About private equity

How private equity invests in privately-owned businesses, supports jobs and creates prosperity.

Members

Login to access your exclusive member-only content and account information.

Login

Not a member? Join us

  • Operate to the highest level of professional standards
  • Access authoritative industry research and data
  • Navigate the complex EU regulatory environment
  • Network and engage with industry leaders
Private equity in action - Case Study

VIA Optronics

Back to results
Country Germany
Region Bayern
Investor Alpina Partners
Share

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.

Jürgen Eichner

Founder & CEO

VIA Optronics

To achieve our ambitious global growth targets, we placed particular importance on the experience and international network of our investors. Quotation Marks Graphic
>140%

revenue growth in 2014 to €39m

300

staff employed around the world

What did the business need?

  • Access to international networks to drive growth
  • Access to managerial expertise
  • Entry into new target global markets to realise full potential
  • Commercialisation of new technology

How did private equity backing create lasting value?

  • Focused on using the best materials in the display market
  • Acquired and integrated White Electronic Designs displays division, giving a foothold in US market
  • Expanded manufacturing in Germany, the US, opened facilities in China; recruited Asian sales team
  • Entered the consumer market and broadened the patent portfolio

What outcomes did private equity investment achieve?

  • Established a global business employing 300 people around the world
  • Achieved revenues of more than €39m in 2014, a 140% increase on 2013
  • Reached profitability in 2012, a fast result for a technology start-up
  • Established Asia as VIA’s largest market for sales
  • Became leading suppliers to medicine, automotives, defence and telecoms industries

More information

Via Optronics

Alpina Partners

Share

What can I do to manage cookies stored on my computer or phone?

You can accept or refuse cookies. Accepting cookies is usually the best way to make sure you get the best from a website.

Most PCs automatically accept them but you can change your browser settings to restrict, block or delete cookies if you want. Each browser is different, so check the 'Help' menu of your particular browser (or your mobile phone's handset manual) to learn how to change your cookie preferences. Many browsers have universal privacy settings for you to choose from.

Help on how to set and customise your cookie settings for your browser

How to manage cookies in Internet Explorer

Cookie settings in most versions of Internet Explorer can be found by clicking the tools option and then the privacy tab.

How to manage cookies in Firefox

Cookie settings in Firefox are managed in the Options window's Privacy panel. See Options window - Privacy Panel for information on these settings.

How to manage cookies in Chrome

Click on the spanner icon on the toolbar, select settings, click the under the bonnet tab, click on content settings in the privacy section.

How to manage cookies in Opera 

You can manage cookies in Opera if you Click on settings, then Preferences, then Advanced and finally Cookies

How to manage cookies in Safari

Choose Safari, then preferences and then click security. You should then be able to specify if and when Safari should accept cookies.

To manage cookies on your mobile phone please consult your manual or handbook.

Get more help about how cookies work with specific browsers.

What happens if I don't accept cookies?

If you decline cookies, some aspects of Invest Europe site may not work on your computer or mobile phone and you may not be able to access areas you want on the website. For this reason we recommend that you accept cookies.

What happens if I delete my cookies?

If you delete all your cookies you will have to update your preferences with us again and some aspects of our site may not work.

What happens if I change computers or mobile?

If you use a different device, computer profile or browser you will have to tell us your preferences again.

If you'd like to learn more about cookies in general and how to manage them, visit aboutcookies.org.

We can't be responsible for the content of external websites.

Opt-out of cookies

Login

Join today

This is for members only. To view in full login or join Invest Europe today.