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March 14, 2014

Kreisel strengthens its position in southern Germany

Gerald Ondrey

On February 15, 2014, Kreisel GmbH & Co. KG (Krauschwitz, Germany; took over the business of the insolvent Schäffer Verfahrenstechnik GmbH & Co. KG in Thierhaupten near Augsburg.

The approximately 30 employees will retain their jobs in the newly founded Schäffer Verfahrenstechnik GmbH. In this way, the planning, design and manufacturing of sophisticated bulk material mountings and power units can be continued at the Thierhaupten location. Management is run by Mario Sonntag. Until now, the Diplom-Betriebswirt (Diploma in business administration) has been head of Purchasing and Materials Management at Kreisel's headquarters in Krauschwitz.

Since 1981, the Bavarian bulk material specialist Schäffer-Verfahrenstechnik has been known for the production of high-quality components, for the German-speaking market in particular. Unfortunately, the family enterprise was not able to compensate the effects of the global economic and financial crisis and, as a consequence, had to declare insolvency in November 2013. Within the scope of the following investor process, Kreisel was successful in convincing the insolvency administrators and creditors and the founding family Schäffer and employees with the best concept for a rehabilitating takeover.

In the long term, Kreisel is making plans in Thierhaupten. “The Schäffer-products, among other things screw feeders and lump breakers, are a suitable supplement and extension of our product range”, says Kreisel managing director Wolfram Kreisel. “ This location allows us to strengthen our distribution network and optimize our service in the south of Germany.”


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