We are expanding our portfolio by acquiring further hidden champions - both in those sectors in which we have already invested and in those which we now describe as future-oriented sectors. True to our business model, these are also companies that manufacture engineer-driven niche products, have their own added value and a high level of technical expertise.
As industries of the future, we have our sights set on them:
• Automation and measuring technology and control engineering
• Construction and safety technology
• Medical engineering / life science
• Technology for infrastructure / logistics
• Energy and environmental technology
The global transport volume is multiplying rapidly as the world is growing increasingly closer together. Road, rail and air transport volumes are rising each year. Besides the transport service proper, more and more networking challenges need to be solved, and the complex transport tasks can no longer be mastered without intelligent logistics in the background. Take parcel deliveries, for instance – with more and more people shopping on the Internet, someone must deliver these goods to the customers. It is above all innovative SMEs which have started to occupy this niche.
Automation, measurement and control technology
Innovative technological developments are the strength of Germany’s manufacturing companies. Having started decades ago, the trend towards the automation of industrial production will continue unabated. As information technology and traditional automation technology become increasingly integrated – which is already being referred to as “the next industrial revolution” by many, also known as “Industry 4.0” – automation is certainly one of the global technologies of the future. In this market, too, Germany is one of the leading players behind China, the USA and Japan.
Energy and environmental engineering
As policy-makers continue to push forward with the energy transition, the environmental sector is growing increasingly dynamically. There can be no doubt that we will be able to find attractive specialists with an appetite for new developments in this sector, which is clearly dominated by small and medium-sized enterprises.
Medical engineering and life science
Worldwide demand for healthcare services and, consequently, for medical engineering products is increasing strongly. In emerging markets such as Brazil, China and India, the growing populations and fast-rising per-capita incomes have sent demand for medical technology rising. In these countries as well as in Eastern Europe, healthcare services will continue to improve noticeably. But our German home market is no less attractive, given the ongoing demographic change and the improving quality of life. Together with the USA, Germany’s medical engineering sector is at the forefront of the world market. This makes for an excellent environment in which our Group should easily find fitting candidates.