Rope Partner, Inc., an international leader in wind-turbine blade repair, maintenance, and performance-enhancing services, has been acquired by funds advised by Magnesium Capital LLP (Magnesium).
In the last decade, the global wind market has rapidly expanded, with the majority of operating capacity installed since 2009. Providing the required operations and maintenance (O&M) services for these existing turbines as they enter the second half of their design life creates an evolving need for high-quality wind technicians to efficiently and safely service this sector.
With the global wind industry forecast to more than double by 2027 (adding 65 GW annually), the global O&M market is projected to be a $21 billion market by 2025. The offshore market alone is expected to grow by 17 percent annually, to more than $12 billion by 2028. This investment will support Rope Partner’s continued work to provide the expanding market with the high-quality services critical to supporting and accelerating the transition to a clean energy economy. This includes strategic growth plans in North America and abroad, with Europe and Latin America already identified as key growth markets.
“Since our beginnings in 2001, we have become the leader in the space and have a global reputation, with our services relied on by many of the world’s largest wind-energy owners and manufacturers,” said Eric Stanfield, Rope Partner CEO. “This next phase of growth is a very exciting time for us. We see many opportunities in the North American market, both onshore and offshore, and also in Europe and Latin America, where our customers already have wind turbines operating.”
Rope Partner, headquartered in Santa Cruz, California, is recognized internationally as the premier at height service provider of repair, maintenance, and performance-enhancing services for wind-turbine blades. With more than 100 highly qualified technicians, the company counts among its clients more than 40 blue chip wind-energy asset owners and OEMs in North America and abroad, and, over two decades, has developed an unparalleled quality and safety record. In the last 18 years, the company’s technicians have completed several thousand projects for every major manufacturer and a majority of the wind-farm owners in North America.
“The industry has evolved significantly over the last several years,” Stanfield said. “As the wind farms mature along with the market, customers are placing additional focus on the condition of their blades. As such, it is important for us to keep innovating to safely deliver value to our customers. In Magnesium, we have found a partner with a deep understanding of our core market, an established network in Europe, and the financial backing to respond to our customers’ requests. With this infusion of capital, we can develop new services and expand internationally, including through potential acquisitions to consolidate what today remains a fragmented sector.”
“Eric and his team have developed a great company over the years with a strong culture of safety, quality, and environmental sustainability that is committed to maximizing uptime and ROI for its customers,” said Magnesium’s managing partner Ian Jones, who joins the board of Rope Partner. “The focus on optimizing wind-turbine performance will help accelerate the energy transition by supporting the decarbonization of the electricity system. We look forward to working with Eric and his team through its next phase of growth.”
“We are delighted to partner with Magnesium and Rope Partner to support the team’s continued growth plans,” said Andrew Carnwath, director of Private Equity at BMO Global Asset Management. “The company has established an unrivaled reputation within the industry, and it is now well placed to benefit from growth in the wind sector and increasing focus on blade maintenance. We are therefore confident that our investment will provide our investors with a market leading return and have a wider positive impact through growth in sustainable and affordable renewable energy and high skilled job creation.”
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