GPS: Understanding what the market needs

2016-02-20 | Company news

GPS, a globally operating supplier of IS machines, spare parts and services, has become independent. With effect from 1 January 2016, current GPS Managing Director Rolf Themann and two partners have acquired the company in a management buyout.

Rolf Themann, Managing Director and new owner of GPS with a new IS machine at the GPS plant in Essen. Photo: gps
“As an independent, medium-sized German engineering company, we’ll be able to respond more flexibly to market demands”, says Rolf Themann. The 47-year-old was born in Winterthur, Switzerland to German parents, studied Mechanical Engineering, then gained his MBA in Zug and Geneva. After 11 years as Technical Director and Managing Director at Sklostroj in the Czech Republic, he joined GPS at the beginning of this year. In the following interview, the new owner explains what will stay, what will change, and what the industry can expect from GPS in future. Klaus Rudolph, former Executive Chairman of GPS, explains the reasons for the sale.

(Klaus Rudolph, CFO of Saint-Gobain Oberland AG and previously Executive Chairman of GPS, left, in
conversation with Rolf Themann, Managing Director and new owner of GPS)

Glass Machinery Plants & Accessories: Mr. Themann, you’re the Managing Director of GPS and now the new owner. How will the management buyout affect the company?
Themann: Well, for our workforce it means saying goodbye to a certain level of security the Saint-Gobain group provided. On the other hand, we’ll have more business freedom. That means fresh opportunities. As a medium-sized enterprise, we’ll be able to take our own decisions and achieve more for ourselves.

GMP&A: So why was Saint-Gobain Oberland prepared to let GPS go, Mr. Rudolph?
Rudolph: We’re confident GPS can develop much better as an independent outfit. It doesn’t need to be part of a large group. I’d say ...


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