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BGF invests in Molecular Products to support expansion

Investment news
17.09.2014.

BGF, the independent company established to help Britain’s growing businesses, has built on its record of backing British manufacturers by injecting £4m of growth capital into Molecular Products Group Limited (“MPG”), a developer and manufacturer of medical devices, gas filters and oxygen generators.

It marks the twentieth growth capital investment that BGF has made to help UK manufacturing-led businesses realise their growth ambitions. It also brings the total invested into the chemical technology sector to nearly £7m, coming shortly after BGF’s investment in BHR Group, an expert fluid engineering consultancy.

MPG is headquartered in Harlow and this is the second investment that BGF has made into an Essex based company in the last two months. It backed Rayleigh-based Flowline at the end of June.

The company is owned by the McKernan family and managed by Ian (Group CEO) and Andrew (Group Commercial Director). Its manufacturing facilities are based in Harlow, Essex and in Boulder, Colorado, from which it makes sales throughout the world to customers such as CareFusion, Entegris and 3MGroup through a network of subsidiaries and distributors. Molecular Products Group is currently generating revenues of c. £20m.

The company’s chemical based technology is applied in a number of specialised and demanding end-markets within the healthcare, military and industrial sectors with customers including the MoD. MPG was also commissioned by NASA to design and build an emergency oxygen system for the International Space Station.

BGF’s investment will enable the company to build share in existing markets as well enter new geographies such as India and Japan and to deliver further innovations in its product lines. Key new technologies in development include high performance activated carbons, which offer enhanced filtration and adsorption of harmful gases for use in military and industrial respirators; and a portable lightweight oxygen generator that delivers emergency medical grade, oxygen to the battlefield.

Paul Barnard joined the MPG Board as Non Executive Chairman at the completion of BGF’s investment. Paul’s executive career included 14 years at ITW Inc (the final two as President of the Fluids Platform business) and six years as Group MD at Rocol. Paul was introduced to MPG via BGF’s Talent Network of experienced business leaders.

BGF’s Mark Nunny, who joins the board of Molecular Products Group, commented: “Molecular Products has established strong defensible niche positions in otherwise competitive end markets through developing a differentiated portfolio of products as well as its pipeline of opportunities it has created over its recent history. It has established itself as a major international player in its chosen markets.

“With the momentum of fresh investment behind it, the business is ready to develop its product offering and expand into new markets – all of which make for an exciting growth story which we are very pleased to be a part of.”

Ian McKernan, Group CEO of Molecular Products Group commented: “Molecular Products is excited about BGF’s participation in the Group. The investment will enable the further growth of the business through market expansion and the introduction of leading-edge filters and systems. The addition of experienced top calibre personnel to the Senior Management Team will add to the strength of the business.”

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