SME Investments

The division offers mid-tier companies that have their focus in the German industry the reliable prospect of long-term development under the umbrella of the Possehl Group. In addition, the division SME Investments describes itself as a platform facilitating the development of new and independently operating divisions.


2019 | € 240.8 million
2018 | € 232.7 million

Scope of activities/Products

  • Mechanical and plant engineering
  • Technical products
  • Services

Customer groups

  • Food industry
  • General industry
  • Municipalities
  • End consumers

Number of employees in 2019


Annual average

SME companies are one of the most important pillars of the German economy. With their innovative energy and high degree of flexibility, they make an important contribution to the country’s economic dynamics. Being able to develop longterm perspectives is a decisive success factor for German SME companies, which are often owner-managed businesses generating annual sales of €10–80 million in niche markets. This, however, requires the right mix of visionary planning and flexible acting. Within the Possehl Group, the division SME Investments offers suitable companies safe conditions for stable growth. We target companies already operating in a stable market environment, which have both a good market position and reputation and conduct business in a sustainably profitable manner.

It is very important to us that the companies preserve their identity as mid-tier businesses and that the sole responsibility for operational decisions remains with the companies’ managements after being incorporated into the Group’s portfolio. At the same time, they profit from being a member of the financially sound Possehl Alliance. The Possehl Alliance pursues the philosophy of longterm investments in their portfolio companies and developing new independently operating divisions for the Possehl Group through applying the buy-and-build strategy. Our SME portfolio currently comprises the following ten companies or groups.

Hänsel Processing GmbH

Schwarte Group GmbH


Gabler Maschinenbau GmbH

GABLER Thermoform
GmbH & Co. KG

Düring Schweißtechnik GmbH

MGG Micro-Glühlampen
Gesellschaft Menzel GmbH

Kleine Wolke Textilgesellschaft
mbH & Co. KG

DMA Maschinen- und Anlagenbau
GmbH & Co. KG

Possehl Umweltschutz GmbH/
nordrohr GmbH