading role in the
“We welcome this partnership with Amann Girrbach,” said Birker B. Bahnsen, a Vice President at TA Associates
who will join the company’s Board of Directors. “Amann Girrbach has had many years of success, and there is
significant potential for further growth through international expansion and the development of new digital products.
We look forward to working closely with the management team.”
The CAD/CAM market has the potential to grow 15 to 20 percent per year, compared to the conventional dental
market that is growing at seven percent annually. Projections are for considerably higher expenditures for health and
cosmetic dental prostheses, as well as growing demand in implantology. An increasing number of dental laboratories
are converting to the new technology, which offers substantial cost benefits due to lower labor costs.
“Amann Girrbach has been a true pioneer, developing one of the most economically efficient systems on the market,”
said Jonathan W. Meeks, a Managing Director at TA Associates who will also join the company’s Board of
Directors. “The company will benefit greatly from its CAD/CAM products given that use of these applications is
expected to double in the next five to ten years.”
Since they joined Amann in 2003, Alpine Equity, headquartered in Bregenz, Austria, has been steering this medium-
sized enterprise’s successful strategy of international expansion. Substantial investment was made in product
innovation and the extension of a global sales and marketing system in order to expand Amann Dental, which merged
in 2004 with German company, Girrbach Dental. The majority of products are made in-house and distributed
throughout the world by a fully developed direct selling department and 80 retailers. Since Alpine Equity joined in
2003, the dental company has been able to increase turnover significantly from €7.2 million to approximately €46
“We have been looking for a globally experienced and financially sound investor to take Amann Girrbach forward to
the next stage with the aim of becoming a global name,” said Omer Rehman, Executive Board Member, Alpine
Equity. “We are pleased TA Associates will be partnering with Amann Girrbach.”
TA Associates has more than four decades of investing experience, focusing on profitable growth companies. TA’s
prior investments in the healthcare sector include Alere Medical, AmeriChoice, CompBenefits, Dr Lal PathLabs,
Invitrogen, MQ Associates, National Imaging Associates, Triumph HealthCare and Twin Med.
About Amann Girrbach
Amann Girrbach is one of the leading companies in precision instruments and CAD/CAM solutions for dental
laboratories throughout the world. In addition to sites in Koblach, Austria and Pforzheim, Germany, the company
has had a U.S. subsidiary since 2005. Amann Girrbach was formed in 2004 as a result of the merger of the two
family-owned companies of Amann Dental GmbH, with headquarters in Koblach, and Pforzheim’s Girrbach Dental
GmbH (D). For further information on Amann Girrbach, visit www.amanngirrbach.com.
About TA Associates
Founded in 1968, TA Associates is one of the largest and most experienced middle market private equity firms. The
firm has invested in over 400 companies and manages more than $16 billion in capital. With offices in Boston,
London, Menlo Park and Mumbai, TA Associates leads buyouts and minority recapitalizations of profitable growth
companies in the technology, financial services, business services, healthcare and consumer industries. More
information about TA Associates can be found at www.ta.com.
About Alpine Equity
Since 1999, Alpine Equity Management AG (formerly Hypo Equity), with headquarters in Bregenz, Austria, has
been geared towards equity and investment financing of medium-sized enterprises in Austria, Germany and
Switzerland. Investment is focused on high-growth enterprises as well as buyout transactions and selected
turnaround projects. With assets under management of around Euro 100 million and 20 investment management
companies, Alpine Equity is one of Austria’s leading private equity companies. For further information on Alpine
Equity, visit www.alpineequity.at.
Marcia O’Carroll, 617-574-6796
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