Despite indications of an impending economic crisis, all signs still point to growth for Berghof in 2020. It didn’t take the company long to add yet another addition to its group, and the integration process is in full swing. As of January 1st, 2020, the Berghof group of companies headquartered in Eningen, Germany, has acquired Gigahertz-Optik GmbH, which is located in the bavarian city Tuerkenfeld near to Munich. By this the Berghof Group grows from five to six subsidiaries and from eight to nine business units.
For over 30 years, Gigahertz-Optik has been successful in delivering metrological solutions for optical radiation for industrial applications, both nationally and internationally. In preparation for their impending retirement, the two founders and previous owners Wolfgang Daehn (second from right) and Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Anton Gugg-Helminger (second from left) have been searching for a strong new ‟home‟ for their company to make sure that their life’s work will be in good hands, and that it continues to prosper and grow. ‟Therefore we are more than happy that we have reached an agreement for the purchase of our company with our partner of choice‟, said Mr. Daehn and Mr. Gugg-Helminger with pride. In addition, the corporate cultures of both organizations blend perfectly together with their strong focus technology and their large groups of engineers.
The founders will spearhead the company’s integration under the Berghof Group umbrella until their retirement. Frank Reißmann has been appointed as the new CEO, bringing more than 25 years of leadership experience from the fields of photonics, optics, measurement technology and technical ceramics. The entire team, along with the company‘s headquarters in Tuerkenfeld will remain intact.
With this strategic new addition to the group, Berghof is sending a clear message that the group will place much more focus on the field of photonics than ever before. For the Berghof Group, this field is interesting for three reasons: first, Berghof Fluoroplastics Technology GmbH is one of the leading manufacturers of high-performance optical materials based on Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). Second, optical measurement devices play a key role in the laboratory industry, the playground of Berghof Products + Instruments GmbH. And third these systems are one of the key technologies in the field of autonomous driving, which in turn brings the Testing unit of Berghof Automation GmbH into play.
‟With the acquisition of Gigahertz-Optik the Berghof Group expands its product portfolio in the field of optical measurement to include light meters, spectroradiometers and other optical measurement systems as well as related recalibration services‟, Dr.-Ing. Bernd Arnold (far right) and Heinz-Uwe Vogel, CEO and CFO of the Berghof Group, are pleased. The integration of Gigahertz-Optik into the Berghof Group is already in full swing. Cross-functional teams are already working on their first joint projects.
The family-owned Berghof technology company, founded in 1966 and headquartered in Eningen, Germany, has been synonymous with intensive knowledge exchange across a variety of disciplines. This collaborative approach is expressed today in the idea of the ‟Innovation Hub‟, by which the staff live and breathe a workforce of nearly 400 professionals across nine business units. The Berghof Group serves numerous growing markets like photonics, water reuse and eMobility with plans for further growth in 2020 to reach sales revenues of about 65 million Euros.
Not only did we have plenty of bright sunshine, there were also plenty of bright faces and opportunities for both young & old to let their hair down.