Jürgen Eichner founded VIA optronics as a developer of low-energy, high-performance LCD screens and displays in 2006. The company had an innovative idea but needed finance to develop the product and find customers. The first external funding was provided by Bavarian investor BayBG, and in 2009 the business bought the displays division of US company White Electronic Designs to give VIA a presence in the US market.
A year later, Alpina Partners invested in VIA optronics to help increase production capacity in Asia and accelerate international growth. The investment has paid off. Today, VIA optronics is a leading display manufacturer, making screens for personal computers, aircraft instruments and hospital monitors. In 2014, it generated revenues of more than €39m, which implied a growth rate of 140%. The company was acquired by trade buyer IMI in 2016.
Founder & CEO
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