Locations: Germany, Poland, Austria

Sectors: Mechanical engineering / Transportation technology

Key industries: Dairy industry, food production

Acquisition year: 2016

In April 2016, PMB took over 100 percent of the SCHWARTE GROUP (former ARBAprocessing). It is a leading European manufacturer and supplier of vehicle superstructures for dairy logistics as well as containers and equipment made of chromium-nickel-alloyed (CrNi) stainless steel, mainly for the dairy-processing industry. As a premium supplier, the SCHWARTE GROUP is a technological leader. The company has five locations: two in Germany, one in Poland and one in Austria. Production occurs predominantly in the two Polish factories. The company operates in a stable and medium-sized market environment with its products and solutions. One of the key competitive features of the SCHWRTE GROUP is its ability to fully equip vehicles for dairy logistics with in-house measurement, control and data technology, and to integrate these into the acceptance process and quality assurance with customers. “We see opportunities to strengthen the SCHWARTE GROUP through further acquisitions in the field of plant engineering in the food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries”, says Mario Schreiber, Member of the Board of Management of L. Possehl & Co. mbH, who is responsible for the SME business area. With the acquisition of the SCHWARTE GROUP, POSSEHL is strengthening its SME business area in the process industry. “With a turnover of over EUR 60 million, the SCHWARTE GROUP will form a mainstay of our SME investment business. We see tremendous potential for development in the future and can imagine the expansion of this group as an independent business unit in the POSSEHL Group”, says Schreiber. The current sole owner, Reinhold Barlian, is very satisfied with the sale to the POSSEHL Group. He sold his shares to PMB as part of a retirement succession scheme.

“As the founder and owner of the SCHWARTE GROUP, I am glad to be able place my company in such good hands. In particular, its long-term orientation and entrepreneurial self-understanding have given Possehl Mittelstandsbeteiligungen the advantage.”Reinhold Barlian, ehemaliger Inhaber der SCHWARTE GROUP


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