Ried i.I./Rimsting. Wintersteiger AG has purchased SERRA Maschinenbau GmbH in Rimsting am Chiemsee, Germany, with retroactive effect to January 1, 2019.

SERRA employs roughly 40 people and develops, manufactures, and distributes machines and saw blades for mobile and stationary sawmills. Roughly 60 % of its wares are exported to over 80 countries. In 2018 the firm posted increased revenues of 6.4 million euros. Like Wintersteiger, SERRA is also a specialist market leader in a niche sector.

The mobile and stationary sawmills complement the Wintersteiger product portfolio in the Woodtech business field (thin-cutting sawing machines, saw blades, automation solutions, and timber repair systems). The acquisition of SERRA has allowed the business field to add further services in the woodworking value-added chain. Logs with a diameter of up to 160 cm are split with SERRA sawmills before the wood can be further processed on Wintersteiger thin-cutting sawing machines.

“With this acquisition, Wintersteiger is pursuing a two-pronged approach to growth. On the one hand there is the potential to boost sales of SERRA products in markets that have either been completely or largely overlooked to date, but in which Wintersteiger has developed a mature sales structure – such as the USA. On the other hand, Wintersteiger can use the existing sales of SERRA sawmills to not only grow sales of band-saw blades in particular, but also thin-cutting sawing machines,” explains Dr. Florestan von Boxberg, CEO of Wintersteiger AG.

Johann Fritz, Managing Partner of SERRA adds: “Wintersteiger and SERRA have already enjoyed a successful relationship stretching back for 15 years; a relationship which will now be further nurtured and intensified. In addition to the complementary nature of each firm’s products, we both share a similar corporate philosophy. After 20 years at the helm I am unfortunately having to stand down for personal reasons, but I know that in Wintersteiger I am leaving the company in the safest hands.”

The SERRA brand and the Rimsting site will continue under Wintersteiger. SERRA’s current Managing Director, Christian Mayer, will be joined by Andreas Doubrava, Authorized Officer of Wintersteiger AG, to form SERRA’s new management team.

Facts and figures – Wintersteiger AG

Founded:                                1953

Headquarters:                        Dimmelstrasse 9, 4910 Ried im Innkreis, Austria

Number of employees

in the Group:                          approx. 1,000

Group turnover 2017:          154 million euros

Export ratio:                           90 %

Website:                                 www.wintersteiger.com

Facts and figures – SERRA Maschinenbau GmbH

Founded:                                1990

Headquarters:                        Bahnhofstrasse 83, 83253 Rimsting, Germany

Number of employees:         approx. 40

Turnover 2018:                      6.4 million euros

Export ratio:                           60 %

Website:                                 www.serra-sawmills.com

Information about the business field WOODTECH

Wintersteiger is known for advanced thin-cutting technology that is used worldwide in the production of lamellas. The thin kerf, highest accuracy, a surface to glue and processing the lamellas without additional steps are key benefits for users. Wintersteiger thin-cutting solutions for wood are used in the production of lamellas starting with 1.5 mm thickness. Among the customers are manufacturers of engineered flooring, doors and windows, multi-layer boards, pencils, musical instruments, etc.

The product line includes thin-cutting frame saws and thin-cutting band saws including upstream and downstream processing, blade sharpening machines, carbide and Stellite® saw blades, and technologies for gluing and pressing. VAP Gruber Automations GmbH has been a member of the Wintersteiger Group since 2012. Its TRC (Timber Repair & Cosmetics) systems for the semi- and fully automated repair of timber surfaces have been incorporated into the Wintersteiger product range.

 Information about the company

Wintersteiger AG is an international machinery and plant engineering group. Founded in 1953, it has gradually established itself as a leading provider of innovative solutions for customers in technically sophisticated niche markets. The business fields of the company consist of:

  • SEEDMECH:

Turnkey solutions for plant breeding and research

  • SPORTS:

One-stop supplier for ski and snowboard rental and servicing

Systems for hygienic drying of sports goods and work clothes

Fit-optimizing solutions and individual sports shoe adjustments

  • WOODTECH:

Process solutions for precision thin-cutting, wood repairs and cosmetics

Saw blades for wood, food, and metal
Machines for mobile and stationary sawmills

  • METALS:

Levelling technology machines and systems

  • AUTOMATION:

Plants and automation solutions for industrial manufacturing companies

Wintersteiger is the world market leader in its SEEDMECH, SPORTS and WOODTECH business fields. The company delivers to no fewer than 130 countries from its headquarters in Ried im Innkreis, Upper Austria, and via 16 subsidiaries and 60 representative offices. Wintersteiger has approximately 1000 employees worldwide. For more information, please visit www.wintersteiger.com.

From left to right.: Hans Fritz sen., Johann Fritz, Mag. Harold W. Kostka (CFO, Wintersteiger), Dr. Florestan von Boxberg (CEO, Wintersteiger), DI (FH) Andreas Doubrava, Christian Mayer

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