KEBA Takes Over Dutch Automation Company

The Austrian automation specialist expands its position in the automation sector

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The Austrian automation specialist KEBA, which has its headquarters in Linz/Austria, has acquired a majority holding in DELEM B.V., a company based in the city of Eindhoven/Netherlands. DELEM is a leading player in the automation for the sheet metal machinery market. The contract for this acquisition was signed on February 26, 2013. So KEBA has greatly strengthened its position in the automation field and enters a new sector of industry sector.

DELEM B.V., which was founded in 1976, is the technological leader in the sheet metal machinery automation area.

And as Gerhard Luftensteiner, the KEBA AG CEO states: "We are delighted to have acquired DELEM, as it is a company that possesses extensive experience and excellent know-how in press brake automation and supplies outstanding solutions which are relied upon by leading machine manufacturers around the world."

DELEM is a global player and has an excellent market position especially in Asia. The company is highly successful businesswise with sales revenues in the past financial year of EUR 14,8 million (31.12.2012). At present, it has a workforce of 47. Details are available under www.delem.com

Some years ago, DELEM's founders and stockholders withdrew from the active side of the business and handed over the operational management to an experienced team. Within the scope of the stockholder successor plan that has now been implemented, KEBA had an opportunity to purchase shares and thus become the new majority owner.

Within the KEBA Group, DELEM will continue to be an independent company and operations will remain in the hands of the management team.

With KEBA, DELEM can open up an additional range of products and technologies to its customers.

Eddie Draaisma, the DELEM CEO, stresses that: "We are extremely pleased to have KEBA as our new owner, as we know that we share a common philosophy of innovation and closeness to the customer. This means that DELEM's further development can be actively pursued."

As Gerhard Luftensteiner, the KEBA CEO explains: "As a consequence of the DELEM takeover, KEBA's industrial automation business area, which currently covers the plastics, robotics, packaging and mobile operation/ HMI (Human Machine Interface) segments will grow to include sheet metal working and thereby considerably strengthen its market position. KEBA is thus continuing its systematic internationalization process, which involves both expansion and the foundation of new subsidiaries."
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