Gerard Daniel completes acquisition of Rhodius KMS

Graycliff Partners LP portfolio company Gerard Daniel Worldwide has completed its acquisition of the Knitted Mesh & Separation division of Rhodius GmbH (Rhodius KMS).

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Weisenburg, Germany-based Rhodius KMS manufactures knitted wire mesh used in electrolysis and filtration applications in the clean hydrogen, chemical and industrial end markets. The acquisition of Rhodius KMS introduces cross-selling opportunities through the addition of knitted mesh to Gerard Daniel’s product portfolio, expands the company’s reach in the attractive and fast-growing clean hydrogen market, and further establishes Gerard Daniel’s European presence with new German operations.

Gerard Daniel, which is based in Hanover, Pennsylvania, USA, provides wire, wire cloth and wire cloth components to a global commercial customer base serving a wide range of end markets. Post-acquisition, Gerard Daniel will have more than 5,000 customers from 11 locations across four countries.

Gerard Daniel's CEO Jack Slinger said: “The addition of Rhodius KMS to the Gerard Daniel group of companies expands our manufacturing capabilities, global footprint, and engineering organizations. We are excited to help the Rhodius team expand their product distribution further into the North American market, while also working with the existing customer base to increase Rhodius' revenues within the core business. We will continue to serve our customers through the people they have built relationships with and trust."

Dr Martin Dunkel, managing director of Rhodius KMS, will continue to manage the business.

"We are excited for the road ahead where Rhodius KMS can leverage the resources of a large global organization,” said Dr Dunkel. “The KMS team also enjoyed working with the team at Graycliff Partners and we are thrilled to have a strategic minded and well capitalized partner to support future growth.”

Rhodius KMS is the latest acquisition completed by Graycliff-backed Gerard Daniel, following the April 2023 acquisition of NJ-based Wire Cloth Manufacturers.

Andrew Trigg, managing partner at Graycliff, said: “We believe the integration of Gerard Daniel and Rhodius creates exciting growth opportunities for the combined business. We look forward to working with both teams to leverage these opportunities to further accelerate growth and serve Gerard Daniel’s global customer base seamlessly.”