26.04.13

Invision is new majority shareholder of Kraft & Bauer

Invision AG, a leading Swiss investment company, is acquiring a majority shareholding in Kraft & Bauer Brandschutzsysteme GmbH (K&B) as part of a succession process. Mr Klaus Bauer will remain an important shareholder of K&B.

LEADING PROVIDER OF OBJECT FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS IN GERMANY

K&B is Germany’s leading manufacturer of object fire protection systems, in particular for machine tools. Through the early recognition and suffocation of flames, explosions and seats of fire, the fire protection systems of K&B protect machines and buildings against fire damage. Its customers include leading machine manufacturers as well as internationally known industrial enterprises. K&B advises its customers on the selection of a suitable fire protection system, installs the system, services and checks the system regularly, and certifies its functional performance.

GROWTH THROUGH INTERNATIONALISATION

Frank Becker, Managing Partner of Invision, sees great potential for growth: “Thanks to its technological and cost leadership, Kraft & Bauer is the clear market leader in Germany. We now want to strengthen the company’s international focus and meet the growing demand for object fire protection systems in the neighbouring countries. With its combination of technology and service, K&B is an excellent fit for the Invision portfolio.”

PERFECT SUCCESSION SOLUTION

For Klaus Bauer, Invision provided the perfect solution to the company’s succession: “After 24 years with the company I naturally have very strong bonds with our customers, suppliers and employees. Invision took a flexible and sensitive approach to our concerns and within a short time proposed and implemented the ideal solution for all parties.” Klaus Bauer will initially continue to manage the company as before, while the management structure will be successively broadened to spur the company’s planned growth.

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