Customers of Essentra Components look set to benefit from the completion of a multi-million pound acquisition announced of a Chinese components manufacturer and distributor, Jiangxi Hengzhu Electrical Cabinet Lock Co (Hengzhu).
The acquisition will see Essentra obtain a majority share within the business along with its existing 500-strong workforce, distribution network and product range, with an option to extend to full ownership upon certain agreed milestones being reached.
The initial acquisition was announced in May with regulators approving the agreement in full, enabling Essentra Components to take control of the business and add more than 7,000 customers to its existing portfolio.
Hengzhu has built a presence in China as a leading manufacturer of access hardware, operating from their manufacturing plant in Yichun. The majority (70%) of Hengzhu’s trade is conducted domestically, laying the groundwork for Essentra Components to expand into new markets with a very strong footprint in place.
The agreement will pave the way for Essentra Components to not only boost its customer base but also open the door for existing and future UK and European customers to benefit from new products now all under one business umbrella.
With a new a distribution network and customer base, the factory in Yichun will give Essentra Components the opportunity to manufacture high demand products in country.
“Thanks to the acquisition, we can offer both our customers and Hengzhu’s customers components expertise across a greater range of products, giving them greater flexibility and security in their supply chains. We’re looking forward to working with the team at Hengzhu to further increase our penetration of the Asian market,” Scott Fawcett, Divisional Managing Director at Essentra Components said China represents a significant market opportunity for its clients.
UK based Essentra Components has, in recent years, driven growth through strategic expansion of both its product ranges and distribution network including the introduction of 40% post-consumer plastic LDPE components. As well as focusing on a successful integration, the company will continue its efforts towards a net zero goal. With a drive towards future sustainability, Essentra is offering customers a greater selection of sustainable products as way to reduce their carbon footprints.