The Pfaff-silberblau, ALLTEC Antriebstechnik and Yale brands will continue to exist in Columbus McKinnon Engineered Products GmbH and Columbus McKinnon Industrial Products GmbH.
Since 2008, Pfaff-silberblau Hebezeugfabrik GmbH, Kissing (Germany), has been a part of the US-based Columbus McKinnon Corporation (CMCO) , one of the world’s leading providers of conveyor and drive technology. Now, as of April 1, 2011, the Kissing-based company with its long tradition has taken on the name of its parent company.
As of now, the business divisions relating to solution-oriented drive technology, stage technology, lifting and material handling equipment operate under the name of Columbus McKinnon Engineered Products GmbH. Mid-year, the subsidiary ALLTEC Antriebstechnik, Heilbronn (Germany), will also be absorbed into this company.
In future, the part of the Pfaff-silberblau business dealing with standardized lifting and material handling equipment will be cooperating still more closely with its sister company Yale Industrial Products GmbH in Velbert (Germany), which will be known as of now by the name Columbus McKinnon Industrial Products GmbH.
The new name does not arise any changes for customers. The competent personal contacts at the companies remain unchanged, as do the high quality and reliability of the products and their brands Pfaff-silberblau, ALLTEC Antriebstechnik and Yale.
The change of name represents a stronger incorporation of Pfaff-silberblau, ALLTEC Antriebstechnik and Yale into Columbus McKinnon Corporation’s global strategy, focusing not only on these brands’ global presence in sales, but also on the creation of synergy effects from the group’s international network: Customers will benefit from individual, country-specific advice, still more quickly available service and above all from a continuous and busy sharing of experiences and transfer of knowledge within the group, which will directly influence the development of new products and individual solutions.
“Under our new name, we will be able to continue pushing our global orientation and our strategy of strong brands”, commented Ronald Bartel, managing director of Pfaff-silberblau, who will now also head up Columbus McKinnon Engineered Products GmbH.
Employees in the administrative, development and production divisions of Columbus McKinnon in Germany, at the Velbert, Kissing and Heilbronn locations, will not be affected in any way by the change of name. Customers of Columbus McKinnon Engineered Products and Columbus McKinnon Industrial Products can get in touch with their usual contacts under the new company name at the same address, telephone and fax numbers as usual. The only things that will change are the email addresses, which will be adjusted to reflect the name change in the next few weeks.