Lethiguel SAS announces complete acquisition of Midland Technologies Inc.
Lyon, July the 5th: Lethiguel company, a French firm operating in the light metal casting industry, has acquired a 100% stake in Midland Technologies Incorporated, Minneapolis-based casting solution provider that specializes in vent and vacuum technologies. Transaction was completed on July the 2nd of 2021.
This strategic move will lead the group to the double benefit of a strategic industrial establishment in the USA, and the acquisition of a complementary technology and high added-value know-how focusing on the HPDC industry. Thus what doors does it exactly open for the two companies?
Lethiguel’s goal is to broaden its range of know-how and technical added-value in the field of die-casting. As part of its global strategy, the group needed to establish operations in the USA with a local sales and technical support office and team. Acquiring Midland and integrating its operations and products portfolio has been the opportunity to give meaning to the future of both companies. Midland brings other capacities in terms of products, manufacturing, R&D, and know-how. With very promising market and innovation potential, Midland will be a key to promote Lethiguel’s presence in the US, while benefiting from the French group’s global sales and distribution channels worldwide.
By joining forces, Lethiguel Group reaffirms its multi-specialist position in a demanding and complex industrial environment.
Lethiguel’s vision: the group is growing as a global specialist of casting solutions, expanding territories, and diversifying into other industries and markets. Each entity of the group is a technical-niche specialist, developing and providing casting solutions to the light-metal casting industry. The company already serves customers across 40 countries on all 5 continents, and is active on all the segments of the light metal value chain: cast houses and primary light metal, Die Casting (HPDC, GDC, LPDC), and Recycling.
Lethiguel was founded in 1976, starting as a trading company distributing crucibles and machine tools for the French aluminum industry. The company developed its domestic distribution portfolio over the years, with the trust of innovative and reliable companies such as StrikoWestofen, DVS Gruppe, Ahresty, HB Therm, and Thermobiehl to name a few.
At the beginning of the 2000s,the annual sales was below 2.360.000 USD. With the acquisition of a small promising business in 2003, the company started to design and manufacture its own thermal technologies. Over the years, Lethiguel focused on developing its export sales and international markets, leading to a total inversion of domestic/export sales ratio in about one decade. In order to sustain this new challenging business model, with an 80% export sales, the company established a network of international representatives, and created sales and support offices in Germany (2013), Canada (2015/ dissolved 2019), Japan (2016) and Mexico (2021).
The most recent turning point in the firm’s history is 2019, with the launch of an industrial ERP system, and the HQ moving to a new facility in Lentilly (Lyon northern suburb). A record annual sales was reached that year with 14.177.000 USD.
Midland Technologies background
The company was founded in the nineties by Richard Dubay, a former tool design engineer in the HPDC industry. Midland developed innovative vacuum systems and related die elements, that quickly found a strong and loyal customer base in the USA.
As a long-term member of the NADCA and a recognized expert in its field, Midland shows potential for further technical developments as the HPDC process is becoming increasingly more complex, and requires state of the art peripheral technologies.
Midland Technologies, Inc. has an extensive product line to support the die casting industry. Primary products include Valve-Less Vacuum Blocks, Vent Blocks, Jet Coolers, and Vacuum Pumps & Accessories. Midland has also developed a new product called Vac-Alert, a patent-pending technology that provides real-time vacuum levels inside the die cavity. In addition, the company provides runner spreaders, bushings and conformal cooled inserts to its customers.
Guillaume Levacher, CEO of Lethiguel Group:
“ At Lethiguel, we are looking to build a group that reflects our values. As a family-owned business, our vision is set on long-term and we believe that our teams are the key to our common success. The light metal industry is facing very interesting challenges, driven by the light-weighing of the vehicles in automotive industry. With projects in research and innovation, market oriented solutions development and a strong sense of service, we serve our customers globally with a strong local presence.
Throughout our company’s history, we have shown dedication and commitment to our customers, carefully listening to their needs while looking closely at the evolution of the industry. We believe that our capacity to adapt to changes, our long-term approach and our appetite for innovation has enabled us to grow from a local actor to a global group. Our team is multicultural: we have over 14 nationalities and speak 13 different languages; this great asset allows us to promote a very open-minded approach in driving our globalized businesses.”