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03.08.2020, Garching near Munich

Zeppelin Group publishes sustainability report

The company presents its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) based on its sustainability goals and the development of non-financial metrics 

Garching near Munich, August 3, 2020. Under the title “Grafen hinterlassen Spuren! - Grafen leave their footprint!”, the Zeppelin Group is publishing a sustainability report for 2019.  

As a foundation-owned company, the Zeppelin Group has always been assuming responsibility towards society, its employees, business partners, and customers, and is committed to protecting the environment and the climate. Sustainability is firmly embedded in its corporate strategy in order to combine economic success with responsible action.

Zeppelin is now publishing a report on its CSR activities in 2019 which at the same time outlines the company’s progress in the frame of the UN Global Compact membership. The report (in German language) can be downloaded here on the Zeppelin website. 

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Image: Cover page “Grafen hinterlassen Spuren!“ Zeppelin Group Sustainability Report / UN Global Compact Progress Report 2019 (German language only) © Zeppelin GmbH

 

31.07.2020, Garching near Munich

Zeppelin Group confirms Labor Director Alexandra Mebus in office until June 2026

Garching near Munich, Germany, July 31 2020 The Supervisory Board of Zeppelin GmbH today extended the contract of Alexandra Mebus as Managing Director and Labor Director for five years, with effect from 1 July 2021. As a result, the HR expert‘s contract now runs until 30 June 2026.  

At its meeting on 31 July 2020, the Zeppelin Group Supervisory Board confirmed Alexandra Mebus as Managing Director and Labor Director for five years; her contract now runs until 30 June 2026. 

With entry into force of the new schedule of responsibilities for the Zeppelin Group Management Board on 1 January 2020, she continues to be responsible for Human Resources and HR Development, as well as the organization of Compliance and Data Protection and the newly created Diversity Department.

Andreas Brand, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Zeppelin GmbH, welcomes the reappointment: "With Alexandra Mebus we have a highly experienced Labor Director at the head of the Zeppelin Group. She is the driver for significant changes in the HR area, especially with regard to the topics of new work and diversity. With the contract extension, we underline our appreciation for her high level of commitment and see it as a sustainable safeguard for our foundation-owned company."

Peter Gerstmann, Chairman of the Management Board of Zeppelin GmbH: "Alexandra Mebus is a very dedicated Labor Director. She has already achieved a great deal in the past two years - for example the introduction of our Group Works Agreement for mobile working, our Z Match employee recommendation program, our employee health program with Z FIT and of course all the personal protection and occupational safety issues related to Covid-19. Her contribution has also helped Zeppelin be recognized once again as a top employer by "Stern" and "Focus" in 2020. I look forward to continuing our cooperation."

The social education graduate and MBA Alexandra Mebus is delighted about the acknowledgement of her commitment to Zeppelin GmbH: "It is a pleasure and honor for me that the Supervisory Board and the shareholders have acknowledged my work. The last two years at Zeppelin have passed very quickly and I am proud of what we have already implemented together. I look forward to other exciting projects that I can support and advance, such as the upcoming signing of the Diversity Charter in September as part of our diversity and inclusion activities. We also have a lot planned regarding the workplace of the future, various digitization topics in Human Resources as well as the topics of ensuring and developing compliance and data protection. I will continue to do my best to ensure that Zeppelin is and remains an attractive employer."

Alexandra Mebus has been working for the globally operating Zeppelin Group since 1 July 2018. Before joining Zeppelin, the 43 year-old HR expert worked in various HR management roles for companies including foundation-owned company Robert Bosch GmbH and Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG, most recently as a member of the Executive Board at Voith Turbo GmbH.

Caption: Alexandra Mebus, Managing Director and Labor Director of Zeppelin GmbH © Zeppelin GmbH

 

09.04.2020, Garching near Munich

Zeppelin Group re-confirms CFO Christian Dummler in his role for another five years

On April 2, 2020, the Supervisory Board of Zeppelin GmbH extended Christian Dummler’s contract as CFO of the Management Board by an additional five-year term (effective 1st January 2021), confirming the certified banking specialist in office up until the end of 2025.

The Supervisory Board of Zeppelin GmbH re-confirmed CFO Christian Dummler in office for an additional five-year term in its meeting on April 2, 2020.

With the new business distribution plan for the Management Board of the Zeppelin Group, effective since January 1st, 2020, Mr. Dummler will continue to be responsible for finance, controlling, real estate management and law as well as for the newly created Corporate Social Responsibility department. He has also assumed responsibility for the Power Systems strategic business unit.

Andreas Brand, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Zeppelin GmbH, welcomes the contract extension: “In Christian Dummler we have a very experienced CFO at the top of the Zeppelin Group. He drives essential innovation, especially when it comes to finance, e.g. when Zeppelin switched to the international accounting standard IFRS in the financial year 2018. The contract extension underlines our recognition of his high level of commitment, and we consider this step to be a sustainable safeguard for our foundation-owned company, whose financial situation – thanks to Mr. Dummler – is a very good and diversified one”.

Christian Dummler is pleased that his responsibility as CFO of Zeppelin GmbH was confirmed: “I am very pleased with the trust expressed with the new reappointment in these challenging times and I will continue to do everything in my power to keep the Zeppelin Group on a solid financial course. By taking over new service and distribution areas in Northern Europe, we have more than 10,000 employees worldwide by now. The Group is of considerable size and this requires sustainable finance and investment strategies, in order to keep our growth on a solid financial footing. It is a pleasure and an honor for me to be able to continue working successfully with my colleagues over the next few years. I thank the Supervisory Board and the shareholder for their trust."

Christian Dummler has been working for the global Zeppelin Group since 2003. Following various management positions, he took on the role as the Group’s CFO in 2011.

Caption: Christian Dummler, CFO of Zeppelin GmbH  © Zeppelin GmbH

03.04.2020, Garching near Munich

Zeppelin Group increases operating result again

Sales and net profit reach record highs for the third year in a row

  • Group sales: EUR 3.1 bn
  • Group earnings before taxes on income and earnings: EUR 134 m
  • Number of employees: 10,048 (FTEs as at the reporting date of December 31, 2019, including trainees and employees from acquisitions in Sweden and Denmark)
  • Group Management Board expecting further long-term growth as a result of the takeover of new distribution and service territories in northern Europe
 
 

Friedrichshafen/Garching bei München, April 3, 2020. The Zeppelin Group finished the 2019 financial year having achieved the highest revenue and the highest net profit in its 70-year history. With Group sales totaling EUR 3.1 billion (previous year: EUR 2.9 billion) and a net profit before tax of EUR 134 million (previous year: EUR 131 million), the Group has overtaken its figures from the previous year. Creditreform Rating AG increased its assessment of the company’s creditworthiness to an A rating in 2019. The total investment volume for 2019 is EUR 369 million, which includes expenditure for inorganic growth. In 2020 the Zeppelin Group expects to see a dramatic slump and a significant worsening of economic conditions arising from the coronavirus pandemic.

“2019 was a highly successful year: We had record-breaking sales, the best bauma ever, and the largest acquisition in the history of our company. All of this was only achievable by working together, and thanks to the commitment and outstanding contributions of our employees!” notes Peter Gerstmann, Chairman of the Management Board of Zeppelin GmbH. “I am very much looking forward to continuing this success with our new colleagues in northern Europe.” 

Christian Dummler, Managing Director and CFO of Zeppelin GmbH, adds: “The very positive performance enabled us to further improve our return figures, and Group debt remains at a very conservative level even following the acquisitions. The capital market environment was highly favorable in 2019, and we used the opportunity to secure our financing in the long term, taking the acquisitions into account. We are delighted to receive an improved A credit rating from Creditreform Rating AG; it makes it clear that we remain a solid, reliable business partner.”

“These outstanding results are proof positive that the Zeppelin Group is pursuing the right strategy and, above all, that it has the right employees on board. I hope that our acquisition of the additional northern Europe distribution and service territories, along with numerous new product and service innovations, will enable us to continue our successful trajectory in 2020, under the new conditions in play,” comments Andreas Brand, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Zeppelin Group.

Expansion of distribution and service territory into northern Europe

With effect from December 31, 2019, the Zeppelin Group took over responsibility for the distribution and service of Caterpillar products in Denmark, Greenland and Sweden. Zeppelin also took over service and distribution for MaK engines in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. With the takeover of sales activities in northern Europe, Zeppelin’s workforce grew to around 10,000 employees at the end of 2019. The company anticipates long-term growth potential from successful adaptation of the new markets, built on decades of experience as a Caterpillar distribution and service partner and by making use of logistical synergies. The new unit has been integrated into the existing Group structure as the Construction Equipment Nordics strategic business unit, managed by Volker Poßögel, who was previously Head of the Power Systems strategic business unit.

Development of the strategic business units

Thanks to the overall stability of the economic environment and good market positioning, all strategic business units (SBU) recorded positive development.

The Construction Equipment EU strategic business unit succeeded in further expanding its leading position on all markets, and also increased its sales and net profit compared with the previous year. The positive trend was bolstered by a favorable economic climate in the construction industry as well as sales success at bauma, the leading global construction machinery trade fair in Munich. A further expanded machine population and increased machine utilization in its sales territories meant that the SBU was able to make the best possible use of its service capacities and also grow its service business.

The Construction Equipment CIS strategic business unit increased both its sales and its net profit in the 2019 financial year. Systematic development of the spare parts and customer service business resulted in a significant increase on the previous year’s figure. There was a recovery in mining equipment business in the various countries of the region, and this contributed significantly to positive sales development and a large order backlog.

All markets relevant to the Rental strategic business unit – Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic – recorded growth, and the SBU benefited disproportionately from this growth, as sales exceeded EUR 500 million for the first time. With the acquisition of the Luther Group, Zeppelin significantly strengthened its expertise in the field of traffic safety and traffic engineering. The integration of Baustellen-Verkehrs-Technik GmbH, which was acquired in 2018, was completed successfully.

The overseas companies contributed significantly to the net profit of the Power Systems strategic business unit in 2019, with particularly high volumes of orders for new engine sales in Belarus and the Czech Republic. The expansion of service sales led in turn to an increase in revenue. Continued high demand for alternative drive systems using hybrid and LNG energy for ferries, cruise ships, and special purpose vessels helped secure several important orders as well as future sales arising from maintenance contracts. The company succeeded in placing a larger number of ballast water treatment systems in ships onto the market for the first time. Demand also remained high in the segments of power generation, large data center systems and combined heat and power plants (CHP), with the company successfully winning various major contracts.

Business for the Plant Engineering strategic business unit was muted in a number of segments and regions, on account of more challenging global economic conditions, a slowing economy in the chemicals sector, and uncertainties within the automotive industry. However, despite lower sales revenue, an improvement in profitability was achieved. In addition, the SBU succeeded in further increasing its order entry in the 2019 financial year by means of various large-scale projects in the area of plastics production systems.

Digitization

The Zeppelin Digit strategic management center was established to offer all strategic business units targeted support in relation to innovation and digitization. This cross-functional unit brings together IT, innovation, digitization, and the current Z LAB strategic business unit activities. The company Z Lab GmbH will continue in the future, as a division of Zeppelin Digit, to develop digital business models for the construction industry and the industrial sector.

The company further expanded its digital offerings for customers in 2019. This expansion ranges from the introduction of new fleet management software to the wider market launch of the zamics, klickrent and klickcheck products, which customers in the construction industry can use to simplify their internal processes or to rent out and hire machinery and equipment via an independent platform.

Outlook for the 2020 financial year

The previously forecast 2020 upturn for the global economy will not materialize. In addition to continuing trade disputes and sanctions, and the uncertainties surrounding the terms of Brexit, the coronavirus pandemic has plunged the global economy into a far-reaching crisis, the effects of which cannot yet be predicted. The massive drop in oil prices and the conflict between Russia and Saudi Arabia are also affecting our core markets. Despite the difficult business outlook, the Zeppelin Group still sees opportunities for the current financial year. The stable construction industry and additional investment in public infrastructure in Germany have mitigated the negative impact on sales and revenue that is expected to arise from the coronavirus pandemic and oil prices.

Zeppelin will focus on maintaining its leading position on the market and on further expanding its service business within the existing business areas. In northern Europe, the Group will concentrate entirely on integrating the new companies and territories served, which will create opportunities for further sales growth in the future, even if it can be assumed that the integration will add certain stress factors from a net profit perspective. In addition to the expansion and strengthening of its existing range of machinery and services, the focus will be on expanding the business to include compact machines, construction equipment and conveyor technology, as well as growing the branch network.

Zeppelin is clearly signaling its commitment to the Eurasian markets, and investing in the construction of a new headquarters in Kiev, Ukraine.

Zeppelin will counter the effects of the coronavirus pandemic by means of cost-cutting measures, adjustment of capacities and a cautious investment policy.

Key figures at a glance

 

 

2019

2018

Revenue

 

 

 

Construction Equipment EU SBU

EUR million

1,470

1,315

Construction Equipment CIS SBU

EUR million

500

482

Rental SBU

EUR million

509

473

Power Systems SBU

EUR million

392

360

Plant Engineering SBU

EUR million

332

348

Z LAB SBU

EUR million

4

1

Group total

EUR million

3,118

2,897

 

Employees (FTE as at December 31, including trainees, Zeppelin GmbH as well as 709 employees and 8 trainees from the acquisitions in Sweden and Denmark)

Group total

 

10,048

8,700

 

Cash flow from operating activities

EUR million

235.2

203.3*

Investments

EUR million

369.2

239.8

Net profit before tax

EUR million

133.7

130.8

 

SBU: Strategic business unit
All information adjusted in accordance with IFRS
*Definition adjusted 
 

Caption: Zeppelin Group Management Board: Christian Dummler (seated), Peter Gerstmann, Michael Heidemann, Alexandra Mebus (left to right).                                                                                                              © Zeppelin GmbH

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
28.02.2020, Garching near Munich

The Zeppelin Group is among Germany's top employers

Group receives accolades from Stern and Focus Business

The Zeppelin Group has again been recognized as being among the best employers in Germany in 2020, achieving impressive results in two independent rankings by Stern and Business Focus magazines.

In the "1000 Top Employers in Germany in 2020" ranking, published by Focus Business magazine in its 01/2020 edition (circulation period: February 2020), Zeppelin came in 114th in the overall assessment, and was awarded an outstanding 5th place in the Industry category. In the Stern ranking, which was published in January, Zeppelin took its position at the head of the field with the best employers in Germany, in 160th place. The company came 9th in the rail, ship and aircraft construction segment, and 10th in the mechanical and plant engineering category.

"We are over the moon about these fantastic accolades that recognize us as a top employer, and delighted that they validate the Human Resources measures and initiatives we have implemented so far. Zeppelin will continue to work hard to offer our employees the optimum environment for them to fully realize their potential. We do this in various ways, from offering further and advanced training, through health-focused programs, to support in terms of childcare or if employees are experiencing difficult family situations," comments Alexandra Mebus, Labor Director and a Managing Director at the Zeppelin Group.

In collaboration with the kununu online employer rating platform, Focus Business magazine analyzed the ratings logged there in relation to more than 900,000 companies, with the analysis considering both the ratings themselves (at least 3.0 kununu stars) and the number of ratings given. Only companies with more than 500 employees were taken into account when determining the results. Factors such as corporate culture, work environment and remuneration were included in the survey, which has now been conducted eight times.

Stern took a similar approach in its Germany's 500 Best Employers ranking, which was published in January. This rating also only looked at companies that have more than 500 employees and have their head office in Germany. 45,000 employees completed an anonymous online survey for the ranking, which Stern has compiled in collaboration with market research institute Statista for the first time. The surveyed employees rated their own company as well as other businesses in the industry. The survey addressed more than 50 points, but the key question was whether the employees would recommend their respective employer to others.

Graphics: Seal „Top Nationaler Arbeitgeber 2020“ – Focus and „Deutschlands beste Arbeitgeber 2020“ – Stern.

© Zeppelin GmbH 

07.02.2020, Friedrichshafen / Garching bei München

The Zeppelin Group Celebrates 70 Years

The foundation-owned company is marking its big 2020 anniversary with various campaigns and communications

The Zeppelin Group, founded in Friedrichshafen in 1950, has an unparalleled success story to look back on. With various campaigns and communications planned under the motto “Yesterday – Today – Tomorrow”, the foundation-owned company will be celebrating its 70th anniversary through the whole year. 

Zeppelin was founded and commercially registered in July 1950, with the name Metallwerke Friedrichshafen, as the successor company to Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH. The company started producing silos and metal containers in the same year. In 1954, the foundation-owned company partnered with US-based manufacturer Caterpillar, taking over the exclusive distribution and service of its agricultural and construction equipment in West Germany, as it was then.

“70 years of the Zeppelin Group means 70 years of success; we are proud of the commitment and innovative spirit of the people who have shaped Zeppelin and continue to shape it today. The roots of the company originate with aviation pioneer Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin, whose values, wealth of ideas, and genius for innovation remain groundbreaking to this day,” says Andreas Brand, Lord Mayor of the City of Friedrichshafen and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Zeppelin GmbH, commenting on the anniversary.

“Zeppelin has always moved with the times and responded flexibly to customer needs. We have continually expanded our portfolio of products and services, and established our position on an internationally broad basis. I’m particularly pleased that we were able to welcome colleagues to our new distribution and service territories in northern Europe at the start of this anniversary year. With a total of around 10,000 employees, the Zeppelin Group is ideally equipped to tackle future challenges and digitization,” comments Peter Gerstmann, Chairman of the Management Board of the Zeppelin Group.

Zeppelin has brought together interesting, informative, and noteworthy stories about the company, the people that have shaped it in the past, and those who are already defining its future; these stories can be found on the specially created blog at www.zeppelin70years.com, which will be updated throughout the year with new pictures, anecdotes and interesting facts.

All anniversary-related activities will be labeled with a special anniversary icon. From February 2020, many posts on the company’s social media channels (LinkedIn, Xing, Twitter and Instagram) will be added with the hashtag #weare70.

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Picture 1: Zeppelin’s first office building in Garching (Graf-Zeppelin-Str.), which was built at the end of the 1960s and was in use until 2007. (The picture dates back to 1986).

© Zeppelin GmbH / Bavaria Luftbild

03.01.2020, Garching near Munich

Zeppelin Group Now Also Represented in Northern Europe

Takeover of the distribution and service of Cat products in Sweden, Denmark and Greenland, as well as distribution and service of MaK engines in the Baltic region, Finland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands by the Zeppelin Group has been approved by the supervisory authorities

The Zeppelin Group continues to expand, and is developing its partnership with Caterpillar. On 01/01/2020, Zeppelin has also taken over the distribution and service of machines and components by the US American construction machine manufacturer Caterpillar in Sweden, Denmark and Greenland. The portfolio also includes drive, propulsion, traction, and energy systems, as well as machine and equipment rental. For the engine brand MaK, in addition to Sweden, Denmark and Greenland, the Zeppelin Group is also taking over distribution and service for engines and energy generators in the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), Finland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. The transaction has been approved by the European supervisory authorities.

Zeppelin is pursuing a solid, long-term growth strategy, and sees a lot of potential in the new distribution and service territories. The machine population will be consistently expanded in these markets, and the spare parts and service business will be strengthened with an excellent service concept. Another focus is the development of a strong rental organization as well as the advancement of the used machines business.

“We are looking forward to continuing the success story of the Zeppelin Group with our new northern European colleagues and our long-standing partner Caterpillar. We will now also offer customized solutions for our customers in northern Europe,” commented Peter Gerstmann, Chairman of the Management Board at Zeppelin GmbH, upon successful completion of the transaction.

Andreas Brand, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Zeppelin GmbH and Mayor of the City of Friedrichshafen, continues: “The success of Zeppelin is based on the motivation and passion of its employees. This has made the Zeppelin Group the world’s largest and most successful distribution and service partner for Caterpillar.”

As part of the contractual arrangements, the assets necessary for business activities will be transferred from the Dutch consortium Pon to Zeppelin.
Existing employment relationships with the approximately 800 Pon employees will also be taken over by Zeppelin.

As part of the expansion, the Zeppelin Group will also be rearranging its Strategic Business Units (SBUs). In the new distribution and service territories, construction and mining equipment will be managed in a separate SBU under the name Construction Equipment Nordics. Management of this SBU and of the new group companies in Sweden and Denmark will be taken over by Volker Poßögel, who was previously manager of the Power Systems business unit.

In addition to the distribution and service partnership with Caterpillar, Zeppelin will also integrate the SITECH companies in Sweden and Denmark. They specialize in the distribution and service of products by the US technology company Trimble. Trimble is the leading manufacturer of machine controls, GPS navigation systems and fleet management systems worldwide, offering both hardware and software for construction planning and managing integrated construction processes.

Another component of the transaction is that Baltic Marine Contractors (BMC), based in Tallinn, Estonia, and currently part of Pon, will be transferred to Zeppelin. This company bundles the distribution and service activities for the brand MaK, under which premium marine engines and large gas engines for energy production are offered. In the future, Zeppelin will manage the distribution and service of these motors not only in Sweden, Denmark and Greenland, but also in the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania), Finland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands.

US company Caterpillar Inc. is the leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives in the world. Caterpillar sells its products in different countries and regions via independent sales and service partners (dealerships).

Zeppelin has been active in the distribution and service of Caterpillar construction and mining equipment, as well as Cat and MaK engines, since 1954. Over the years, the Group has continuously expanded its sales and service territory as well as its portfolio of products and services. Today, Zeppelin offers these products and services not only in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, but also in much of the Russian Federation, in Ukraine, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Armenia and Belarus. 

18.12.2019, Garching near Munich

The Zeppelin Group appoints new Head of the Power Systems business unit

Ralf Großhauser takes over as Head of the Zeppelin Group’s Power Systems strategic business unit. Volker Poßögel becomes Head of the Construction Equipment Nordics strategic business unit

Ralf Großhauser has taken on the Chairmanship of the Management Board of Zeppelin Power Systems GmbH & Co. KG and associated management of the Zeppelin Group Power Systems strategic business unit (SBU). He succeeds Volker Poßögel, who will be managing the newly set-up Construction Equipment Nordics strategic business unit, as soon as business handover is complete.

Ralf Großhauser took over the management of the Power Systems strategic business unit (SBU) as well as the Chairmanship of the Zeppelin Power Systems GmbH & Co, KG Management Board from Volker Poßögel on November 1, 2019. His many years of experience in the engines product area, the development of market and company strategies, and in the management of independent business sectors serve as fantastic preparation for his new role.

Zeppelin has been accepted by Caterpillar to take responsibility for the distribution and service of Cat products in Sweden, Denmark, and Greenland, and will be taking over business activities there with effect from January 1, 2020. This expansion of the distribution and service territory means that the strategic business units (SBUs) within the Zeppelin Group will be reconfigured. In future, all activities relating to construction and mining equipment for the companies in Sweden and Denmark will be brought together in the Construction Equipment Nordics strategic business unit. Volker Poßögel will take over management of the new strategic business unit, and will also become Chair of the Management Board of the new Group companies in Sweden and Denmark. As a result, upon completion of business handover, he will bear responsibility for the distribution and service of Caterpillar products in Sweden, Denmark, and Greenland.

Mr. Poßögel (57) has already been employed at the Zeppelin Group since 2002, and has significantly contributed to the establishment and expansion of Power Systems’ activities as well as its internationalization. He has been managing the Power Systems strategic business unit since 2010, and has greatly developed the unit through measures including its strategic alignment as a solutions provider; a focus on service business; and stepping up collaboration with Caterpillar. For the industry, marine, rail applications, and power generation segments, as well as the oil and gas industry, extraordinarily successful orders have been achieved under his management.

Ralf Großhauser (49) holds two degrees, in engineering and business administration. Before his move to Zeppelin, Mr. Großhauser worked as a spokesperson for the management (CEO) at tegimus holding GmbH (Thermamax Group), as well as holding various positions at MAN Energy Solutions SE. There, his responsibilities included managing the turbocharger segment for many years. His achievements in the role included the introduction of four new product series, expansion of the service network, and increasing new-build sales within just a few years.

 

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Photo caption: Volker Poßögel (left) and Ralf Großhauser (right)

© Zeppelin GmbH

26.09.2019, Garching near Munich

The Zeppelin Group on course for growth

The Zeppelin Group on course for growth

Zeppelin takes over distribution and service of Cat products in Sweden, Denmark and Greenland, as well as distribution and services for MaK engines in the Baltic states, Finland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands

Garching near Munich, September 26, 2019. The Zeppelin Group is advancing its cooperation with Caterpillar. Zeppelin is set to take over the distribution and service of Cat construction equipment and special equipment for surface and underground mining in Sweden and Denmark (including Greenland). The portfolio also includes drive, propulsion, traction, and energy systems, as well as machine and equipment rental. The Group is additionally taking over distribution and service for the MaK engine brand in the Baltic states, Finland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. The transaction will take place subject to the consent of the European antitrust authorities. 

Caterpillar is set to appoint Zeppelin with the responsibility to cover the service territories of Sweden, Denmark and Greenland for Cat construction and mining equipment, as well as of Cat and MaK engines. 

Previously the Dutch Pon group has been covering those territories as a Cat dealer. Pon will continue to be the Cat dealer in the Netherlands, as well as in Norway, and will concentrate its resources and activity on these two markets. Pon and Zeppelin have agreed that the assets of Pon’s previous business operations in Sweden and Denmark will be migrated to the Zeppelin Group, subject to the antitrust authorities giving regulatory approval.

The takeover will happen in the context of an “asset deal” between Pon and Zeppelin. This means that those of Pon’s assets that are required for the transaction – such as land, buildings, machinery, patents, contracts etc. – will be transferred to Zeppelin. In addition, Pon employees’ existing employment relationships will migrate to Zeppelin, ensuring a seamless handover.

“We are proud that Caterpillar has expressed its confidence in us, and that we will be able to operate in additional countries. We will be offering our entire portfolio of new and used machines, service and spare parts in our new territories, as well as our equipment rental and service solutions package. We also offer the right products and services for the mining industry in the north of Sweden. Our experts have plenty of experience that enables them to capably meet the specific challenges of the mining business, as in the CIS countries, Zeppelin has been very successfully looking after customers in the raw material extraction sector for over twenty years. We see a lot of potential in these new markets, and we are pursuing a long-term growth strategy. We are sure that we will win over our clients in the new territories with our range of products and services,” Peter Gerstmann, Chairman of the Management Board of Zeppelin GmbH, said, commenting on the transaction.

Andreas Brand, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Zeppelin GmbH, added: “Zeppelin is already one of Caterpillar’s biggest and most successful distribution and service partners worldwide. This trust-based cooperation, as well as Zeppelin’s experience in opening up international markets, is an excellent starting point from which to continue the success story of our foundation-owned company, and to achieve further growth.”

Alongside its sales and service partnership with Caterpillar, in Sweden and Denmark Zeppelin will also take over the SITECH companies, which specialize in the distribution and service of products from the American Trimble technology group. Trimble is the leading manufacturer of machine controls, GPS navigation systems and fleet management systems worldwide, offering both hardware and software for construction planning and for managing integrated construction processes.

Another element of the transaction is the takeover of assets related to the distribution and service operations for MaK engines – not only in Sweden, Denmark and Greenland, but also in the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania), Finland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. To facilitate this, Zeppelin will also acquire Baltic Marine Contractor (BMC), headquartered in Tallinn, Estonia, from Pon. MaK is one of the leading brands of premium marine engines and generators, as well as gas engines for power generation. You can find MaK engines in cruise ships, ferries, cargo ships, barges, offshore facilities, tugboats and recovery vessels, cutters and dredgers. The MaK brand also belongs to the Caterpillar Group. MaK engines are manufactured in Kiel and Rostock.

US-based company Caterpillar Inc. is the leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives in the world. Caterpillar sells its products in different countries and regions via independent distribution and service partners (dealerships).

Zeppelin has been active in the sales and service of Cat construction and mining equipment, as well as Cat and MaK engines, since 1954. Over the years, the Group has continuously expanded its geographic responsibilities as well as its portfolio of products and services. Today, Zeppelin offers these products and services not only in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, but also in much of the Russian Federation, in Ukraine, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Armenia and Belarus.

05.09.2019, Garching near Munich

Zeppelin Group acquires Luther Group

Zeppelin Group will acquire 100 percent of the shares in Luther Group, comprising Luther HL and METON, retroactively from January 1, 2019. As part of the acquisition, Zeppelin will transfer 100 employees to its Rental strategic business unit – a move that will support the company in strengthening its expertise in solutions in the areas of traffic guidance and transport technology.  

Luther HL and METON are leading providers in technology for traffic telematics solutions, LED signage, and mobile protective barrier systems, as well as assembly systems for transport facilities. They have extensive experience in the development and production of trend-setting traffic guidance technologies. In addition, they are established as a certified traffic safety company on motorways, federal roads, and in urban areas in Rhineland-Palatinate/Saarland and the adjacent federal states.

Zeppelin Rental itself has well-founded expertise in site and traffic guidance. Closing this regional gap takes the company one important step further in the expansion of its activities throughout Germany. Furthermore, Zeppelin Rental is strengthening its expert know-how and capacity for innovation in mobile traffic management, and is expanding its range of services relating to the development, production and Europe-wide sales of traffic guidance technologies. Customers benefit from in-house production – not only from innovative products but also a significantly increased level of flexibility, which is a critical factor for success in major, technology-intense projects.

“Luther HL and METON are ideal additions to our portfolio and expand our range of services and depth of added value significantly,” says Arne Severin, Head of the Rental SBU and Chair of the Management Board of Zeppelin Rental GmbH. “Increasing traffic levels and digitalization of transport infrastructure already necessitate intelligent dynamic solutions – a development that will continue to increase as a result of trends such as smart city, autonomous driving, connected cars, and big data. As a leader in technology, I believe that our role in all of this is to decisively shape the future of mobile traffic guidance and management, and to continue to meet the future requirements of our customers with innovative mobile traffic telematics and sensor solutions.”

Traffic telematics and sensors make an important contribution to road safety as well as to the reduction or prevention of traffic jams. A broad spectrum of technologies for the optimal sharing of information with drivers also plays an important role in the reduction of environmental pollution. These technologies can be used, for example, for monitoring height or weight restrictions on bridge constructions, congestion warnings, hazard signaling, and displaying information, for diversions or load-dependent variable traffic routing with lane signaling.

As part of the acquisition, Zeppelin Rental takes over three sites: Hoppstädten-Weiersbach in Germany, Levoča in the Slovak Republic, and Tuchoměřice in the Czech Republic. The business operations of the companies will continue under the established names. Luther HL GmbH & Co. KG and METON GmbH are wholly owned subsidiaries of Zeppelin Rental GmbH, while Levotec s.r.o. and METON s.r.o. remain subsidiaries of Luther HL and METON.

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Picture source: METON GmbH / Luther HL GmbH & Co. KG

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By acquiring Luther Group, Zeppelin is strengthening its expert know-how and capacity for innovation in mobile traffic management