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Trescal acquires Primo Instrument

Calibration specialists creates beachhead in Canada


International calibration specialist Trescal has acquired Montreal-based Primo Instrument, a leading supplier of test and measurement equipment. A one-stop-shop laboratory, Primo provides a complete spectrum of calibration services and is A2LA accredited across its multiple practice areas. Primo employs 35 people and is mostly active in the aerospace and automotive sectors.

Based in Montreal, Primo Instrument is proceeding with the acquisition, as its three founders – Pierre Tétrault, Michele Sardella and Tony Antonitti – will stay in their current positions to continue to lead the growth of the business.

“We are thrilled to have Primo Instrument joining Trescal. Canada has always been a target for our geographical expansion as a large number of the group’s aeronautics and space customers are already located in this country,” says Trescal Deputy CEO Guillaume Caroit.

Pierre Tétrault, the founder of Primo Instrument, added: “We were looking to be backed by a strong partner to continue our success story. Trescal brings us the expertise and the network we need to accelerate our

growth. We are very proud to join what is the worldwide leader in calibration services.”

Thibault Basquin, managing director of Ardian Mid Cap Buyout adds, “Primo Instrument’s presence in Canada brings a new attractive country to the group and reinforces its presence in North America.”

This deal was completed with the support of Trescal’s majority shareholder, Ardian, the independent private investment company. This is Trescal’s 14th build-up following Ardian’s takeover in July 2013.


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