Designplan to keep independence after sale to Fagerhult

Designplan, the Surrey-based specialist in vandal-proof lighting, has been bought by Swedish giant Fagerhult for an undisclosed sum.

Designplan is a significant UK manufacturer, says Barton

Designplan is a significant UK manufacturer, says Barton

Designplan – like other Fagerhult-acquired brands such as Whitecroft, Waco and Lyktan – will operate as an independent business within the group with the same management team at its Sutton premises.

‘Designplan is a significant UK manufacturer with a leadership position in its field’, Fagerhult group regional director Paul Barton told Lux. ‘Its specialist products and capabilities are a perfect fit for Fagerhult’s existing portfolio and it will also allow us to expand Designplan sales internationally. ‘Our strategy is to build on our position as one of the top three lighting systems manufacturers in Europe through profitable growth. With this acquisition we will further strengthen our position in the important UK market’.

Designplan Lighting sells around £11 million worth of exterior and interior luminaires annually. It employs 180 people and has a strong position in lighting for prisons, police stations and secure buildings.

Designplan is a private family business owned by David and Michael Cumper. ‘The decision to pass ownership to the Fagerhult Group was an emotional one after 48 years of family ownership, and not easy, however the obvious business case for the good of Designplan going forward ultimately made the decision a very simple one. Both Michael and I are confident that the future for Designplan and for its employees is now assured and is very positive,’ says David Cumper.

Designplan managing director Paul Williamson said the move was a ‘tremendous opportunity’ for Designplan to build its International presence as well as further growth in the UK. We will continue to build on our brand and market position for transportation infrastructure, exterior applications and secure environments, such as prisons and police stations.’

The Fagerhult Group is one of Europe’s top three lighting companies with annual sales of £250m and  1,900 employees.

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