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Inflexion acquires Detectortesters

Inflexion has made a majority investment in Detectortesters, a global manufacturer of fire detector testing equipment. The investment is being made by Inflexion Buyout Fund V.

Founded in 1965, Detectortesters designs and produces solutions that enable testing of smoke, heat and carbon monoxide fire detectors. With a worldwide customer base, consisting mainly of field service engineers, the business exports its products to over 130 countries, deriving over 80 per cent of its revenues outside the UK. The company conducts all new product development in-house, working with all of the major fire detector OEMs, fostering efficiency as well as proprietary innovation. 

Inflexion will support the management team at Detectortesters to continue product innovation including a focus on sustainability, drive revenue growth through pricing strategies and sales channel optimisation, whilst accelerating international growth. As part of the investment Detectortesters will simultaneously acquire Systems Distributors, Inc., a US distributor of Detectortesters products which will be a platform for further growth in that region.

Simon Turner, Managing Partner at Inflexion, says: “The team at Detectortesters have led the business to be the unequivocal global leader in a high growth regulatory driven market benefiting from a high-quality offering and strong customer loyalty. The business is well positioned to grow further through geographic expansion and optimising their customer proposition. We look forward to working with this ambitious team.”

Robert Campbell, CEO at Detectortesters, says: “We’re currently a very successful, global business but we still see significant  growth opportunities ahead in both the UK and internationally and have  an exciting roadmap of next-generation testing equipment ahead. Inflexion’s international and commercial experience will be invaluable to us as we accelerate the growth of our business and make our plans reality. Operating in a highly regulated environment, we take safety incredibly seriously and, in the hands of Inflexion, we have the safety, security and support to push ahead and realise our goals.” 

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