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Fredericks Michael & Co. advised Patria Oyj (FIN) and its subsidiaries, Patria Vammas Oy (FIN) and Windhoff Vammas Airport Equipment GmbH (DE), on the sale of its airport ground equipment business activities to Laweco Maschinen- und Apparatebau GmbH (DE), the German manufacturer of customized lift systems

Fredericks Michael & Co. acted as Patria’s exclusive financial advisor with respect to the sale of its airport ground equipment business activities, Patria Vammas Oy and Windhoff Vammas Airport Equipment GmbH, to Laweco Maschinen- und Apparatebau GmbH.

The agreement covers Patria’s airport ground support equipment activities worldwide.

The Windhoff Vammas organization in Germany has long product and application experience in marketing and sales, design, manufacturing and aftersales of the said products and related services. The customer contacts are carried out both with direct sales and service as well as the existing sales and service representative networks.

"With this agreement Patria has completed its divestment of airport-related activities. It is also a natural step forward in several years’ evolution in which Patria has been focusing to its core businesses according to its strategy", states Executive Vice President Seppo Seppälä from Patria.

“Safety and reliability is particularly important at airports. Therefore, Laweco lifting solutions, based on proven scissor lift table technology, are preferred worldwide to overcome height differences. Customized, modular – Made in Germany – typically Laweco is the added new Windhoff Vammas product line. Intelligent lifting solutions by Laweco as truck docks, dock levelers and workstations complete the material flow chain in air freight transfer with these innovative GSE products”, states Dietmar Lagemann Managing Director of Laweco.

About Patria

Patria is a defense and aerospace group with international operations delivering its customers competitive solutions based on own specialist know-how and partnerships. Patria is owned by the State of Finland and the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company EADS N.V.

About Laweco

Laweco GmbH has been a producer of customized lift systems since 1979. With more than 100 employees, the family-owned company located in Germany is one of the leading manufacturers in Europe. Laweco is known for lifting systems that are robust, have a long operating life and, above all, are safe and reliable.

About Fredericks Michael & Co.
Established since 1984, Fredericks Michael provides distinctive financial advisory solutions to large corporations, private and family-controlled businesses, and financial sponsors seeking to execute cross-border mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and strategic alliances in Europe, the Americas and Asia.
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