Pelsis Group Acquires Brandenburg

Pelsis Group Acquires Brandenburg

Global pest control technology company Pelsis Group has acquired Brandenburg, a leading manufacturer of flying and biting insect control systems, for an undisclosed sum.

January 13, 2022

Global pest control technology company Pelsis Group has acquired Brandenburg, a leading manufacturer of flying and biting insect control systems, for an undisclosed sum.

Brandenburg has become a wholly owned subsidiary with all its 110 employees, customers and suppliers transferring to Pelsis. 

The deal marks the second acquisition made by Pelsis in the last two months. The first was the purchase of Madrid-based professional pest control products businesses Sanitrade and distributor Vesta Distribuciones in December.

Brandenburg, which is headquartered near Dudley in the West Midlands, also has operations in North America based out of its facility in Saint Charles, Mo. In addition, the company has a manufacturing plant in the Pune region of India

Established more than 70 years ago the company delivers its products to 140 countries through an international distributor network.

Following the acquisition, Pelsis now has a turnover approaching €200m ($229 million) and employs more than 700 people across 18 sites located throughout Western Europe, the US and India.

Brandenburg founder and chief executive, Mathew Kaye, said: “It has been a long and rewarding journey to have built Brandenburg into the company it is today.

“We feel that our business is ready for the next stage in its journey. Joining the Pelsis Group presents a great opportunity for deep collaboration and further investment in product innovation. Ultimately, it improves our ability to grow and develop our business to serve our customers even better. We are very excited about the future.”

Last year, Pelsis purchased Lyon-based pest control supplier Edialux France in February and California-based manufacturer of humane bird deterrents Bird-B-Gone in May.

Pelsis Group chief executive, Derek Whitworth, commented: “We are very pleased to be bringing Brandenburg into the Pelsis Group family of brands as the business shares similar goals, values and aspirations for the future.

“Operationally, it fits very well within our strategy of adding companies that are leaders in their category which can help to deliver synergies for our group.

“We see great potential for ongoing growth opportunities and there are many clear benefits of working together that will provide customers with enhanced levels of product innovation, service and support.”

Pelsis was advised on the legal and financial aspects of the Brandenburg acquisition by DLA Piper and EY respectively. For further information on Pelsis visit


PELSIS APPOINTMENTS. The appointment of Derek Whitworth as interim chief executive officer (CEO) of Pelsis Group has been confirmed by the company’s Board.

Whitworth brings a wealth of experience to support the next stage of the development of Pelsis. He was previously CEO of TMD Friction, a global automotive tier one supplier, from 2005 to 2012 and acted as executive chairman of automotive remanufacturer BBB Industries from 2014 to 2017.

Whitworth is currently executive chairman of silicone release liner manufacturer Loparex BV, and of laundry solutions and air vending services provider CSC Serviceworks Inc, among other appointments.

He has extensive experience in both the improvement of service and manufacturing businesses and in the digitalization of large and medium sized organizations.

The Board has also agreed the appointment of Jan-Derck van Karnebeek as Pelsis’s interim chief commercial officer (CCO). He is a 19-year veteran of The Heineken Company, culminating in six years as the global CCO.

van Karnebeek has an impressive record of organic growth in a fast-moving business-to-business and business-to-consumer environment. He was responsible for the development and roll out of Heineken’s digital commercial strategy, launching two successful e-commerce platforms.

Pelsis Chairman Martin Schwab said: “I am very pleased to welcome Derek and Jan-Derck to Pelsis and look forward to accelerating the development of the company as a major international player in the global pest control industry.

“The Board of Pelsis would like to thank Andrew Milner for his impressive work in building the company since he joined in 2019.”