LONDON The management team of distributor BFi OPTiLAS has completed a buy out of the company which has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Avnet Corp for over 10 years following the acquisition of BFI Ibexsa in 1995 and its subsequent merger with Optilas in 1998.
It has operated as a completely autonomous organization within Avnet's European Electronics Marketing Group.
BFi OPTiLAS's management team engaged independent private equity firm, Activa Capital, in order to acquire a majority stake in the company. Activa Capital manages over €185million Euros of investments. Avnet will retain a minority stake in the company.
BFi OPTiLAS will continue to expand its operation as a pan European distributor of products and services for the electronic and photonic market places. The company focuses on niche technology products such as magnetic materials, lasers, sensors, connectors, electro-optics, imaging, fibre optics, RF and microwave components, systems and assemblies. The company operates from 12 offices throughout Europe, employing 300 staff.