We are an industrial holding company with steady growth, which originates from acquisitions as well as the organic development of our group companies.
Entrepreneurs with long track record
We started building VTC from the mid 1990ies. At that time we were one of the first private equity firms in Germany, investing external capital mostly from high net worth individuals. Since 2004 we are able to live our dream: by investing our own equity, we became entrepreneurs ourselves. This allows us to take a long view concerning VTC and its group companies. Unlike a private equity investor, we have no exit focus.
Holding with added value
As sparring partners for the top management of our group companies we provide support in strategic discussions or selected projects. Our group companies are fully independent of each other, and the holding does not provide any central functions for the group. We emphasize the importance of flexibility and quick decision making.
Our strong experience and solid financial background (our holding is fully equity financed) makes us a trusted partner for corporates or entrepreneurs in divestment processes. Due to our lean structure we can take quick decisions and offer flexible deal structures. Being entrepreneurs ourselves helps us to understand the motivation and emotions of private sellers.
Strong corporate values
Our team has grown organically over the last 30 years. The resulting company culture is based on strong values, which we carry into our group companies. We rate the long term impact of our actions higher than short term financial results. An investment in a company is also a commitment from our side towards customers, employees and financing partners.
Natalia Chaban joined VTC in July 2021 as Finance Director. She is responsible for finance, taxes, treasury and consolidated financial statements at holding level.
Previously, Natalia Chaban worked for many years in auditing and audit-related consulting at one of the Big Four companies as well as at large medium-sized auditing and tax consulting firms, most recently as an associate partner. During this time, she worked as an auditor/tax consultant for both medium-sized family-run companies as well as capital market-oriented corporates.
Natalia Chaban holds a degree in economics from the University of Ulm and successfully passed both professional examinations as German Certified Public Accountant and tax consultant.
Philipp Härtel is with VTC since 2020. He works on current transactions and is screening potential investment opportunities and markets.
Before joining VTC he worked in the M&A team of Harris Williams in Frankfurt, where he was involved in buyside and sell side mandates. Moreover, he gained previous experience at Gimv, KPMG and ING Corporate Finance.
Philipp holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Econometrics and Operations Research from Maastricht University as well as a Master of Science degree with focus on Corporate Finance from the Rotterdam School of Management.
Andreas Joha joined the investment team of VTC in 2021. He works on transactions as well as portfolio management tasks and screens potential investment opportunities and markets.
Previously, he spent several years at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Munich advising private equity clients on buyside and sellside transactions.
Andreas received a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Administration with a major in Finance & Accounting from Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, and a Master of Science in Finance with a major in Corporate Finance from Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden.
In the early years of VTC Jürgen worked on a number of industry roll ups and held management positions in portfolio companies. Since then he has responsible for many transactions and gained broad experience in the industrials and renewables space. Jürgen is in charge of Baettr Holding GmbH.
Before his time at university he worked as a trainee for HypoVereinsbank AG in Munich. He is an active shareholder in the Leuze family business.
Jürgen holds a business degree (lic.oec.HSG) from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Stefan has overseen a number of VTC‘s transactions in Germany and Switzerland, mostly in the mechanical and plant engineering businesses. He is in charge of Sesotec GmbH and JK Group.
Before joining VTC Stefan was partner in a turnaround consulting firm where he also took on interim management positions. He started his career as a trainee at HypoVereinsbank AG and later worked for Bain & Company in Munich and London.
Stefan serves as a board member of the Leuze Group.
He has a business degree from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich.
Julius joined VTC in 2015. He works on transactions as well as portfolio management tasks.
From 2011 to 2014 he worked for GCA Altium and was involved in numerous buy side and sell side mandates, mainly in consumer goods and retail. In addition he was able to gain in-depth capital markets know how.
Julius holds Bachelor and Master of Science in International Business degrees from Maastricht University, Netherlands.
Richard G. Ramsauer
During his time at VTC Richard was responsible for a number of transactions in the industrials, infrastructure and electronics space. He manages VTC’s interests in FRIWO AG. He is also in charge of public relations at VTC.
Before joining VTC Richard worked for Bain & Company as a project manager in the Munich and Stockholm offices. During his time at Bain he focused on strategy work and efficiency programs in the industrials and commodities sectors. Richard also spends some time on his forestry estate in Austria.
Richard is an Austrian citizen and holds a business degree from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland and an MBA from the University of Chicago, USA.
Dr. Thomas Robl
Before co-founding VTC in 1992 Thomas had worked for IMM Industrie Management München, back then one of the first private equity firms in Germany.
During his time at VTC Thomas applied his long experience at numerous transactions. In the early years of VTC he initiated and implemented a number of industry roll-ups and took on executive positions in portfolio companies. Thomas co-founded one of the leading German private equity fund-of-funds and today is a member of the company’s supervisory board.
Thomas holds a PhD (Dr.rer.nat.) in physics from the Technische Universität Munich and an INSEAD MBA, France.
Ludovic Taillandier joined the investment team of VTC in 2023. He works on current transactions and is screening potential investment opportunities and markets.
Before joining VTC he spent several years working in the private equity sector at Crédit Mutuel Equity in Frankfurt.
Ludovic holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business, as well as a Master of Science degree with focus on Strategy & Innovation from Maastricht University, Netherlands.
Dr. Ulrich Wolfrum
Since 2000 Ulrich has worked on numerous transactions at VTC. In addition he chaired strategic projects and add-on acquisitions at portfolio companies. He is responsible for deal sourcing at VTC and is the contact person for investment banks and M&A advisors.
Ulrich started his career at A.T. Kearney in Munich and Dusseldorf. There he focused on efficiency programs and strategy development in the consumer goods, retail and energy sectors, where he could apply the experiences from his family business.
Ulrich holds a business degree and a PhD in business from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich.
Baettr is a leading component supplier for the wind industry. The company is specialized in the serial production of large cast products for on- and off-shore markets incl. CNC-machining, metal finishing as well as subassembly offerings according to customer specifications. The international footprint with three foundries, two machining and two surface treatment facilities in Europe and Asia is ideally positioned to serve its customers worldwide.
FRIWO AG is an internationally operating systems provider developing, producing and marketing high-performance, high-quality hard- and software solutions along the electrical drive train. FRIWO’s main market segments are e-mobility, household appliances and tools, medical equipment and industrial applications. Based on a global manufacturing and sourcing footprint, FRIWO is able to deliver leading edge technology at highly competitive prices.
JK Group is a worldwide leading manufacturer of devices for the tanning, fitness, and beauty industry. At the Company’s headquarter in Windhagen (Germany), JK develops and produces devices under the brand names “Ergoline”, “Beauty Angel”, “Sun Angel” and “Wellsystem”. The fields of application include cosmetic tanning, red light and near infrared applications for skin care as well as dry water massage.
Sesotec develops and manufactures machines and systems for the detection and separation of contaminants, for product inspection and for the sorting of material flows. Product sales primarily focus on the global food, plastics, pharmaceutical, wood, textile, and recycling industries. Sesotec’s global market leadership is based on a high competence in a wide range of technologies. The leading facility for design, development and manufacturing is located in Germany. Sesotec’s export quota amounts to over 50%.
United Souvenirs GmbH is a leading retailer and wholesaler of souvenirs and gift items in Europe. With its wholesale activities, the company is present throughout Europe. In addition, United Souvenirs operates over 60 stores in tourist hot spots in Austria, Germany, Spain, Poland and Slovakia.
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We are constantly looking for new investments for further growth. Due to our lean decision making processes any new investment opportunity will be analyzed quickly by our team. We have earned a reputation for finding creative solutions suited for every new transaction. Since we invest our own money, we think long term and do not focus on exit strategies.
We are looking for companies which fulfill the following criteria:
We have no sector focus. In the past we have done transactions in manufacturing, services and wholesale.
Our group companies range from EUR 45m to EUR 240m in sales. Even with substantial growth potential investments should have revenues of at least EUR 10m.
We also look for add on acquisitions for our portfolio companies which can be smaller.
Investment amount and regional focus:
We are looking for majority stakes but will also consider a qualified minority. We invest equity tickets of up to EUR 50m per deal, in case of larger transactions we would work with a partner.
Our regional focus lies on Germany, and neighbouring countries.
Medizintechnik in der Coronakrise: Produzieren mit höchster Priorität
„Der Bedarf aus der Medizintechnik ist sprunghaft nach oben gegangen. Wir verzeichnen derzeit horrende Nachfragesteigerungen von nahezu all unseren bestehenden Kunden, deren Applikationen dem Kampf gegen Corona zugeordnet werden können. Auch neue Kundenkontakte werden in dieser Zeit deutlich häufiger und wesentlich schneller geschmiedet als zuvor – ein mehr als eindeutiges Signal, wenn nicht gar ein Hilferuf der Branche.
Deutliche Bedarfserhöhungen erleben wir nicht nur bei den Geräten, die man aufgrund der täglichen Nachrichten im Zusammenhang mit COVID-19 im ersten Moment auf dem Schirm hat – etwa Beatmungsgeräte, Patientenmonitore oder Desinfektionslösungen – sondern auch in allen anderen, verwandten Bereichen. Seien es zusätzliche Krankenhausbetten für die eilends geschaffenen Quarantänestationen, benötigte Labortechnik zur Abstrichanalyse oder Infusions- und Ernährungspumpen für die Ernstfälle: Medizinische Netzteile, Ladegeräte und Batterien werden derzeit stärker und schneller benötigt, als wir uns zu erinnern vermögen. Vergleicht man die Auftragseingänge des ersten Quartals aus dem Medizinsektor mit denen des Vorjahres, sehen wir die Wachstumsrate stark in Richtung des dreistelligen Prozentbereichs klettern.
FRIWO ist insgesamt sehr gut gerüstet, die Medizintechnik im Kampf gegen die Pandemie bestmöglich unterstützen zu können.
Dank unseres weltweiten Fertigungs-Setups sind wir glücklicherweise in der Lage, flexibel auf derartige Zusatzbedarfe reagieren zu können. Neben unserem Produktionsstandort in Deutschland haben wir in den letzten Jahren in Vietnam nahe Ho-Chi-Minh-City eine Fertigungsstätte aufgebaut, welche uns auch innerhalb kürzester Zeit die Produktion hoher Volumina ermöglicht – ganz gleich ob vorhandenes Produkt eines Bestandskunden oder komplettes Neuprojekt. Mit dem schnellen Ramp-up von Produkten kennen wir uns darum bereits aus unseren anderen Kompetenzmärkten, etwa der Elektromobilität bestens aus. Zudem unterhalten wir seit vielen Jahren ein Netz an erfahrenen Produktionspartnern, welche uns im Notfall jederzeit unter die Armen greifen können.
Bezüglich der möglichen Versorgungsprobleme auf der Materialseite haben wir uns vor geraumer Zeit entschlossen, uns für die Zukunft möglichst unabhängig aufzustellen und ein hohes Maß an vertikaler Integration bertrieben. So fertigen wir heute in Vietnam nicht mehr nur unsere Endgeräte, sondern in mehreren Werken auch viele benötigte Komponenten selbst – etwa Wandler und Drosseln, Kabel und Leitungen oder Gehäuseteile.
Natürlich produzieren auch wir längst nicht alles in Eigenregie und sind auf eine funktionierende Supply Chain angewiesen, um die lebenswichtigen Zusatzbedarfe der Medizintechnik zu decken – beispielsweise im Bereich der aktiven Bauelemente. Als sich die aktuelle Krise in Ihren Grundzügen abzeichnete, haben wir uns daher gezielt mit Bauteilen bevorratet, großflächig auf Luftfrachten umgestellt und gemeinsam mit den Kunden die gezielte Freigabe von Alternativen für versorgungskritische Komponenten geprüft. Auf dieser Basis sehe wir uns heute insgesamt sehr gut gerüstet, die Medizintechnik im Kampf gegen die Pandemie bestmöglich unterstützen zu können.“