Grant Thornton advises Magal Engineering Ltd Magal Engineering Ltd has been sold to Arlington Industries Group Ltd

May 2017
Magal Engineering
Arlington Industries
Adviser to Magal Engineering on their sale to Arlington Industries
Grant Thornton team
  • Nick Gillott
    Nick Gillott
    Head of Industrials, Corporate Finance Advisory
Sell side
Corporate finance
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We are delighted to have advised Magal Engineering Ltd on their sale to Arlington Industries Group Ltd.

Based in Reading, Magal Engineering Limited (“Magal”) is a tier 1 automotive manufacturing company supplying thermal control systems, mechanical cables and tyre replacement mechanisms and toolkits to many of the world’s largest Automotive OEMs.

Consistently outperforming its competitors on value-add and quality, Magal was ranked 84th in the HSBC International Track 200, growing organic revenues significantly and operating from 7 locations worldwide.

Following an MBO in 2002 and having grown and developed the business over a 15 year period, the shareholders engaged Grant Thornton to find a strategic buyer for the business.

We leveraged their international network and Automotive sector expertise to identify a number of strategic acquirers, both trade and private equity. Through those relationships, Arlington Industries, backed by US private equity firm Cartesian Capital Group LLC, was identified as a strong fit due to its buy and build growth strategy which is focussed on companies within the supply chains of the automotive and aerospace sectors.

As the sole lead adviser to the transaction, we played an instrumental role in advising on a number of complexities which arose during the transaction, including the divesture of an overseas subsidiary, the establishment of a joint venture in China, and the impact of the EU referendum.

Our solutions-driven approach, determination and tenacity drove the process through to completion and was critical in maintaining momentum at key points in the deal.


“I really am very grateful for everything the Grant Thornton team did to get this deal over the line. There were moments I and the management team thought we would never get there, but the Grant Thornton team always remained positive, solutions focussed, and were determined to make this happen for us.”

Gamil Magal CEO, Magal Engineering Limited