S‑UBG Aachen arranges succession at Schiffer Service

Cate­gory: Private Equity
18. Decem­ber 2018

Aachen — S‑UBG AG, Unter­­neh­­mens­­be­­tei­­li­­gungs-Gesel­l­­schaft für die Regio­nen Aachen, Krefeld und Mönchen­glad­bach, toge­ther with its new mana­ging direc­tor Ralph Bauer, acqui­res 100 percent of the shares in Schif­fer Service GmbH as part of a manage­ment buy-in. As his succes­sor, Ralph Bauer will take over the sole manage­ment of the logi­stics company from foun­der Rolf Schif­fer as of 01.01.2019. In the future share­hol­der struc­ture, S‑UBG will hold 25 percent of the company’s shares.

Busi­ness areas with strong sales
Rolf Schif­fer foun­ded Schif­fer Service GmbH in 1995, from which today’s core busi­ness emer­ged. This is divi­ded into the three areas of logi­stics, pack­a­ging and fulfill­ment (order proces­sing in e‑commerce). Fulfill­ment employees take care of accep­ting orders, picking, pack­ing goods and products, as well as ship­ping to the end custo­mer and subse­quent returns manage­ment. More than half of the company’s sales are gene­ra­ted here.

“Online trade — and with it the mail-order busi­ness — has been growing steadily for years,” says Ralph Bauer. “Howe­ver, many retail­ers do not see their core compe­tence in logi­stics, but in bran­ding as well as marke­ting and shy away from corre­spon­ding invest­ments. Here, the fulfill­ment we offer is a suita­ble solution.”

After the take­over, Rolf Schif­fer will be available as a consul­tant for another three months, ensu­ring a tran­si­tion without loss of know-how and know­ledge. His succes­sor, Ralph Bauer, gained years of expe­ri­ence in sales and marke­ting after gradua­ting with a degree in busi­ness admi­nis­tra­tion. The 50-year-old took on person­nel manage­ment tasks at an early stage in both family-owned compa­nies and multi­na­tio­nal corpo­ra­ti­ons, was a member of the manage­ment board and is thus ideally prepared for his new task.

Deputy remains on board
“Due to the product and service diver­si­fi­ca­tion in recent years, Schif­fer Service GmbH is very well posi­tio­ned,” says Bern­hard Kugel (photo), CEO of the S‑UBG Group. “High flexi­bi­lity, relia­bi­lity and long-stan­­ding custo­mer rela­ti­onships help the company to build a good repu­ta­tion that gene­ra­tes many custo­mer inqui­ries. In addi­tion, Schif­fer is active in growth markets with all three busi­ness units, and so we expect the busi­ness to conti­nue to deve­lop healt­hily and successfully in the future,” adds Günther Bogen­rie­der, who closely accom­pa­nied the take­over as S‑UBG’s project manager.

“Thanks to the strong network of my succes­sor Ralph Bauer, the company will conti­nue to grow and streng­then its core compe­ten­cies in the future,” Rolf Schif­fer is certain. “In addi­tion, we are also solidly posi­tio­ned at the manage­ment level with Michael Pauly, Deputy Mana­ging Direc­tor and entrus­ted with the busi­ness for more than 15 years.”

About S‑UBG Group:
The S‑UBG Group, Aachen, has been the leading part­ner in the provi­sion of equity capi­tal for estab­lished medium-sized compa­nies (S‑UBG AG) and young, tech­­no­­logy-orien­­ted start-ups (S‑VC GmbH) in the econo­mic regi­ons of Aachen, Krefeld and Mönchen­glad­bach for over 30 years. S‑UBG AG invests in growth sectors; high quality of corpo­rate manage­ment is a key invest­ment criter­ion for the invest­ment company. In 1997, the share­hol­der savings banks estab­lished an early-stage fund under S‑VC GmbH to finance startups.

In 2018, toge­ther with Spar­kasse Aachen, Kreis­spar­kasse Heins­berg, Stadt­spar­kasse Mönchen­glad­bach, NRW.BANK and DSA Invest GmbH, Seed Fonds III für die Region Aachen & Mönchen­glad­bach GmbH & Co. KG was laun­ched, provi­ding around 21.5 million euros in seed capi­tal for the start-up scene in the region. As the succes­sor to the two fully finan­ced seed funds, it stimu­la­tes the deve­lo­p­ment of future-orien­­ted tech­no­lo­gies in the Aachen econo­mic region and was exten­ded to the Mönchen­glad­bach region in 2018. The S‑UBG Group curr­ently holds stakes in over 40 compa­nies in the region, giving it a top posi­tion in the Spar­­kas­­sen-Finanz Group. Further infor­ma­tion: www.s‑;

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