KinderCare Education is the largest for-profit provider of early education in the US and the parent company of KinderCare Learning Centers, CCLC and Champions. KinderCare has been educating and caring for children for over 45 years and has a strong reputation for delivering quality educational programs through approximately 1'400 centers in 38 states. CCLC provides early-childhood care and educational services similar to those offered by KinderCare, in partnership with corporate clients, government agencies and leading universities. Champions partners with schools to offer before- and after-school educational and developmental programs.
We acquired KinderCare Education in August 2015 on behalf of our clients. We are working with its management team on several initiatives to expand its programs and enhance the experience for families enrolled at its centers, drawing on our long track record of investment in the education sector globally.
Founded more than 80 years ago, Form Technologies (formerly known as Dynacast) is a global manufacturer of small, highly complex metal components. The company uses proprietary precision die-casting and metal injection molding technologies to produce customized, high-volume components with complex shapes and tight tolerances for a diverse client base including blue-chip customers across the automotive, telecommunications, computing, consumer electronics, and healthcare industries.
We acquired a controlling stake in Form Technologies in January 2015 on behalf of our clients. Since then, we have worked with Form Technologies' management team to execute a number of add-on acquisitions, including the acquisition of precision component manufacturer Signicast in March 2017 and the acquisition of Austrian zinc die caster Schlieper Druckguss in July 2016. The acquisitions have added complementary technologies, allowing the companies to expand their product offerings and further grow their combined customer base.
Voyage Care is one of the UK’s leading providers of specialist residential services and supported living for people with learning disabilities, associated physical disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders, acquired brain injuries or other complex needs. The vast majority of people supported by Voyage Care typically require high levels of support throughout their lives.
Founded in 1980, MultiPlan, Inc. delivers comprehensive transaction-based solutions to healthcare payers in the US. With a network of over 900'000 healthcare providers and extensive proprietary analytics, MultiPlan generates over USD 11 billion in medical cost savings on about 40 million claims annually. In an environment of escalating medical costs, MultiPlan's value proposition is increasingly impactful.
We acquired MultiPlan with our partner Starr Investment Holdings in March 2014 on behalf of our clients. Our investment provides the long-term capital, strategic support and collective set of relationships necessary to further grow the company and evolve its solutions in the rapidly-changing healthcare market.
VAT Group AG is the global market leader in the production of high-end vacuum valves, which are critical components in complex manufacturing processes. With operations across Europe, Asia and the US, the company focuses on end markets such as the semiconductor, flat panel display and photovoltaic industries, offering its clients over 1'000 valves that cover all relevant ranges of vacuum pressure.
We acquired VAT with our investment partner Capvis in Febuary 2014 on behalf of our clients. We are now working with the company's board and management team to help it maintain its technological leadership and operational excellence as well as to support it in its further international expansion.