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Microtest Group acquired ipTEST

Microtest IpTest09 July 2024 – After receiving approval from the British and Italian governments, Microtest Group, the Italian leader in the creation of test systems and in the testing of microchips on package and silicon wafers, announces the acquisition of ipTEST. ipTEST specializes in testing silicon carbide and gallium nitride semiconductors, with locations in Guildford (UK) and Ipoh (Malaysia), and reported €22 million in revenue in 2023, with a 50% increase in its highly specialized engineering and technical workforce, 60% of whom are under 45 years old.

With this acquisition, Microtest Group reaches over €80 million in aggregate revenue and employs more than 400 people, solidifying its position as the leading operator in the automatic test equipment (ATE) sector and the microchip testing services in Italy, and becoming a preferred partner for global leaders in microchip and semiconductor production.

This transaction marks the fourth acquisition for the Group in just over a year—following the 2023 acquisitions of the Dutch company Test Inspire, the German company RoodMicrotec and the Italian company GEDEC. This move is part of the growth and international development strategy launched in 2022 with the support of Xenon Private Equity, aiming to make Microtest the European reference point for chip design (ASIC), test systems and in the testing of microchips on package and silicon wafers.

From an industrial perspective, integrating ipTEST will bring significant expertise in innovative device development, such as the new DS5, which won the prestigious King's Award for Enterprise in 2023 and 2024 for silicon carbide and gallium nitride semiconductor testing. These frontier semiconductors are crucial for managing electric vehicle batteries and inverters, with expected growth of over 30% annually in the next five years due to the ongoing energy transition. This acquisition will enable Microtest to serve power microchip manufacturers making substantial investments to meet new sector demands, including the main IDM’s in the industry ST Microelectronics, Infineon and Wolfspeed.

Post-acquisition, Microtest is now present in nine operational sites across Europe and Malaysia: from its headquarters in Altopascio (Lucca) to Malacca in Malaysia; from GEDEC's locations in Genoa and Turin to Test Inspire in Welsum, Netherlands; from RoodMicrotec's sites in Nördlingen and Stuttgart, Germany to the new ipTEST locations in Guildford, UK and Ipoh, Malaysia.

In the past year alone, at the advanced Microtest laboratories in Altopascio, over 100 million products have been tested, which have various applications in daily life, including automotive, 5G technologies, medical devices, and aerospace.

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