26 Jan 2021

bf1systems Completes Acquisition of Motor Sport Sector Specialist, KA Sensors

bf1systems Completes Acquisition of Motor Sport Sector Specialist, KA Sensors

bf1systems, the market-leading provider of electronic and electrical solutions for the motorsport and automotive industries, and BGF portfolio company, has acquired KA Sensors as part of its acquisitive growth strategy.

Founded in 1994, bf1systems designs, manufactures and distributes high precision components, including steering wheels, tyre pressure and temperature monitoring systems, force measurement components and wiring harness assemblies. Based in Norfolk, bf1systems’ components are used in every major motorsport series around the world, including Formula 1™, GT racing and Formula E, as well as by high performance road cars, with a client list that includes Bugatti, Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and McLaren.

BGF backed bf1systems with £2.4 million in November 2019 to support its long-term growth strategy, through the expansion of its product offering and the development of new partnerships.

KA Sensors Ltd is a specialist sensor manufacturing company based in Lincolnshire. It produces a wide range of sensors and has considerable expertise in supplying the motorsport and automotive testing industry. The business was founded in 2006 by Peter Trevor. bf1systems has partnered with KA Sensors for 3 years, acting as a reseller of its products within the sector.

The acquisition will enhance bf1system’s product offering and cement its position as a market leader in the provision of electrical, electronic and integrated electronic solutions to its high-profile customer base.

 

Commenting on the deal, Graham Peel, Managing Director of bf1systems, said: “KA Sensors is a well-known player in the motorsport industry. We’ve worked with them for a number of years and they were a natural fit for our business given their size, product set and industry expertise. The acquisition will seamlessly add to our product offering, while also supporting our growth strategy. We’re looking forward to working closely with Peter Trevor and his team and delivering even more value to our customer relationships. In the coming months we will be completing more acquisitions as we look to gain further market share within the sector.”

Matthew Simcox, investor at BGF, added: “This deal is a significant milestone in bf1’s continued expansion in the UK and across international markets. The business is a real success story for UK manufacturing and innovation, and I have every confidence that through this deal, and future acquisitions, it will continue to grow its operations and cement its position as the supplier of choice for so many in the motorsport and automotive sectors.”

Peter Trevor, Managing Director of KA Sensors, commented: “We are very excited about the future working with bf1, I have followed them for many years and respect the professionalism that has always been at the heart of the company. We complement each other really well, together our expertise and experience will give a unique offering to the market.”

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