The 2016 financial year was outstandingly successful for Peter Huber Kältemaschinenbau AG. As well as recording double-digit growth rates the company was exceptionally successful by any other measure. For instance Huber was acclaimed as best employer and a top 100 innovator and received the Grand Prix for Medium-Sized Companies along with the Environmental Award of the State of Baden-Wurttemberg.
Chairman of the Board Daniel Huber is pleased with the successes: “The goal of becoming the innovation and technology leader for highly-precise temperature control is what drives us forward. The development of our company demonstrates that the investments and the strategic orientation were just right. Our philosophy is: ‘We do not have to be one of the biggest, but we want to be the best!“ Our entire product portfolio and the numerous customised special solutions are attuned to this corporate philosophy. For example, our technical expertise is based on our core disciplines of thermodynamics and microelectronics. We conduct basic research in these areas (also in cooperation with the Offenburg and Karlsruhe Universities) and develop optimised and sustainable solutions for customers around the world.”
Expansion in new markets
Huber’s market growth at is being supported by doubling the production capacity at the Offenburg production site. Construction work on new production facilities and an administration building have already started. Furthermore, the Supervisory Board of Peter Huber Kältemaschinenbau AG agreed to and adopted the suggestion of the Board to acquire the company “Van-der-Heijden Labortechnik GmbH”.
With the acquisition of the Dörentrup (North Rhine-Westphalia) based manufacturer of circulation coolers and system separators (water-water heat exchangers), the product range at Huber has been expanded once again. Van-der-Heijden Labortechnik GmbH has established itself particularly in the cooling of analytical instruments and systems and has a global client base. Along with an extensive range of high-grade standard products, Van-der-Heijden’s particular strength lies in the area of special designs. Customers are provided with comprehensive advice and individual configurations or customised solutions to master their temperature control tasks.
Daniel Huber explains why Van-der-Heijden Labortechnik GmbH is such a good choice: “Their product portfolio complements the portfolio of our group. In analytics and when it comes down to the cost-effective dissipation of process heat, Van-der-Heijden is already one of the best. The products are of high-quality and have been successfully placed on the market. The operations buildings are functional, based on ecological principles and are in great condition. The company was founded more than 40 years ago and is successful in the market - a generational transition is imminent. The chemistry is right: The people and the corporate philosophies fit each other.”
The former CEO and company owner Christoph Plagens will continue to support the firm for another 3-4 years as the mentor and sales manager. Mirko Laskowski and Andrej Kepler have been appointed as the new CEOs. Both have been working in Van-der-Heijden in responsible positions so they are thoroughly familiar with the company.
Daniel Huber continues: “We are pleased to be able to integrate Van-der-Heijden Labortechnik into our group. The company will maintain its own identity and continue to operate independently in the market. The acquisition offers new opportunities in markets and sectors that we have not served up to now.”