The Riverside Company, an international private equity firm specializing in smaller middle-market segments, has successfully finalized the acquisition of Norwegian distributor Arbeidsmiljø og Energiteknikk AS (AET) from RA Service AS and its management. AET is a leading independent Norwegian firm with over 30 years of experience specializing in the distribution of third-party consumables and laboratory/cleaning equipment, alongside custom decontamination services and cleanroom maintenance training. This acquisition is a significant addition to Riverside’s portfolio company Dastex Reinraumzubehör GmbH & Co. KG (Dastex), a specialized distributor of cleanroom consumables and garments across Europe. Damien Gaudin, a partner at Riverside Europe who led the deal, emphasizes the strategic compatibility between Dastex and AET, noting that AET’s product distribution aligns with Dastex’s core offerings, while its decontamination services complement existing verification and validation services. The acquisition positions Dastex for direct presence in Norway and strengthens its competitive edge in the Nordic region. Post-transaction priorities will focus on intensifying commercial and marketing efforts in Norway, enhancing group presence in Nordic countries, driving business synergies, and exploiting cross-selling opportunities. Barbro Reiersøl, AET’s CEO, will continue to lead Norwegian operations to ensure smooth transition and sustained leadership within the Dastex group. Riverside acquired Dastex and its first acquisition Vita Verita in mid-2023 to establish a leading cleanroom contamination control platform well-positioned for organic growth and additional acquisitions. Dastex serves the resilient and burgeoning cleanroom industry, aiding high-technology sectors such as pharmaceutical, life sciences, and others in meeting increasingly stringent quality and regulatory standards.

Private Equity, Cleanroom Technology, Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals,Norway, Europe

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