New Water Capital recapitalises two electronics manufacturing services providers


Private equity firm New Water Capital (NWC) has made a significant investment in the Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) sector, with the recapitalisation of DataED and Bestronics – two Tier III manufacturers focusing on high-mix, low/medium-volume printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) and box builds.

Founded in 1980, Salem, New Hampshire-based DataED’s manufacturing capacity includes 75,000 square feet of state-of-the-art facilities in Salem, including a New Product Introduction facility, as well as two manufacturing plants totaling 85,000 square feet located in Shenzhen, China.

Bestronics, founded in 1990, operates a world-class, 145,000-square-foot campus, including high-tech manufacturing and dedicated box build manufacturing facilities, in San Jose, Calif. The company recently was voted one of the Top 10 EMS providers in the Bay Area by Venture Outsource Magazine.

Company principals say the combination will create attractive synergies and strengthen the collective companies’ ability to expand the geographic reach of each business, create end market diversification and provide additional capabilities to each business’ customer base. New Water Capital partner Brian McGee said the two companies’ experience serving different market sectors makes them very complimentary to each other. DataED currently specialises in highly technical, highly engineered, printed circuit board assemblies for the Semiconductor, Security, Medical, Laser and A&D end markets, while Bestronics specialises in producing highly technical, highly engineered, printed circuit board assemblies and box builds for the Power and Infrastructure, Surveying, Telecom, Medical, and Test and Measurement end markets.

“We see tremendous opportunity in providing high quality, localised electronics manufacturing services and capabilities in key North American markets while maintaining the combined company’s global reach,” says McGee. “At New Water, we aim to support and invest in businesses with enduring value propositions. DataED and Bestronics are exemplary of this investment strategy, with highly focused customer service models based on technical excellence, flexibility and outstanding quality. These two companies complement each other by collectively strengthening an already experienced sales teams and allowing us to leverage our combined manufacturing capabilities across North America and Asia.”

“Adding Bestronics’ operations to ours provides our customers with direct access to enhanced box build and system integration capabilities and clean-room assembly expertise, as well as a highly capable Silicon Valley-based process engineering and manufacturing team,” says DataED CEO Vic Giglio.

“Joining with DataED will enable Bestronics to expand its global footprint and take advantage of its supply chain expertise,” says Bestronics CEO Nat Mani. “DataED’s dedicated NPI/Prototype center will provide our combined customers an exciting, much broader set of capabilities.”

Canaccord Genuity Inc served as an exclusive financial advisor to DataED. Lincoln International LLC served as an exclusive financial advisor to Bestronics.

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