Ceratizit Lifts Partnership with Komet Acquisition

Originally titled 'Acquisition Lifts Partnership'

The Ceratizit Group has acquired the Komet Group, with the Komet brand playing a pivotal role in the Ceratizit Group’s cutting tools strategy. 

The Ceratizit Group, headquartered in Mamer, Luxembourg, has acquired the Komet Group, headquartered in Besigheim, Germany, effective October 12, 2017. The transaction is still subject to the approval of the antitrust authorities.

“The disruptive changes in the market environment pose enormous challenges for Komet. The acquisition by Ceratizit now opens up new opportunities for sustainable growth,” says Dr. Christof Bönsch, CEO of the Komet Group. “The takeover sees the emergence of a new global player with superior technology expertise and broad market access”, Dr. Bönsch adds.

“This move lifts the close and long-standing partnership between the two companies to a new level,” says Jacques Lanners, chairman of the executive board of the Ceratizit Group. “It opens up completely new prospects both for our customers and our employees.” 

Ceratizit is committed to Germany as a key production and innovation hub. “Employees can look forward to a positive and attractive future because, as a privately owned company, Ceratizit is keen to develop its sites in a sustainable manner,” Mr. Bönsch says. The implementation of the Komet 2026 strategy will be continued in order to ensure the safety of the jobs.

The Komet brand will play a pivotal role in the Ceratizit Group’s cutting tools strategy. Going forward, customers will have a partner in cutting tools technology, from turning and milling to the complete machining of holes. “The synergies in terms of technical expertise in substrate development, sintering technology, cutting tools technologies and coating are substantial and represent significant added value for our customers,” Mr. Lanners explains.

The growing importance of digitalization is a key issue for the future for Ceratizit and Komet as well. Komet has carved out a position in this field with its “Digital Productivity Solutions” and will assume an important role within the Ceratizit Group in developing innovative products in the Industry 4.0 domain. In addition to offering digital solutions, Komet realigned itself with two additional business areas, “Productivity Components” and “Engineered Productivity Solutions”, aimed at providing customers with the tools they need to boost their productivity.