Norvestor completes the purchase of Johnson Metall AB


BecoTek Holding, a company controlled by Norvestor IV, L.P. (Norvestor) has completed the purchase of Johnson Metall AB which was announced in the beginning of February. The company is in combination with BecoTek a leading Nordic player within industrial components based on copper alloys, with a pro forma consolidated turnover in 2006 of NOK 700 million (€ 86 million), EBITDA of more than NOK 100 million (€ 12 million) and about 500 employees.

The main shareholders in the combined entity are the private equity fund Norvestor (70%) and Arvid Bjørnstad

(30%), the previous owner of BecoTek AS. The seller is Hexagon AB, a listed Swedish company.

Johnson Metall is the leading Nordic manufacturer of finished and semi-finished products in bronze, operating sales and manufacturing units in Sweden and Finland and sales offices in Denmark and Norway. In 2006 the company had 310 employees and sales of approximately SEK 475 million (€ 53 million).

BecoTek, headquartered in Norway, is a leading integrated manufacturer and supplier of brass cages to the ball and roller bearing industry worldwide, controlling the value chain from melting to finished products. Driven by strong growth in the wind energy sector, BecoTek has recently established a new manufacturing facility in Romania which commenced regular production in January. BecoTec’s turnover in 2006 was approximately NOK 280 million (€ 33 million) and the company had roughly 200 employees.

For further information, please contact:

Øyvind Aasbø, Partner in Norvestor Equity: +47 23 00 07 00 or +47 402 00 100 ( Arvid Bjørnstad, Managing Director, BecoTek: + 47 906 15 397 (

Hans Carlsson, CEO, Johnson Metall: + 46 708 82 66 82 (