Trigo quality control operationFrench quality management company Trigo has expanded in the US with the acquisition of Lumbee Enterprises, the US-based manufacturing, sorting, inspection and sub-assembly provider, for an undisclosed sum.

Trigo works in the automotive and aerospace industries (among others) providing inspection and testing services. It also offers technical rework services, including painting and paintless dent removal, as well as automotive engineering.

The buyout of Lumbee Enterprises follows its purchase of UK automotive quality specialist Bridge Group last December. It is the fifth acquisition the company has made since it was bought by private equity firm Ardian back in 2016. Lumbee was bought out by Coughlin Capital in 2008 and that private equity firm will remain involved as a shareholder in the combined group.

Lumbee is based in Greer, South Carolina, and reports handling more than 20m automotive parts a year. It provides inspection and rework services for companies including nearby BMW along with Volkswagen, Nissan, Tesla, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Volvo Truck, Caterpillar, and numerous tier suppliers.

“Lumbee’s superior attention to customer satisfaction, its proven capabilities and superior technological advancements, coupled with its entrepreneurial culture, are a perfect fit for Trigo and are certain to provide long-term benefits for our customers,” said Matthieu Rambaud, CEO of Trigo Group.