Washington, UK, January 12, 2018 – The HAHN Group —a cross-industry provider of premiere automation solutions, becomes shareholder of the WM Group (Whiteley Murphy Ltd.), well known in the market with its brands Orwin & Multi Automation.
With this transaction, the HAHN Group continues reinforcing its global presence as a cross-industry provider of automation solutions with a wide portfolio of products and services.
The WM Group designs and builds industrial automation processes and production solutions since more than 30 years for several industries - mainly for the automotive market.
The WM Group has currently more than 70 employees, with his head office located in Washington, Tyne and Wear close to Sunderland, known as important UK automotive industry hub. The company also operates from Redditch, which is within close proximity of the West Midlands automotive market.
“The HAHN Group not only extends its regional footprint to the UK but also adds significant capacities as well as complementary technology and skills, including long-term relationship client base. Through the presence of the WM Group in the UK, the HAHN Group will attend the customer needs even better”, stated Thomas Hähn, CEO of the HAHN Group.
Owners Chris Whiteley and Brian Murphy remain shareholders and will continue the active management of the WM Group.
“The strategy of the HAHN Group convinced us, that by joining the Group we will be able to ensure our growth and continue the path of being one of the biggest automation and special purpose machine builders in the UK. The customers of the WM Group will benefit from the strength and global presence of the HAHN Group”, explained Chris Whiteley, CEO of the WM Group.
About WM Group: The WM Group comprises its brands Orwin, Peerless System, Orwin Engineering Services and Multi Automation, but is mostly known in the market as Orwin. Orwin has a proven success in delivering added value automation solutions, enhancing technical and operational performance, for renowned companies across the world. A significant number of their customers are in the automotive sector, with others in Consumer Goods and Health Care. Visit www.orwin.co.uk to learn more.