At the beginning of 2013, ebm-papst acquired drive manufacturer Zeitlauf. This strengthened the company’s “Industrial drive engineering” business area and now provides the possibility of being able to offer complete systems. “The acquisition will enable us to offer optimised drive solutions consisting of the motor, gearbox and software-supported control technology in future,” explains Rainer Hundsdörfer, Chairman of the Board of Managing Directors of the ebm-papst Group. “Zeitlauf is therefore strategically important for us because it complements our system expertise in the field of drive engineering, strengthening our company’s location at St. Georgen.”
The Managing Director of the location also sees it this way: “This is a clear and correct step into the future,” emphasises Dirk Schallock. “We are very happy about this acquisition, which grows out of our good long-term business relationship.” The specialist for industrial gearboxes, based in the German city of Lauf in the Franconia region, produces planetary gears, spur gears and angular gears with a staff of 280 employees. The company achieved a turnover of around 33 million EUR in 2012. The two companies had co-operated successfully even before the acquisition.