Komptech becomes part of Hirtenberger Group

Lower Austrian Hirtenberger Group acquires majority stake in Styrian environmental tech specialist


Press Release, March 25, 2015

Frohnleiten/Hirtenberg - Hirtenberger Group located in Hirtenberg south of Vienna has acquired a majority share in the Komptech Group in Frohnleiten (Styria). This is Hirtenberger’s first move into environmental technology.

“Adding sustainable, environment-saving technologies was an important goal in expanding our business portfolio,”

said Hirtenberger CEO Dr. Stefan Odenthal.

“The acquisition of Komptech supports our sustainable growth strategy,”

stressing the long-term nature of Hirtenberger’s planning horizon and business approach. No information was provided concerning the purchase price.

Komptech is prepared for the future

Styrian environmental technology specialist Komptech is the world market leader in its fields.

“Hirtenberger’s involvement substantially strengthens our equity capital base, so that we are well prepared for the future,”

said Komptech CEO Dr. Heinz Leitner. The machine manufacturer, whose founder and owner Ing. Josef Heissenberger succumbed to a fatal accident in September of 2014, has grown steadily in recent years.

“In the last several years we have made large investments in the development of new products and the expansion of our production locations. Now we have to further roll out our innovative solutions to the world market,”

Leitner continued.

“A real win-win situation”

Komptech adds to the Hidden Champion portfolio of the Hirtenberger Group.

“We’re convinced that we will benefit from numerous synergies,”

said Leitner of what he described as a win-win situation for both companies.

“With Komptech we can significantly strengthen our entire group in the coming years,”

added Odenthal. Hirtenberger has acquired 80 percent of the shares of the Komptech Group.

About Komptech GmbH

Komptech GmbH is the world market leader in machines for mechanical and biological waste treatment and for processing woody waste for use as a renewable energy resource. The company has locations in Frohnleiten (Austria), Ljutomer (Slovenia) and Oelde (Germany). The company has revenues of 100 million euros, with about 560 employees. CEO is Dr. Heinz Leitner.

About Hirtenberger AG

With core competences in metals and pyrotechnics, Hirtenberger AG is active worldwide in various business fields, primarily automotive safety. The company history extends back over 150 years. Since 1996 the company has been owned by the family of Dr. Helmut Schuster. With over 1000 employees, the Hirtenberger Group makes revenues of around 100 million euros. Group CEO is Dr. Stefan Odenthal.


Questions & contact:

Komptech GmbH

Mag. Joachim Hirtenfellner
Marketing Manager
Kühau 37, A-8130 Frohnleiten
T +43 (0) 664 4229214

Hirtenberger AG

Manuela Prinz
Corporate Communications
Leobersdorfer Strasse 31-33, A-2552 Hirtenberg
T +43 (0) 2256 811 84-0