Headquartered in Warrington, Mini-Cam designs and builds intuitive and robust modular pipeline inspection systems that are used across the water and wastewater industry, as well as by public authorities and companies in the oil and gas, petrochemical, nuclear, security, construction and engineering sectors.
In July 2015 LDC backed the management buyout of Mini-Cam. The investment was to assist the business in continuing its investment in product innovation and drive international revenue growth in existing and new markets worldwide.
Since then, LDC has helped managing director Nigel Wilson and his team to expand operations from one site to three, which includes establishing a new European R&D facility in Austria, developing and launching multiple new products and growing headcount from 37 employees to more than 50.
Mini-Cam has also enjoyed significant growth overseas, expanding into new markets such as Australia, Scandinavia and the US. Today, international sales account for more than 42 per cent of turnover, up from 31 per cent in 2015, and the business exports to customers in more than 40 countries worldwide. The business was recognised for its exceptional international growth in The Sunday Times SME Export Track 100 in 2017.
In October 2017 LDC completed the sale of Mini-Cam to Halma plc in a deal that values the business at up to £85m. It sees Mini-Cam join leading safety, health and environmental technology group Halma plc, within the Group’s Environmental & Analysis sector. Mini-Cam will continue to operate under its current brand, with the management team remaining with the business to oversee future growth.
The strategic support and financial backing we've received from LDC throughout our partnership has helped us grow the business, both at home and overseas. With the team's help, we have been able to continually invest in our operations, increasing production and service levels to meet the rising demand for innovative, high-tech inspection systems.Nigel Wilson, Managing Director, Mini-Cam