on the sale of
November 2023

Ardian sells imes-icore

Ardian has agreed to sell its stake in imes-icore Holding GmbH to EMZ Partners, a leading European investment firm. imes-icore currently offers the world’s most comprehensive portfolio of milling and grinding machines for the automated production of dental prosthetics.

Ardian is a world-leading private investment house, managing or advising $156bn of assets on behalf of more than 1,470 clients globally.

imes-icore is one of the world market leaders for digital dental CAD/CAM production systems with locations in Germany, the USA and Southeast Asia. The company designs, develops and manufactures dental milling systems, which are accompanied by a broad portfolio of after-sales services.

Since its foundation in 2002, imes-icore has developed from a specialist for individual CNC machine systems to one of the global market leaders for digital CAD/CAM production systems in the dental sector. imes-icore’s main competency lies in machine systems for the automated production of dental prostheses such as caps and bridges, implant superstructures or prostheses. These are used in dental practices, dental laboratories, clinics and dental milling centers.

With the support of Ardian, imes-icore has evolved from a developer of high-tech CNC-CAD/CAM systems and industrial machines to a solution provider focused exclusively on the dental sector characterized by a high proportion of recurring revenues. The number of employees has grown from around 130 in 2017 to over 270 today. In addition to organic growth, the acquisition of Pritidenta, a manufacturer of zirconium consumables in Stuttgart (Germany), PM-Technologies, a service and support provider in Las Vegas (USA), and a stake in the i-ProDens milling center in Hanau (Germany), also had a positive impact on this growth.

taxess advised on the tax and structural aspects of the sale.

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