GF Machining Solutions LLC

560 Bond Street
Lincolnshire, IL 60069 US


GF Machining Solutions to Acquire Leading Software Specialist

In line with its strategy to digitalize its offering, GF Machining Solutions has agreed to purchase 100 percent of the shares of Symmedia GmbH, Bielefeld (Germany). The privately owned company has been specializing in software for machine connectivity solutions for the past 20 years.

The secure interconnection of machines is the basis of the future development of industrial processes, commonly described as Industry 4.0. Symmedia has developed and offers these interconnections as a key player in factory digitalization. 

Symmedia was established in 1997 and today employs 60 people. More than 15,000 machines in various industries worldwide have been equipped with its software. The company will continue to support and develop connectivity solutions for all types and all brands of machines and factory equipment. In addition, GF Machining Solutions will use Symmedia technology to accelerate its digital transformation by offering complete solutions for factory connectivity in industrial environments. 

Symmedia will continue to operate under its current management from its Bielefeld base. Both parties have agreed not to disclose any financial details.

“We warmly welcome Symmedia to the Georg Fischer family and look forward to supporting the further development of its connectivity solutions for a whole range of clients. This new partnership will also allow us to speed up and widen the range of the digital solutions we offer to our customers,” stated Yves Serra, CEO of Georg Fischer, parent company of GF Machining Solutions.

Peter Barkowsky, Co-founder and Managing Director of Symmedia added, “Our customers are machine manufacturers who provide services in textiles, pharmaceuticals, food, electronics, plastics, printing, tooling and other industries. As a member of the GF family we will be able to deepen the cooperation with our global customers but also to help GF to accelerate its digital transformation.”

Dr. Albert Christmann, CEO Oetker Group and Chairman of the Board of Symmedia, commented, “Leading shareholders Gundlach Group and Oetker Group are grateful to the management and team of Symmedia for a truly innovative and very successful buildup of a niche market leader. We also thank our customers for outstanding relations and wish all stakeholders a prosperous next stage for Symmedia.”

GF Machining Solutions provides machine tools, automation solutions and customer services for the production of molds, dies and high value-added metal parts. The division has R&D and manufacturing facilities in Switzerland, Sweden and China, and serves its customers through its own sales companies in more than 50 countries.

Symmedia has been developing service solutions for the mechanical engineering sector since 1997. Symmedia SP/1 software is used as the “internet of machines” in over 100 countries. Leading machine manufacturers and operators use the software as a convenient service portal with remote service, parts, maintenance and monitoring being proactively offered directly at the machine. The performance figures of the service organization on facility availability, productivity and OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) are available to management everywhere, wherever they are. For more information visit www.symmedia.de.

A Message from GF Machining Solutions LLC

Company Profile

GF Machining Solutions is a leading provider of machine tools, automation solutions and services to the tool and moldmaking industry as well as precision parts manufacturers in market segments that include aerospace, automotive, electronics, medical and ICT.

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Success Story

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mikron machine

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rConnect Messenger

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EDM machine

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Product Categories of GF Machining Solutions LLC

Additive Manufacturing Machines for Metal Parts
Additive Manufacturing Machines—Powder Bed Fusion
Automated Pallet Systems
Consulting Services
EDM Filtration Equipment & Supplies
EDM Tooling
EDM, Ram Type (Die-Sinking) CNC
EDM, Ram Type (Die-Sinking) Manual
EDM, Small Hole
EDM, Wire Type
Electrode Materials, EDM Wire & Supplies
Horizontal Machining Centers, Five-Axis
Horizontal Machining Centers, Up to Four-Axis
Laser Marking Systems
Lasers, Excimer
Lasers, Nd: YAG, Pulsed
Maintenance & Repair
Marking & Engraving
Milling Machines, Bed-Type
Milling Machines, Graphite
Milling Machines, Knee & Column, Non-ATC
Milling Machines, Planer, Gantry & Bridge Type
Milling Machines, Universal
On-Machine Probes
Pallet Changers - Automatic
Pallet Changers/Shuttles & Programmable Transfer Devices
Software, CAD/CAM
Spindles
Toolchangers
Toolholders
Training of All Types, Including Audiovisual/Internet
Universal Machining Centers
Vertical Machining Centers, Five-Axis
Vertical Machining Centers, Up to Four-Axis
Welding Machines & Equipment
Workholding, Custom

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Smart Machine
Step-Tec
System 3R
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