The ZPF Group continues to expand. In order to further develop its system leadership with regard to the heating, melting and puring of aluminium, the ZPF holding company has invested in three key areas.
First, a majority stake was acquired in Foundry 4 ThermDos GmbH, which in future will operate under the name ZPF Foundry4 GmbH. The company stands for innovation and expertise in foundry technology. Core competence is the product ThermDos, a dosing furnace for aluminium, which is used in die-casting, sand casting and gravity casting.
Another area of investment is in Asia. Having this spring in a first step opened a ZPF-branch in Shanghai, in the summer the course was set to establish its own production facility in China by the end of 2011. All significant management positions are already occupied. "We hired a set team of ten in China, taking care to attract only local staff," explains Holger Gross, managing director of ZPF Holding. The production company in the Far East will have its own market responsibility and, along with supplying China, also supplying such neighbouring countries as Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Philippines with the furnace units of ZPF.
The third area in which ZPF Holding is investing concerns the expansion of service activities. Under the name ZPF Services GmbH the entire customer service section was transferred into a separate company. The company is located a few kilometres from the headquarters of ZPF Holding/ZPF Therm in Heilbronn. In the future all units will be controlled from here, with customers being supplied with spare parts from this location. The support of the local service teams, which are represented worldwide, will also be from Heilbronn.
ZPF Holding's main shareholder is DZ Equity Partner GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of DZ Bank. Olivier Weddrien, CEO of DZEP, supports the course of ZPF: “Our commitment to ZPF will be longterm. Because the investments at DZEP are non- unit-linked, we see ourselves as a reliable partner to fully accompany the growth strategy of ZPF that has been initiated."
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