Company Overview

Micro-Poise Measurement Systems, LLC is the leading global provider of precision measurement and inspection systems and associated aftermarket parts and service for the global tire industry. Micro-Poise’s systems are used by manufacturers for process control and quality assurance to assess and correct the balance, uniformity and geometry of tires, wheels and powertrain components.

Partnership Overview

Acquisition Dynamic / AIP Differentiation

  • Complex carve out from Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
  • Addressed product failure concerns during sales process
  • Industry recapitalization into higher growth and lower cost regions

Investment Rationale

  • Significant opportunity to improve earnings profile
  • Leading product performance
  • Large installed customer base
  • High barriers to entry
  • Mission critical nature of products
  • Large aftermarket growth opportunity

Value Creation Accomplishments

  • Introduced new products including the Modular Test & Measurement System (“MTMS”), the first in industry to integrate all final testing functions in one system
  • Moved headquarters to state-of-art facility, resulting in $80 million of additional annual production capacity and improved operations and process flow
  • Successfully integrated add-on acquisition of X-ray technology purchased out of German receivership
  • Expanded Company’s international footprint including the opening of a large manufacturing facility in Beijing and a sales office in India
  • Implemented comprehensive lean manufacturing to increase revenue and gain market share by reducing lead times and direct labor costs
  • Implemented strategic procurement function (including global sourcing) to lower material costs


Sold to a strategic buyer in October 2012

Company Highlights



Test & Measurement


Akron, OH

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