Walor International, a European leader in manufacturing forged and machined steel parts for automotive sector, has been sold to Mutares

Paris – CFI is delighted to announce it acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Walor International in its sale to Mutares.

Founded in 1993, Walor is a global player of forging and machining solutions in the automotive sector. Walor employs 1,200 people through 11 industrial facilities in 5 countries and has achieved approximately 215 million euros of revenue in 2022.

The group has recognized expertise in forging and machining, allowing it to cover a wide range of technical component needs and mechanical solutions for the automotive industry as well as industrial vehicles.

Thanks to its product portfolio with low exposure to internal combustion engines, and its strong expertise in developing new parts for electric and hybrid vehicles in collaboration with automotive manufacturers, Walor has seized the real opportunity of vehicle electrification, strengthening its successful position as a key partner for major players in the automotive industry.

Founded in 2008, Mutares is a listed industrial holding company focusing on the acquisition and development of medium-sized companies in special situations with operational improvement and growth potential.

Headquartered in Munich, Mutares has become an international private equity investor with global activities. With a consolidated turnover of about EUR 3.75bn in 2022, the portfolio of Mutares currently consists of 29 companies across 4 different sectors.

The “Automobile and Mobility” segment is strengthening as one of Mutares’ core segments. Numerous acquisitions in this sector have been completed or are ongoing.

The acquisition of Walor is part of Mutares’ project to create a European group, FerrAl United, a global leader of forged and machined metal parts with high added-value for the automotive industry. This group will be vertically integrated across the entire value chain and will be able to meet all current demands of OEM customers and tier-1 suppliers, in the frame of their transition to hybrid and electric platforms and their supply chain optimization.

With this emblematic operation, CFI group continues to strengthen its presence in the automotive sector.

This transaction closed on 31 October 2023

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