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Top French group Altrad acquires RMD Kwikform

LONDON, October 20, 2021

Interserve Group, a leader in the provision of construction, equipment and probation services, has
announced the sale of RMD Kwikform (RMDK), its global equipment services business to leading European group Altrad.
 
Headquartered in France, Altrad was founded in 1985 by its President Mohed and now has revenues of around €3 billion ($3.5 billion). It is one of the world’s leading industrial services companies focusing on oil and gas, energy process, environmental and construction sectors, employing around 38,000 people.
 
The sale is part of the planned restructuring of the group, which has also seen the sale of businesses including Interserve Healthcare to City & County Healthcare Group and Interserve Support Services to Mitie Group last year, said the company in a statement.
 
A major player in the region, RMDK provides specialist engineering solutions needed to deliver major
infrastructure and building projects. 
 
Based in the West Midlands (UK), RMDK employs over 1,300 people across the globe including in its core markets of the UK, India, Australia and the UAE.
 
On the successful deal, Interserve Group Chairman Alan Lovell said: "The sale of RMDK to Altrad Group continues the significant progress we have made selling the constituent parts of Interserve Group to best realise value for our shareholders."
 
"I have no doubt that RMDK will thrive as part of Altrad Group which will benefit both its staff and clients alike. I would like to thank all the team at RMDK for their outstanding contribution to the group and wish them well for the future," he added.
 
CEO Ian Hayes expressed delight at joining the Altrad Group. "RMDK will provide complementary
engineering services across Altrad’s global markets enhancing services and value to its clients," he stated.
 
Over the past 18 months despite the Covid challenges impacting global construction markets, RMDK has shown great resilience widening our offer by launching new products into key markets such as the commercial building sector, he added.
 
Altrad said it will support RMDK’s growth strategy built on further investment into its products, services and geographic expansion, widening the platform for the renowned world class engineering solutions being provided to clients.
 
Importantly, it will also lead to significant opportunities for our staff as part of a leading global industrial services group, he stated. 
 
Ran Oren, joint Chief Executive of Altrad Group said: "We are so excited to welcome RMDK to the Altrad family. We have watched and admired RMDK’s specialist engineering skills and services for many years and strongly believe in its brand, client solutions and ability to return to growth. RMDK will enhance our portfolio of products, in line with our strategy of geographic, sector and product diversification."
 
According to Oren, Altrad is well financed with a strong balance sheet and the unwavering support of its stakeholders. 
 
"We are able to provide investment to fuel the further growth of RMDK as part of a leading industrial group," he added.
 
Lazard is acting as sole financial advisor to Interserve Group in respect of this transaction and KPMG is acting as the advisor to Altrad Group.



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