Formerly the OEM Supply – Fasteners division of Anixter Inc, Optimas was acquired by American Industrial Partners (AIP), a leading middle-market private equity firm focused on acquiring, improving and growing North American-headquartered industrial businesses.
As a new and well capitalised standalone AIP portfolio company, Optimas will leverage its existing industry presence and expertise, along with the AIP partnership, to forge stronger relationships with existing and potential customers in the commercial vehicle, luxury automotive, agricultural equipment, power generation equipment, construction and general industrial markets.
“Optimas is committed to providing supply chain solutions for our OEM customers that allow them to focus on the bigger picture rather than the minutia of the day-to-day. Supported by the deep operating and industry expertise of AIP, we are now able to help our customers excel in ways previously unachievable,” said Ian Clarke, chief executive officer, Optimas.
The company is recognized for providing its customers with superior solutions in logistics and distribution, engineering, manufacturing and implementation. Tim Millwood, vice-president of purchasing for Cummins Inc, an industry leader and a long-standing customer, explained: “As Cummins has moved from a multinational to global company, the complexity of our supply chain has increased considerably. Optimas has been a key strategic supplier partner for many years, and as we focus on transforming our supply chain, we will rely on Optimas to play a key role for us across a broad range of product and service categories. The partnership with AIP will be a key enabler for Optimas to grow and invest.”
The Optimas team – which includes nearly 2,000 employees throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia - consists of seasoned and respected industry leaders, bringing years of experience to the table. Strengths include an ability to bridge the gaps between distributors, engineers, suppliers and OEM customers, while ensuring that each customer experiences the highest calibre of quality and service, wherever they are in the world.
Having spent a decade in the fastener industry experiencing every facet – from steel mills, fastener manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, as well as machinery builders and plating + coating companies, Claire has developed an in-depth knowledge of all things fasteners.
Alongside visiting numerous companies, exhibitions and conferences around the world, Claire has also interviewed high profile figures – focusing on key topics impacting the sector and making sure readers stay up to date with the latest developments within the industry.