Well positioned for a global future

Well positioned for a global future

The gearbox specialist Neugart, headquartered in Kippenheim, Baden, is responding to the challenges of the international mechanical engineering industry by adapting its management structure: for the first time in the company's almost 100-year history, Swen Herrmann and Holger Obergföll have been appointed as two managing directors who are not members of the owner families.

The new management structure at Neugart GmbH has been in place since the start of 2024, with the new Managing Directors coming from within the company: Swen Herrmann (44) has been with Neugart in various positions since 2013, most recently as Managing Director of Business Development. Holger Obergföll (50) joined the company in 2019 as Managing Director Supply Chain Management.
"We are building on the successful developments to date," the two new Managing Directors agree. "We will not stand still and will align the organization in such a way that we can continue to supply our customers and markets worldwide with the right products, at the right time and with high quality."

With the new management, Neugart GmbH has also restructured the first management level: A nine-strong "Leadership Team" will be responsible for the operational business under the direction of the management in future. Neugart and all parts of the company will remain under the ownership of the Neugart and Herr families.

Focus on digitalization and internationalization

As part of the structural adjustment, the previous managing directors Bernd Neugart and Matthias Herr will in future act in their main function as owners and managing partners of Neugart Holding. This will strengthen the role of Neugart Holding, which previously formed the strategic umbrella for the Neugart Group. In addition to the three production sites in Germany, the USA and China, this also includes the five sales companies in Brazil, Italy, France, Switzerland and Turkey.

Holding will now increasingly create the conditions at an international level to ensure that the companies of the Neugart Group can continue to successfully assert themselves on the global markets in the face of digitalization and internationalization.

Home base in Kippenheim to be strengthened

Founded in 1928, Neugart is now a globally sought-after manufacturer of high-quality planetary and special gearboxes. The companies of the Neugart Group have around 850 employees, 730 of whom work at the headquarters in Kippenheim. Turnover at the home base in Kippenheim amounted to around 112 million euros in 2022. The home base in Kippenheim is being continuously expanded. The new Plant 3 is currently being built opposite the existing production halls and should be ready for occupancy in the 4th quarter of 2024.