As of 01 Jan. 2013 Künkel-Wagner Prozesstechnologie GmbH in Alfeld, Germany have taken over SM-Stahl GmbH as well as BES GmbH, both situated in Dürbheim, Baden-Wuerttemberg province, Germany.
With these two acquisitions Künkel-Wagner as the global leaders in the field of foundry equipment and moulding plants are expanding their activities to the field of finishing of cast and aluminum parts. Usually, fettling, grinding and polishing are still performed manually. In the future, Künkel-Wagner will be able to offer their customers automated solutions for the finishing department ensuring a product quality ready for dispatch. Moreover, an automated finishing process will guarantee a uniform quality.
SM-Stahl GmbH is one of the pioneers in the sector of fettling, grinding and polishing technology both for manual production as well as for fully automated solutions. Because of their flexibility and in-house design of robot units SM-Stahl Gmbh are able to offer versatile packages for process solutions and special requirements which cannot only be used in foundry industry, but also in automotive industry, in engineering industry, in medical engineering as well as in jewelry industry and in watch and clock industry. The company was established in Dürbheim 40 years ago and has about 70 employees.
BES GmbH design and manufacture switchgear systems and automated engineering solutions for special machines and large-scale plants, such as complete dust extraction plants. Their scope of supply also comprises process control systems for innovative, user-specific plant visualization solutions for all sectors of industry. The company was established in 1990 and has about 60 employees.
Both companies have been merged and incorporated as Künkel-Wagner Stahl GmbH.
Helmut Specker, former owner of both companies and new managing director of Künkel-Wagner Stahl GmbH: „This strategic sale of both companies to Künkel-Wagner Prozesstechnologie GmbH will offer the chance of marketing our products around the world and will open the door to the world leader’s customers in the foundry industry. The product ranges of the companies perfectly complement each other.´´
Georg Blinn, managing director of Künkel-Wagner Prozesstechnologie GmbH: „ The acquisition of SM Stahl GmbH and BES GmbH means an expansion of our product range so that we will now be able to offer solutions to our customers even in the field of casting finishing. Moreover, with the new manufacturing programme we will be in a position to capture new markets beyond the foundry industry.