CWS Cleanrooms, a member company of the CWS Group, takes over STAXS® Contamination Control Experts (STAXS). STAXS is a leading distributor of cleanroom consumables for the life sciences and other industries in the broader Benelux region. This acquisition by CWS Cleanrooms is a further stage in the expansion of its cleanroom services in Europe. The seller is Silverfleet Capital, a pan-European private equity company. The parties have agreed to keep the purchase price confidential. The transaction is planned for completion in late May 2022 and is subject to no further closing conditions.
The acquisition is an important step in implementing the company’s growth strategy, as Markus Schad, Managing Director of CWS Cleanrooms, knows: "This acquisition represents a further stage in the expansion of our international portfolio of services for our customers in the highly specialized cleanroom segment. We at CWS Cleanrooms are Europe's first one-stop shop provider of textile services, cleaning, training, on-site services and consumables. Together with the existing management team, we will further strengthen the positioning of CWS Cleanrooms in Europe."
STAXS is a leading provider of cleanroom consumables for the life sciences and other industries in the broader Benelux region. As contamination control expert, it has built an excellent reputation for quality and reliability. Under the CWS Cleanrooms umbrella, STAXS will represent the Cleanroom Consumables platform and, as such, continue to service its customers as an independent company. The members of the management team around Johan-Detlef Dubbelboer, Stijn van Eenoo, Wico Maltha, Jeroen Juffermans and Katia Poppe remain shareholders of STAXS.
STAXS® has seen a strong growth trajectory in recent years. Its product portfolio consists of its own brand DOTCH® as well as leading third-party brands, comprising top-quality disinfectants and detergents, wipes and swabs, gloves, cleaning tools and disposable garments ensuring safe cleanroom operations. STAXS is a leading player in the Benelux contamination control market with a strong customer base – predominantly in the life sciences industry – in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. The company was founded in 1995 and is based in Heerenveen, The Netherlands, as well as in Nied, Belgium.
The takeover of STAXS to expand the CWS cleanroom business in Europe follows the acquisitions of Specialised Sterile Environments (SSE) and Service Matters (SML), both based in Ireland, as well as WERO, a Dutch specialist in cleanroom cleaning, and profi-con, a German company offering cleanroom cleaning services and expertise in on-site and online training.
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