Dellner Group Buys Leading German Crane Brake Maker

Sweden’s Dellner Group, with its subsidiary Dellner Brakes, has signed an agreement to acquire German industrial braking manufacturer Pintsch Bubenzer in a deal both companies say that will pave the way for their rapid global expansion.

The acquisition is being carried out in partnership with investment company Active Ownership Capital and comes just four months after Dellner Brakes acquired U.S. brake and clutch company Gummi USA. The Swedish company has said its ambition is to become the world’s leading supplier of brakes and related power transmission products.

Pintsch Bubenzer is a globally leading manufacturer of brakes for harbor container cranes and has around 300 employees. Dellner Brakes and Pintsch Bubenzer will continue to operate both brands from their existing locations.

The enlarged group plans to open several new offices around the world over the next 12 months.

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Dellner Brakes CEO Marcus Aberg said: “This acquisition is a strategic decision and marks the start of a new era for our organization. It will facilitate major global expansion for both companies and will also enable us to build the Dellner Brakes and Pintsch Bubenzer brands in the industrial market sector. This is the ideal match for us—Dellner Brakes is a key player in the marine braking market and, with Pintsch Bubenzer’s industrial prowess and leading position in the container cranes brake system market, our two companies complement each other perfectly. We certainly have an exciting future ahead.”

Wide Range Of Applications

Both companies operate globally, offering braking products for a range of applications including materials and container handling, industrial automation, ports and shipping, mining, wind energy, oil and gas. The companies share a strong focus on innovation, technological leadership, high quality products and customer service, and both offer bespoke, tailor made solutions alongside their standard product ranges.

Dellner Brakes has pioneered the ground-breaking “stopping, turning, locking” system, including a world-first, patent-pending all electric version. Notable products from Pintsch Bubenzer include its new, patented BUEL electro-hydraulic thruster.

Pintsch Bubenzer CEO Markus Topp said: “We are delighted to become part of such an ambitious, well-respected company as Dellner. Together we will continue to develop our companies to the benefit of our customers, our suppliers and our employees. This partnership provides a strong and stable platform from which to realize our full growth potential. We look forward to driving the business forward to achieve our expansion goals and serve our global customer base with an even wider product and service portfolio.”

Formed in the 1960s, Dellner Brakes AB has its headquarters, manufacturing and innovation center in Borlange, Sweden. It also has a major facility in Houston, Texas, and sales offices in the Netherlands and China. The company employs 26 people and is part of the Dellner group, which has more than 700 employees worldwide.

Dellner Brakes’ core product range includes hydraulic and electric disc brakes, turning and locking devices and, through the Dellner Gummi USA brand, pneumatic drum brakes and clutches, shaft couplings and rotary unions.

Pintsch Bubenzer designs and produces hydraulic, pneumatic and electromagnetically powered disc, band, drum and motor integrated brakes, along with actuators and other accessories. Specific applications for container handling cranes include wheel, rail and chassis brakes; monitoring, control and anti-snag systems; buffers and couplings.