Industrial testing and inspection

Date Invested
February 2011

At a glance

people delivering inspection and compliance services
countries served from standing start over 4 years
acquisitions completed during Phoenix ownership

Edif is a leading worldwide provider of a diverse range of testing and inspection services for large, industrial clients. Edif’s services reduce risk, optimise performance and enhance the capability of its clients.

Our partnership

Phoenix partnered with CEO Rob Dilworth to found Edif and made its first investment in the business in February 2011. Together, the management team and Phoenix went on to build a company with approximately 650 employees and 2,500 associates in over 28 offices internationally.

We worked with the Edif team to develop a buy-and-build strategy, and a long list of proprietary acquisition targets was established. Together, we successfully executed two platform acquisitions in 2011, and ten more acquisitions were completed over the next five years. These additional businesses enhanced Edif’s range of services, as well as its geographical reach.

Following impressive growth, including the development of a global network across 45 countries, Edif was sold to a strategic acquirer, RINA S.p.A, in July 2016 for £119m.

"Phoenix's focus on management teams enabled us to get our plans off the ground. They were properly involved with our buy and build, and dedicated to achieving the same goals as us.”

Rob Dilworth, CEO of Edif Group