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