A constantly growing group: KEBA

Gerhard Luftensteiner, Chairman of the Board of KEBA Group AG, presented the results for the last financial year (April 2021 – March 2022). Photo: © Gregor Hartl

In the last financial year (April 2021-March 2022), the KEBA Group, based in Linz, Austria, increased its turnover from 415.4 million euros to 537.7 million euros. With an increase in sales of around 122 million euros and a growth of almost 30%, the group has once again achieved the highest turnover in its history.

Research and development are of fundamental importance for a technology company like KEBA, for future success and for technological positioning on the market. As a result, the group invests a significant part of its annual turnover in research and development (R&D): last year R&D expenditure was around 70 million euros.

Based on full-time employment, the KEBA Group had 1,963 employees at the end of the year. In terms of personnel, KEBA has already passed 2,000 employees. In addition, the company currently employs around 180 project employees to cover peak loads. About half of the employees work in Austria, a third in Germany and around 200 in Asia.

Since the autumn of the last financial year, KEBA’s three business areas – Industrial Automation, Handover Automation and Energy Automation – have been independent companies and take care of operations in the group. However, they continue to appear under the strong joint KEBA brand and utilize the group’s synergies.

Industrial Automation develops and manufactures automation solutions consisting of hardware and software for machines and robots. The solutions range from operation to control and from safety technology to drive technology. These solutions are used in various sectors within mechanical engineering and robotics.

Handover Automation is a specialist in handover solutions. These allow for secure, contactless transfer of cash, packages or goods as well as controlled access to shared objects. These solutions are known, for example, as ATMs in financial institutions or as automatic parcel machines at postal and logistics companies and as automated teller machines in car dealers, the judiciary or the health sector.

Energy Automation is one of the pioneers in charging solutions for electric cars. With the wall boxes, you can not only charge electric cars in a safe and reliable way, but also connect them, thanks to a wide range of interfaces, to different systems, such as a solar system. Another strength of this business area is in heat management for heat pumps and biomass heating systems.

The three business areas have different characteristics. In order to adapt optimally to different market needs, it is important to enable different approaches, processes or sales channels. Thanks to separate areas of responsibility, KEBA can service the sectors even more specifically and act even more in favor of the customer. In addition, the ability to make decisions in the most decentralized way, quickly and purposefully and to implement them immediately, fully reflects KEBA’s agile organization.

With 26 branches in 16 countries and 8 production sites of various sizes in 4 countries (Austria, Germany, Holland, China), the group has a good capillary network throughout the national territory, to be present to its customers in all markets. Since the beginning of the year, KEBA has also had its own subsidiary in the UK.

Additionally, at the end of 2021, KEBA acquired the drag and bot software company based in Stuttgart, Germany. The startup develops an innovative control system for machines and robots. With this recent acquisition, KEBA strengthens its position in industrial automation and strategically integrates the product portfolio with innovative and flexible automation software.

To cope with constant growth, KEBA is also expanding its production and office capacity in Linz. Preparations for the new KEBA headquarters at Technologiering in Leonding-Pasching are underway and are being planned. The start of the works foreseen in the current perspective will take place at the end of 2023.

KEBA assumes that it is basically active in growth markets with its three business areas and that there is a corresponding demand for its solutions. As in recent years, some underlying dynamics are expected, but in principle the company is quickly adapting to the changed structure. However, the revenue that can be achieved in this new year also depends to a large extent on the availability of materials.

“KEBA, with its three divisions, responds to market needs and continues to invest and grow”: a summary of what was said by Gerhard Luftensteiner, Chairman of the Board of KEBA Group AG. Photo: © Gregor Hartl

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