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Issue November 2016

Course set for growth

On November 1, 2016, we have taken over Plaschka, a company based in Traunreut (Germany) and Hořice na Šumavě (Czech Republic). We welcome around 120 new employees to the Poppe + Potthoff Group and – with a staff of almost 1500 employees – we are looking forward to jointly expanding our competences in the production of precision components.

At the same time, Poppe + Potthoff is setting the course for further growth. In order to strengthen the Group's development, we have created a new management structure with three globally active divisions: "Tubes and Tubular Components", headed by Dr.-Ing. Bengt-Henning Maas, "Precision Parts", led by Axel Weiser and "Drive Technology" with Steffen Herter as a Director.

We thus give the next generation of top executives at Poppe + Potthoff the opportunity to further develop with their new areas of responsibility as division managers and to strengthen their personal relationships with employees, partners and customers in the long term. We see this as a further step in our efforts to shape the future together.

Our business is based on three strong pillars. At the same time, we are exploiting synergies, for instance at Poppe + Potthoff Maschinenbau and in our technology center. You will find more details in this issue of our newsletter.

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Dipl. Ing. Rüdiger Faustmann (CEO) and Dr. Christian Potthoff-Sewing (President/CFO)
Plaschka Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG in Traunreut, Bavaria, is now part of the Poppe + Potthoff Group. Here, components for medical technology are being manufactured, among other parts.

Plaschka becomes part of the P + P Group

Founded in 1977, Plaschka has developed an excellent reputation in the manufacture of precision machine components. These are mainly used in aviation, medical and film equipment technology, in measuring systems and in mechatronics. On November 1, 2016, the founding family transferred the company to Poppe + Potthoff.

"High-precision metal processing is a core competence of Poppe + Potthoff. We are particularly successful in the automotive sector and in mechanical engineering," says the CFO and President of the Group, Dr. Christian Potthoff-Sewing. "With the acquisition of Plaschka, we are expanding our capabilities as well as our sales markets, for example in aerospace and precision engineering," adds Rüdiger Faustmann, CEO of the Poppe + Potthoff Group.

The company is characterized by long-term client relationships based on partnership. The two locations in Traunreut (Germany) and Hořice na Šumavě (Czech Republic) are certified according to EN DIN ISO 9001: 2008. An experienced team of around 120 employees enables fast throughput times even for complex production processes in three shift operation.

The focus of production is on CNC milling and turning. All common materials are processed, an emphasis is on aluminum. In addition, electroplating, surface treatment and assembly belong to the service range as well as the quality assurance in air-conditioned measuring rooms with CNC coordinate measuring machines, hardness and conductivity testing.

Three divisions

Poppe + Potthoff sets the course for further growth. In order to strengthen the Group's development, we have given ourselves a new management structure with three globally active divisions: "Tubes and Tubular Components", headed by Dr.-Ing. Bengt-Henning Maas, "Precision Parts", led by Axel Weiser and "Drive Technology" with Steffen Herter as a Director.

The newly formed divisions include:

Tubes and Tubular Components Poppe + Potthoff Präzisionsstahlrohre in Werther, Germany
Poppe + Potthoff Hungária in Ajka, Hungary
Poppe + Potthoff Maschinenbau in Nordhausen, Germany
Dr.-Ing. Bengt-Henning Maas
Precision Parts Poppe + Potthoff Scionzier, France
Poppe + Potthoff Bonneville, France
Poppe + Potthoff in Kunovice, Czech Republic
Plaschka in Traunreut, Germany
Plaschka in Hořice na Šumavě, Czech Republic
Axel Weiser
Drive Technology R+W Antriebselemente in Klingenberg, Germany
R+W America in Bensenville, Ill., USA
Poppe + Potthoff in Nižna, Slovakia
R+W Machinery in Shanghai, China
R+W in Singapore, Singapore
R+W Italia in Sesto San Giovanni, Italy
Steffen Herter

"Our goal is to expand each of the three divisions strategically and thus continue to grow as a group in the future," explains Dr. Christian Potthoff-Sewing, CFO and President of the Poppe + Potthoff Group.

In line with the new structure, each division takes full responsibility for sales. The central sales department will be reorganized and the employees assigned to the divisions.

Burkhard Harhoff will continue to lead the Technology Center in Werther. Benjamin Hud has been appointed Director of Finance and Administration. Rüdiger Faustmann as CEO and Dr. Christian Potthoff-Sewing as CFO and President will continue to drive forward the Group's development in the future.

Frank Baudler (right), co-founder and Head of Engineering | R&D of Poppe + Potthoff Maschinenbau with CEO Stefan Dreyer (left) and Johannes Montag, Head of Sales (middle).

With high pressure to success

For ten years, Poppe + Potthoff has been developing and manufacturing machines for operational and fatigue strength testing of components in the automotive and shipbuilding industries, among others. These special machines designed for high-precision and high-performance are used in research, development and production.

"Our customers in Europe, China and the USA are supplied from Nordhausen, where we have moved to new, larger premises in 2015," explains Frank Baudler, CTO and co-founder of the company. "Here, we also test components for our customers – a service that has grown considerably in recent years."

In the summer of 2015, Poppe + Potthoff Maschinenbau moved into a new, larger building in Nordhausen, Germany.

"We place very high demands on ourselves. Each customer is supported individually, his requirements are our priority", explains Johannes Montag, Head of Sales. "This is what distinguishes us as a system developer: We don’t supply standard products, our systems are all tailored to customer specifications."

"A significant part of our success is based on our well-trained employees in all departments," adds CEO Stefan Dreyer. "We are proud that our concepts for testing systems are being used by the market leaders in their respective fields."

In the coming years, Poppe + Potthoff Maschinenbau plans to expand its activities in Europe, Asia and the Americas and will continue to grow steadily with "high pressure".

Optimized pressure relief valve

In addition to the well-established axially and radially discharging pressure relief valves (PRV) for common rails, Poppe + Potthoff Engineering in the Technology Center in Werther has now developed a radially dissipating valve which has been significantly improved in terms of performance, space and weight.

Thanks to the new design, the PRV almost completely disappears in the high-pressure accumulator and is also 50 percent lighter than the previous model. In terms of material use and reduced complexity of the individual parts, it is also easier and more cost-effective to manufacture.

Poppe + Potthoff has developed a new pressure relief valve for common rails. It is significantly more compact, lighter and performs better than its predecessor model (right).

The new valve opens up new possibilities in emergency operation with regard to the pressure requirements, especially at low volumetric flows of up to 0.4 L / min. Thus, in the event of an opening in the so-called "limp home" function, the valve ensures system pressures of >700 bar even at a pump delivery rate of only 0.4 L / min. The opening pressure can be adjusted as required.