June 26, 2018

Zemax prepares for new phase of growth with acquisition by global private equity firm

Zemax prepares for new phase of growth with acquisition by global private equity firm

We are pleased to announce that EQT Partners acquired Zemax from Arlington Capital Partners. The company will continue to be led by Mark Nicholson, CEO, and our headquarters will remain in Kirkland. With the new influx of investment, we will continue to drive growth in OpticStudio and LensMechanix as well as seek new opportunities to innovate and deliver solutions that offer customers new ways to bring products to market faster at a reduced cost.

“Our partnership with Arlington has been a tremendous success. During their ownership, Zemax made substantial investments and demonstrated consistent strong organic growth,” said Mark Nicholson, Zemax CEO. “As we enter our next stage of growth, we are pleased to partner with EQT as we continue to expand our product offerings and deepen our customer focus. EQT’s relationships, global presence, and investment philosophy position us to enter into a new phase of investment and growth that stays true to our vision to offer software based on a strong physics architecture, uphold a culture of excellence and innovation, and drive customer success.”

Brendan Scollans, Partner at EQT Partners and Investment Advisor to EQT, commented, “Zemax aligns perfectly with EQT’s focus of investing in market leaders in attractive and growing niche markets globally. EQT’s software expertise and international presence will help Zemax further expand its product offering, both organically and through acquisitions, to best serve its global customer base. We are excited to partner with the talented Zemax management team to support the next phase of growth.”

About EQT
EQT is a leading investment firm with approximately EUR 50 billion in raised capital across 27 funds. EQT funds have portfolio companies in Europe, Asia, and the US with total sales of more than EUR 19 billion and approximately 110,000 employees. EQT works with portfolio companies to achieve sustainable growth, operational excellence and market leadership. For more information, visit www.eqtpartners.com.

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