KRATZER AUTOMATION acquires Hofmann TeSys

KRATZER AUTOMATION AG expands its range of solutions in the field of test bench technology

  • Strategic portfolio expansion for the Test Systems division
  • Traditional supplier of Chassis dynamometers and end-of-line test stands

Munich, September 28, 2018 - KRATZER AUTOMATION AG expands its range of solutions in the field of test bench technology by taking over Hofmann TeSys Prüftechnik GmbH and its British sister company Hofmann TeSys UK Ltd.
As one of the leading suppliers of chassis dynamometers and roll test stands, Hofmann TeSys counts most of the leading automobile manufacturers amongst its worldwide customer base. KRATZER AUTOMATION takes over the two companies from the South Korean owner TeSys Co., Ltd. effective September 27, 2018.

Hofmann TeSys Prüftechnik GmbH is a manufacturer and supplier of vehicle test benches for use in production and research and development. The company specialises in products for end-of-line testing - such as roller test benches, vibration test benches and alignment benches for a wide range of wheeled vehicle. The company thus offers reliable solutions for the completion of every vehicle production line. Hofmann TeSys also supports its customers with research and development chassis dynamometer products and ancillaries such as the patented Hofmann TeSys driving robot.

The traditional company with headquarters in Elze, Lower Saxony, can look back on more than 70 years of company history. With its sister company in Worcester (United Kingdom) and sales and service partners in other countries, Hofmann TeSys supports its worldwide customers in the automotive industry.

KRATZER AUTOMATION AG takes over Hofmann TeSys Prüftechnik GmbH and Hofmann TeSys UK Ltd. as of September 27, 2018 (with retroactive economic effect as of April 1, 2018). Both companies will initially continue to operate independently under their previous names. All current customer projects, supplier and service agreements continue without interruption. Sibylle Pessall, Uwe Krummenoehler and Otto Kilg take over the management of Hofmann TeSys Prüftechnik GmbH in Germany. The managing director of the British company Graham Paul Wood will be supported in the future by Sibylle Pessall, Uwe Krummenoehler and Otto Kilg. Graham Paul Wood continues the management in the UK facility as well as the support for technology and sales in Germany.

"The proven solutions from Hofmann TeSys are an excellent addition to our range in the field of test bench technology," says Uwe Krummenoehler, Member of the Executive Board for Test Systems at KRATZER AUTOMATION. "We expect the acquisition to generate synergy effects in the areas of purchasing, administration and research and development. Our goal is to support customers even more comprehensively in their projects. Today we are already interfacing to Hofmann TeSys test stands with our automation and test data management software. We are therefore pleased to be able to provide the market with integrated solutions in the future."



For more than 35 years, KRATZER AUTOMATION has been supplying software solutions geared toward use in processes for the international automotive industry and the transportation sector in Europe. KRATZER AUTOMATION has more than 370 employees and maintains sites in Munich, Stuttgart, Kassel, and Wolfsburg. The company is active internationally through its own affiliates in China, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, and the Czech Republic.

In the test systems business segment, KRATZER AUTOMATION plans, realizes, and modernizes test systems for engines, turbochargers, transmissions, and further drive components. The company focuses in particular on test systems for energy-saving, ecofriendly drive concepts, with special attention to the specific requirements that apply to hybrid or electric drives, battery and fuel cell technology in automotive development.

The company demonstrates its social responsibility in a variety of ways, concentrating especially on providing support for youth both locally and beyond the region. KRATZER AUTOMATION also sponsors an art award in recognition of disabled artists, which has been granted annually since 2012.


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