The Zeppelin Group continues to grow and is expanding its partnership with the Caterpillar company. On January 1, 2020, Zeppelin also took over sales and service for machines and components from the American construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar for Sweden, Denmark and Greenland. The portfolio also includes drive and energy systems as well as machine and equipment rental.
For the MaK engine brand, the Zeppelin Group – in addition to Sweden, Denmark and Greenland – also takes on the sales and service of engines and power generators in the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) as well as Finland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. The transaction has been approved by European regulators.
As part of the contractual agreements, the economic goods necessary for the business are transferred from the Dutch group Pon to Zeppelin. The existing employment relationships of the approximately 800 Pon employees were also taken over by Zeppelin.
As part of the expansion, the Zeppelin Group is also reorganizing its strategic business units (SBU). The construction and mining machinery business is managed in the new sales and service areas in a separate SBU under the name “Baumaschinen Nordics”. The management of this SBU and the management of the new group companies in Sweden and Denmark will be taken over by Volker Poßögel, previously head of the strategic business unit Power Systems.
In addition to the sales and service partnership with Caterpillar, Zeppelin also integrates the SITECH companies in Sweden and Denmark. These specialize in the sale and service of products from the American technology group Trimble.
As part of the transaction, the Tallinn / Estonia-based Baltic Marine Contractors (BMC) will be transferred from Pon to Zeppelin. This company bundles the sales and service activities around the MaK brand, under which premium marine engines and large gas engines for energy generation are offered. In the future, Zeppelin will be responsible for the sales and service of these engines not only in Sweden, Denmark and Greenland, but also in the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania), Finland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands.