9/21/2006 8:00 AM

NIBE acquires Czech Republic’s largest manufacturer of electric water heaters – DZ Drazice

NIBE Industrier AB has reached an agreement to take over the Czech company DZ Drazice (Druzstevni zavody Drazice – strojirna s.r.o.) located north of Prague. DZ Drazice will form part of the NIBE Heating business area.

DZ Drazice is the Czech Republic’s leading name in the development, manufacture and marketing of electric water heaters. In addition to serving a large domestic market DZ Drazice exports to a number of countries. The company has a long history. Founded in 1900, it has, like NIBE, been making electric water heaters since the 1950s. In recent years the company has expanded considerably and operations have been modernised.


DZ Drazice has approximately 250 employees, annual sales amounting to the equivalent of around SEK 200 million and pre-tax profits of slightly more than 10 percent of that figure.

 

“The acquisition of DZ Drazice means that NIBE continues to expand on the international market,” says Gerteric Lindquist, CEO for NIBE Industrier. “That fits in well with our strategy of becoming the market leader for heat pumps, electric water heaters and biofuel equipment in Europe.

 

“We see plenty of potential for DZ Drazice to continue to grow, both through its own efforts and via NIBE’s existing organisation. At the same time, it is also our intention to use DZ Drazice as a platform for sales of our heat pumps in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In addition to the opportunities this presents for boosting our sales in the future, it will also improve production flexibility.”

 

There will be no changes to the management of DZ Drazice, nor to the brands or organisational structure of the company, which will continue to be led by the current managing director, Ludek Semerad.

 

Customary due diligence has already been carried out and DZ Drazice will therefore be consolidated into the NIBE Group with effect from 1 October 2006.

 

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