Oetiker Group acquires Jiffy-tite Group, a leading manufacturer of engineered fluid connection parts

Horgen, Switzerland / Lancaster, USA, 1 March 2016 Oetiker Group, a leading international manufacturer of connecting solutions, acquired all shares of Jiffy-tite Group effective March 1, 2016. The acquisition of Jiffy-tite, a leading manufacturer of fluid connection parts, allows Oetiker to gain a stronger foothold in the quick connect market and further strengthens its position as one of the leading suppliers of connecting technology to the automotive industry. Jiffy-tite is a manufacturer of market leading, highly engineered fluid connection parts and assemblies primarily used in the automotive industry. The company pioneered quick connectors for fluid transfer applications that include transmission oil cooling, engine oil cooling, and engine glycol cooling. Using this core technology, the company has subsequently developed connections for further applications such as thermal management systems, turbocharger systems, electric vehicle high current systems and all-wheel drive systems. Today, Jiffy-tite’s products are used on more than 23 automobile brands all over the world. The company is headquartered in Lancaster, NY and has a second production facility in Batavia, NY and sales offices in Novi, MI and Frankfurt, Germany. The company generates revenues of approx. USD 90 million with a workforce of approximately 300 employees. Jiffy-tite was founded by Robert and Shirley Zillig in 1963. The company shifted focus to the automotive industry in 1986 after their son, Steve Zillig, bought the business from his parents. “Our success in North America has earned us a reputation which has opened doors for us overseas. As our business continues to expand, we must adapt to customers who do not live within driving distance of us. Being now part of the global Oetiker Group, I see many growth opportunities for our products, especially in Europe and Asia”, says Steve Zillig, former owner and CEO of Jiffy-tite Group. “Furthermore, as family owned companies, both Jiffy-tite and Oetiker share a tradition of entrepreneurship and many common values and attributes, which makes Oetiker even more of an ideal partner for Jiffy-tite.” “The acquisition of Jiffy-tite aligns perfectly with our long-term strategy to be a global leader for high-end connecting solutions in the vehicle industry” says Thomas Meier-Bickel, CEO of Oetiker Group. “Jiffy-tite’s highly engineered, application focused products, especially its quick connects, are an optimal complement to our clamping portfolio, resulting in a broader offering of connecting solutions for a wider range of applications to our automotive customers.” Paramax Securities, LLC (a subsidiary of Paramax Corporation), acted as exclusive advisor to the Jiffy-tite Group and ZETRA International to the Oetiker Group in this transaction. For additional information about Jiffy-tite please visit www.jiffytite.com Contact Hans Oetiker Holding AG Marco Scheller Corporate Development Director Email: mscheller@ch.oetiker.com Phone: +41 44 728 55 10 About Oetiker Group Founded in Horgen, Switzerland in 1942, the Oetiker Group serves customers in over 70 countries and is a global leader in clamping and connection solutions. Oetiker designs, manufactures and distributes clamps, rings and quick connectors as well as appropriate assembly solutions for various Automotive and Industrial applications. The Oetiker Group is a privately held company with over 1500 employees worldwide in over 20 locations across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. In 2015, the company generated sales of CHF 271 million. For additional information about Oetiker Group please visit www.oetiker.com