MJ Wilson Group Limited, an independent U.K. distributor of process instrumentation and control products, has been acquired by  Cairngorm Capital Partners.

Founded in 1972, MJ Wilson sells valves, controls, test equipment, pipe, fittings, flanges, fastenings and gaskets, as well as offering services such as calibration and repairs. Headquartered in Grimsby, MJ Wilson has five regional branches and workshops, and a number of specialist staff who provide best in class service and rapid delivery of critical components to a diverse range of long-standing, blue-chip customers across the U.K.

The acquisition of MJ Wilson is intended to be the first in a series of investments within the MRO industry by Cairngorm Capital, to create a new national and full-service MRO distribution company. To implement its MRO strategy, Cairngorm Capital is partnering with a team of experienced MRO industry executives led by Ian Ritchie, former U.K. Managing Director of Brammer UK.

Cairngorm Capital in partnership with Ian Ritchie, will undertake an accelerated programme of investment in U.K. headquartered, technically focused companies across the MRO sector (fluid power, bearings, power transmission and industrial supplies), working with each to advance a variety of organic growth opportunities, including enhanced customer acquisition, new product introductions and best-in-class customer service across a combined group.

MJ Wilson’s Executive Chairman, Gareth Wilson said: “Our reputation for technical sales with outstanding customer service has made MJ Wilson a leader in the MRO market. Cairngorm Capital and Ian Ritchie’s involvement will drive our continued growth and heralds a new phase in MJ Wilson’s development. Together, we will pursue new growth opportunities, to the benefit of our customers, suppliers and employees.”

This transaction was led by Amit Thaper, Investment Director at Cairngorm Capital, who said: “MJ Wilson is an excellent example of the sort of business in which Cairngorm Capital invests in – we are interested in firms that have demonstrated that they can weather economic volatility, have a differentiated customer offering and have significant future growth prospects. A priority for us is the quality and success of the management team, and we are excited to partner with the MJ Wilson management and Ian Ritchie and his team as we build a national MRO distribution business. We hope this is the first in a series of investments in the sector.”

For more information visit www.mjwilsongroup.co.uk

7th Feb 2018

7th February 2018