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Handtmann celebrates 150 years in business

The Handtmann Group of Companies celebrated its 150th anniversary with a gala evening where representatives from politics, banks and business were invited, as well as managers. School representatives also joined the staff to the festivities on Biberach’s local mountain Gigelberg.

The Minister-President of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg Winfried Kretschmann, spoke at the event: “The world market leader, with its approximately 4,300 employees and an annual turnover of EUR 1 billion, is an engine of prosperity and an economic factor for both state and country. The noise of the machines in the workshops of Handtmann is the sound of successful transformation.”

In recognition of Thomas Handtmann’s lifetime achievements and his contributions for the town of Biberach, the Lord Mayor of Biberach Norbert Zeidler named him an honorary citizen. The symbolic handing over of the keys to the family-run group of companies to Markus Handtmann and Valentin Ulrich was also part of the celebrations. “We want to take this unique opportunity to shape and develop not only our group of companies and the technologies in the industry sectors, but also communal life in the region and in society,” Markus Handtmann added: “We intent to tackle the next 150 years together with you.”

Harald Suchanka, CEO of the Handtmann division of Filling and Portioning Systems, and Wolfgang Schmidt of the Light Metal Casting division, spoke on behalf of the entire management team. “Together, we can celebrate 150 years of Handtmann today. We are celebrating 150 years of family business, 150 years of innovation, yet also challenges mastered. Above all, however, we are celebrating one thing: 150 years of growth and success.”

The financial year 2022 has been one of the most successful years in company history, in which “the record sound barrier of EUR 1 billion was broken”.

Photo: Minister-President Winfried Kretschmann (second from the left) thanked Thomas Handtmann (third from the left), company director of many years and now President of the Advisory Board. Credit: Handtmann