HEGLA strengthens sustainable growth with future strategy and management team expansion

HEGLA has geared up for further growth with its newly expanded management team: Dr Heinrich Ostendarp (CTIO), Bernhard Hötger (CEO of the HEGLA Group), Stefan Reuter (CTO) and Peter Herrmann (COO). Not pictured: Jochen H. Hesselbach (Managing Director)
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HEGLA has geared up for further growth with its newly expanded management team: Dr Heinrich Ostendarp (CTIO), Bernhard Hötger (CEO of the HEGLA Group), Stefan Reuter (CTO) and Peter Herrmann (COO). Not pictured: Jochen H. Hesselbach (Managing Director)

Date: 20 February 2024

Hegla, a German machine manufacturer, navigates post-pandemic challenges with strategic expansions and future investments.

At the machine manufacturer HEGLA, based in Beverungen, Germany, the situation is showing signs of returning to normal following the coronavirus pandemic, supply chain problems with electronic parts and the sharp increase in supplier costs. Further growth is also on the cards. The company has geared up for the projected upswing with a multi-phase future strategy.

This involved an expansion of the management team to include Peter Herrmann and Stefan Reuter in the summer 2023. Managing Director Peter Herrmann took over the operational area, drawing on his many years of experience as authorised signatory at HEGLA. His colleagues appreciate his expertise, as well as his structured and analytical approach. New Managing Director Stefan Reuter is responsible for technology and technical sales. He is a popular advisor to colleagues and customers alike when it comes to technical issues and highly complex projects. “The addition of two new managing directors has enabled the HEGLA Group to sustainably strengthen and future-proof its core competencies,” said Group CEO Bernhard Hötger.

Investment in locations and products

As another step towards achieving the vision for the future, the company is investing €4.5 million in a new logistics center at the Beverungen location that will house the currently decentralised warehouses and make space for additional production areas. Previously, extra capacity was created in Kretzschau (Saxony-Anhalt), the USA and France.

The company hopes to continue to secure additional markets and customer groups in future by developing new products. At present, the machine concept IG2Pieces is nearing the serial production stage. The machine enables outdated insulation glass to be cleanly broken down into its individual components for reuse or type-specific recycling. And Glasstec, the world’s leading trade fair for the glass industry, will be held in Düsseldorf at the end of this year. There, the HEGLA Group is presenting machines and systems for the flat glass processing industry operating in real time to almost 300,000 visitors in an exhibition space measuring 1,800 m².

“Thanks to the expertise and commitment of our employees, we have been able to safely navigate our way through times of crisis and overcome the highs and lows together,” said CEO Hötger. “The course for the future has been set: we are staying true to our roots and ‘Made in Germany’ quality.”

HEGLA plans to secure new markets and customer groups in future by developing new products such as IG2Pieces, which separates outdated insulating glass into its components, for example.
HEGLA plans to secure new markets and customer groups in future by developing new products such as IG2Pieces, which separates outdated insulating glass into its components, for example.

About the HEGLA Group

The HEGLA Group was founded in Beverungen (North Rhine-Westphalia) in 1976 and has additional German production sites in Kretzschau (Saxony-Anhalt) and Satteldorf (Baden-Württemberg). Alongside glass handling, storage and logistics solutions, and the vehicle construction division, the HEGLA Group specialises in machines and systems for glass processing. Worldwide, the Group has more than 800 employees, including 60 apprentices. The HEGLA Group includes the subsidiaries HEGLA boraident headquartered in Halle (Saale), which supplies laser applications, and the Bochum-based HEGLA-HANIC, a software specialist covering all of the software needs of the glass industry.

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