Headwaters advised Lapmaster Group Holdings LLC, a leading supplier of high-precision equipment and services for lapping, polishing, grinding, and honing, on its acquisition of Peter Wolters GmbH, a provider of machine tools and systems for high-precision surface processing.

“This merger of complementary market leaders will create an even stronger global player with unparalleled technical capabilities in the industry,” said Brian Nelson, President and CEO of Lapmaster. “The team of 600 professionals in the combined entity will provide the level of service and support that customers have come to expect from Lapmaster and Peter Wolters across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Headwaters served as an invaluable advisor to Lapmaster in developing an attractive financing package during our acquisition of Peter Wolters.”

Len LaPorta, Managing Director in Headwaters MB’s Industrials practice, added, “Lapmaster and Peter Wolters have complementary product offerings across single- and double-sided finishing services. Their ability to together provide the widest range of the latest technology at competitive prices will help them continue their growth in their domestic markets as well as Asia and Latin America.” Founder & CEO of Headwaters MB Phil Seefried also remarked, “These two companies belong together. Their market position both in terms of product specialties and geographic coverage are a perfect match.”

CEO of Peter Wolters, David Celli, further commented, “This combination provides a clear choice for end-users globally that require micron-level surface finishing solutions for the most stringent and demanding applications in consumer electronics, prime wafer and general industries. We look forward to working together over the coming years.”

Since 1948, Lapmaster has solved the most challenging precision surfacing problems. With over 65 years of experience, Lapmaster has a proven history of successfully developing cost effective processing solutions for virtually any application. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

About Lapmaster
Lapmaster International is an industry leader in precision surfacing solutions. Since 1948, Lapmaster has a proven history of successfully developing cost effective processing solutions for the fine grinding, advanced materials, precision optics, bore honing and finishing, lapping/polishing and metallographic markets through an expanding network of sales and services offices located throughout the world. The Company’s 30,000 installed systems across 5000+ customers utilize micron-sized abrasive particles to remove microscopic material for various end-user precision finishing applications. Lapmaster is headquartered outside Chicago, IL, employing over 250 people across six manufacturing facilities on three continents. For more information, visit http://www.lapmaster.com/. 

About Peter Wolters
Peter Wolters is a leading supplier of high-precision machine tools and systems for surface processing of a variety of different types of work pieces. The company was founded in 1804 in Mettman, Germany, as a manufacturer of equipment for the cotton processing industry before ultimately becoming a leading participant in the surface finishing industry. Since 1974, the Company has been headquartered in Rendsburg, Germany. For more information, visit http://www.peter-wolters.com/.