Generational Equity Announces the Acquisition of Advanced Testing and Engineering, Inc., and Commercial Aging Services, LLC, by SGS Group

Jul 08, 2014, 14:23 ET from Generational Equity

DALLAS, July 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Generational Equity, a leading mergers and acquisitions advisor for privately-held, middle-market businesses, is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, Advanced Testing and Engineering Inc. (ATE), and Commercial Aging Services, LLC (CAS), headquartered in Taylor, Michigan, by SGS Group, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.  The acquisition closed on May 30, 2014.

ATE is a leading independent fatigue durability testing laboratory, specializing in exhaust, suspension and emissions systems. It serves the automotive, heavy truck and motorcycle markets. Founded in 2001 and privately owned, ATE employs 20 and generated 2013 revenues in excess of USD 5.3 million

CAS was formed in 2008 with the purpose of commercializing C-FOCAS© technology.  The patented system is a gasoline-fueled burner with an integrated, computerized control system.  The system is capable of running gasoline, natural gas, or propane fuel and can accurately inject oil or metered poison to stimulate engine oil consumption.

Managing Director Doug Smith, and his Vice President, Fred Zweifel led the Generational Equity deal team that advised ATE and CAS on the transaction. "This was a great strategic acquisition for all parties as SGS continues to grow its Automotive Division," stated Fred Zweifel.

SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 80,000 employees, SGS operates a network of more than 1,650 offices and laboratories around the world. SGS strengthens and diversifies its Automotive Services in the North American market with the acquisition of ATE and CAS.

"I am very pleased with these two transactions," said Chris Kirk, CEO of SGS. "Combined with ETC, which we acquired in 2011, ATE and CAS expand and further diversify our vehicle and engine testing services in North America."  To learn more, please visit

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