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  • The ROFA Group at LogiMAT 2024The ROFA Group at LogiMAT 202417. January 2024Visit us again this year at LogiMAT, International Trade Fair for Intralogistics Solutions and Process Management. The ROFA Group experts of the companies BSS Bohnenberg GmbH, Dynamic Logistic Systems B.V. and ROFA INDUSTIRAL AUTOMATION AG are looking forward to welcoming you. Get exclusive insights into our latest products and systems. When: March 19 – 21, 2024 Where? Stuttgart Exhibition Center, Hall 1, Stand 1C50 We look forward to seeing you! More about the LogiMAT fair [...]
  • Students from the University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim gain practical insights at ROFA AGStudents from the University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim gain practical insights at ROFA AG22. December 2023Recently, 20 students from the Industrial Engineering course at the University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim immersed themselves in the world of automation technology at ROFA INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION AG. The excursion not only provided theoretical knowledge, but also allowed aspiring engineers to gain practical experience. The event commenced at the ROFA application site in Kolbermoor, where students were given comprehensive insights into the diverse applications of automation technology, from innovative technologies to customized solutions and the ROFA Group’s range of services. Following this introduction, the excursion continued to the AUDI plant in Ingolstadt, where an exclusive tour of the body shop and final assembly was on the agenda. Here, the students had the opportunity to see their theoretical knowledge put into practice. The partnership with TH Rosenheim is of great value to both parties. The close collaboration between industry and educational institutions enables the optimal education of future engineers based on the demands of industry. [...]
  • Change in Management at ROFA NOWA Tervező Kft.Change in Management at ROFA NOWA Tervező Kft.24. October 2023With immediate effect, Mr. Gabor Nagy and Mr. Andreas Gajda take over the management of our mechanical engineering site ROFA NOWA Tervező Kft., located in Nyíregyháza, Hungary. The primary goal of the new management is to further develop the Nyíregyháza site successfully as a group service provider. Both, Andreas Gajda and Gabor Nagy bring extensive experience in leadership positions and a deep understanding of customer-specific challenges. We are confident that the new management will be a valuable asset to our company, and Gabor Nagy and Andreas Gajda will seamlessly adapt to their roles. Gabor Nagy will be responsible for the local on-site management, while Andreas Gajda will act as the interface and contact person for the site from Germany. Gabor Nagy Andreas Gajda ROFA NOWA Tervező Kft., a company within the ROFA Group based in Nyíregyháza, Hungary, comprises a highly qualified team of engineers and experienced designers. The focus of this site is the mechanical engineering for the entire ROFA product range. Due to its proximity to the manufacturing plant ROFA MÜVEK, they are able to provide optimal support for mechanical production. More about ROFA NOWA Tervezö Kft. [...]
  • LogiMAT 23 – We say THANK YOU and look back on three successful days in Stuttgart / GermanyLogiMAT 23 – We say THANK YOU and look back on three successful days in Stuttgart / Germany11. May 2023See some impressions here: In addition to presenting our intralogistics innovations, we were able to gather many exciting impulses from conversations with our visitors this year. [...]
  • Change in Management at ROFA CONTROLS ROMANIA S.R.L.Change in Management at ROFA CONTROLS ROMANIA S.R.L.15. February 2023Christian Halmbacher (ROFA INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION AG) and Flavius Cizmariu (ROFA CONTROLS ROMANIA S.R.L.) With immediate effect, Mr. Flavius Cizmariu takes over the operational management of ROFA CONTROLS ROMANIA S.R.L. based in Timişoara / Romania. The goal of the new management under Mr. Cizmariu is to develop, jointly with Mr. Christian Halmbacher (ROFA INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION AG), the subsidiary in Timişoara as a group service provider. Flavius Cizmariu brings years of experience in management positions and a deep understanding of the needs of our customers. We are convinced that he is a valuable addition to our corporation and will quickly find his place in his new role. Christian Halmbacher will be the interface and contact person for the company from Germany. The ROFA Group company ROFA CONTROLS ROMANIA S.R.L. in Timişoara / Romania supports the further development and refinement of our control technology as well as the final assembly of ROFA’s own vehicle control systems. This enables us to offer our customers comprehensive and innovative solutions. More about ROFA CONTROLS ROMANIA S.R.L. [...]
  • ROFA AG Expands Partnership as Main SponsorROFA AG Expands Partnership as Main Sponsor13. February 2023ROFA AG has extended its partnership with the Starbulls Rosenheim for an additional four years. ROFA has been part of the Starbulls family since 2019 and will remain the main sponsor until 2026. ROFA INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION AG is present through a large stadium name on the facade of the Rosenheim ice rink, as well as an advertisement on the new LED band and LED wall in the stadium. The logo additionally shines on the ice band in the TV area, as well as on the lower ice advertising and seats in the Bulls Lounge. ROFA is also present as the main jersey sponsor on the jerseys of all youth teams. “Great success to expand such an important partnership” “I am very happy that we were not only able to extend our existing partnership with ROFA AG, our main sponsor, for two more years, but also to expand it. Together, we will not only take on the 2022/23 season, but also the competitions up to 2026 and advance joint projects. The partnership with ROFA is characterized by great commitment and trust and is not limited to our first team. ROFA AG is present on the jerseys of all youth teams and fully supports us and the entire ice hockey location in Rosenheim. I am excited that we will continue bringing Rosenheim ice hockey a step forward in the future”, said Darwin Kuhn, Sponsoring Manager of the Starbulls Rosenheim. Stadium name as a lighthouse in the region “The cooperation between two institutions from the region is about to enter the next round. We are very proud, especially in view of the infrastructural renovations in the stadium, that we continue to present the stadium name for a more modern and multifunctional stadium. The ROFA Stadium, the excellent atmosphere, and the strong work in the youth are a lighthouse in the region, as well as in all of ice hockey Germany. With the new LED band and the lower ice advertising, we were able to expand our partnership with two new media and thus become even more visible in the stadium. It is important to us that we are not only present in the stadium, but also in youth work and as the main jersey sponsor of all youth teams, we want to contribute to the success. We are entering a joint future with the Starbulls Rosenheim e.V. with great enthusiasm and looking forward to many joint projects”, said Andreas Bauer, CEO of ROFA AG. [...]
  • ROFA AG is a „Top Employer in Medium-sized Businesses“ROFA AG is a „Top Employer in Medium-sized Businesses“1. February 2023The job portal honors mid-sized companies that are particularly popular among job seekers. The aim is to support job seekers in their search for attractive employers. This award is unique because it is not based on surveys, which often have low participation rates and therefore only a limited data base. Instead, access and reading behavior of users on over 60,000 job advertisements within one year is evaluated. We are very proud of this honor, which shows us that we have the attention of potential applicants. Since the beginning, we have been committed to creating a positive work environment for our staff, where they can develop and grow. We attach great importance to providing a good work-life balance and extensive training opportunities. Furthermore, we foster an open and collegial corporate culture, where everyone can contribute their ideas and take responsibility. Visit our careers page and find out more about your career opportunities at ROFA Group: Start your ROFA Career [...]
  • Morath Automati­sierung GmbH is a new member of ROFA GroupMorath Automati­sierung GmbH is a new member of ROFA Group15. December 2022We are pleased to introduce Morath Automatisierung GmbH, located in Titisee-Neustadt, as a new corporate member of the ROFA Group. ROFA INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION AG has acquired 100% of the shares of the existing entities with effect from 01.10.2022. The strategic expansion of the ROFA Group by the automation partner Morath, deepens our in-house know-how and pushes our targeted growth. Morath Automatisierung GmbH will continue to operate on the market as an independent company managed by Walter and Frank Morath. The affiliation with the ROFA Group, with its more than 1,200 employees and now 14 worldwide subsidiaries, guarantees the company a stable future and healthy growth in the automotive and intralogistics sectors. [...]
  • Awesome!!! What a great time – 5 days at the Costa del SolAwesome!!! What a great time – 5 days at the Costa del Sol23. October 2022Despite the demanding months due to the Corona pandemic, ROFA INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION AG has had two successful business years and confidently faces the challenges ahead. Results like this are solely achieved by the commitment of each individual, in a strong, motivated team. It is a matter truly dear to our hearts that we do not simply work together, but also spend time away from work, party together, get to know our new colleagues, or meet up with colleagues who are on site with our customers throughout the year. After more than 2 years of home office, Teams-meetings and limited opportunities to meet face-to-face, the time had come and we headed to the Costa del Sol, Spain for 5 days with 124 colleagues. The days were filled with lots of fun, excursions and sports activities, which were discussed and cheered at the bar at night.To make a long story short at this point and put in a nutshell – it was awesome. What a great time! [...]
  • Congratulations, Julian K.Congratulations, Julian K.12. September 2022ROFA apprentice receives Bavarian State Award 2022  He is one of the best students of his class: Julian K., former apprentice as electronics technician for devices and systems at ROFA INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION AG, graduated from vocational school with a grade of 1.5 this summer. For this excellent result, Julian received the Bavarian State Award 2022, which was awarded to him at the Berufsschule 1 Rosenheim. “We are very pleased that Julian is also pursuing his further career with us,” says Markus Hermanns, Human Resources Manager of the ROFA Group, and the young career starter confirms: “I always enjoyed my training at ROFA, the tasks were interesting and the team idea was always capitalized. To tie up with that, to take the next steps at ROFA and to get more and more involved in the future as an electrical technical product designer in a digital environment of Industry 4.0 is particularly appealing to me.” “A place where you feel at home”.   The technology group ROFA INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION AG, an expert in automation technology, conveyor technology, intralogistics and special machine construction based in Kolbermoor, is committed to excellent training and offers attractive career opportunities in an economically healthy environment. “A place where you feel comfortable” is the mission that is being lived every day. As a medium-sized company, we value our regional traditions and combine them with the innovative strength and internationality of a global player. A whole series of awards, some of which ROFA has received several times over the past years, prove how well the quality claim is made reality: These include the “Bavaria’s Best 50”, an honor awarded by the Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs for extraordinary growth strength in medium-sized companies, the seal “IHK-Ausbildungsbetrieb” (Chamber of Industry and Commerce training company) for exemplary commitment of a company that trains specialists and managers from its own ranks, or also the rating “Top employer in medium-sized companies”, awarded by, one of the leading online job exchange platforms in the German-speaking region. Would you like to learn more about ROFA and your career opportunities?Then visit us today We look forward to hearing from you! [...]
  • The ROFA Group at the LogiMAT 2022The ROFA Group at the LogiMAT 20228. June 2022LogiMAT, the International Trade Show for Intralogistics Solutions and Process Management, generates impulses for efficient, sustainable intralogistics processes. It is the leading international trade show that offers a comprehensive market insight and expert knowledge transfer. After a break of two and a half years, due to the pandemic, the show took place again as a presence event in Stuttgart by the end of May. We, the ROFA Group, were present with a joint booth of our logistics companies BSS Bohnenberg GmbH, Dynamic Logistic Systems B.V. as well as the AGV expert MLR System GmbH. We were proud to present our future-oriented automation and material flow concepts. Following the BSS slogan “Intralogistics at its best”, visitors were given a direct insight into our FLOWPICKER® technology by means of a true-to-the-original exhibit. We are pleased about the many exciting conversations as well as the ideas and thoughts we were able to exchange. By the way – the BSS Materialflussgruppe is celebrating its 30th anniversary and is offering insights into intelligent intralogistics and smart factory solutions throughout the year. It’s worth taking a look at the website!. [...]
  • Bronze at the Olympics – team spirit for successBronze at the Olympics – team spirit for success21. February 2022What a fantastic result for Christoph Hafer – bronze in the two-man bobsleigh at the Winter Olympics in Beijing 2022! Since the start of his career, Christoph Hafer from BC Bad Feilnbach has been supported and promoted by ROFA INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION AG as a sponsor. For this reason, we are particularly excited about this success. Congratulations! Success in bobsleigh sport does not only depend on the individual athletes. The team thrives on cohesion and interaction. Team spirit is required here –  jointly working on an objective to achieve a common goal. A mindset that also empowers our group of companies. There are many factors of success that we at ROFA have in common with top-class sports – qualities such as endurance, perseverance, objectives, strategy, but also social values such as the idea of fair play and, above all, the passion to burn for our common visions.  Every job in our company is unique and we strive to ensure that every employee is placed in the right position to contribute his or her individual expertise. Every single member of the ROFA family is an indispensable part of the team. Would you like to become part of our team?Visit our career website: ROFA AG – Career Portal [...]
  • ROFA is “Top Employer in Medium-sized Businesses 2022”ROFA is “Top Employer in Medium-sized Businesses 2022”3. February 2022ROFA INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION AG has once again been awarded the title “Top Medium-Sized Employer 2022” by, one of the leading online job portals in German-speaking countries. “We are very excited about the award, which signals that we get the attention of potential applicants. It is important to us that we are considered an attractive employer and that we distinguish from our competitors on the job market. Short decision-making processes, good career opportunities, a family and respectful environment and a wide range of responsibilities are just some of the reasons that make jobs in medium-sized companies attractive for job seekers. Especially in challenging times such as those we are currently experiencing, it is important to highlight these strengths when looking for new staff“, says Markus Hermanns, human resources manager of ROFA INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION AG. [...]
  • The ROFA Group at the LogiMAT 2022The ROFA Group at the LogiMAT 20222. February 2022Join us again this year at the International Trade Show for Intralogistics Solutions and Process Management. Expect lectures, podium discussions and innovative trends from the intralogistics industry. ROFA Group, with its companies BSS Bohnenberg GmbH, Dynamic Logistic Systems B.V., MLR System GmbH and ROFA INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION AG, is right in the middle – looking forward to welcome you. Our experts would be delighted to provide you with an insight into our latest products and systems. When? 31 May – 02 June 2022Where? Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre, Hall 1, B51 If you don’t want to wait until end of May, to exchange ideas with us and other intralogistics experts, as a participant of the trade show you have the opportunity to register for free of charge.Get more information: We look forward to seeing you! [...]
  • ROFA AG extends its partnership with the ice hockey team StarbullsROFA AG extends its partnership with the ice hockey team Starbulls1. February 2022The ROFA-Stadion, often referred to as the “living room” of the Starbulls Rosenheim, will continue to be named after the automation company from Kolbermoor. The existing premium partnership has been extended. ROFA and the Starbulls have been working together for more than three years. What is the connection between the internationally operating group of companies and the Starbulls? Both are strongly rooted in the region, aiming to achive the optimum by their commitment for the city, the club and the Rosenheim ice hockey. The premium partnership includes the stadium name as well as a large-scale presence with perimeter advertising in the stadium. In addition, ROFA is represented on junior teams jerseys with the main advertising space on the chest. Coherent and future-oriented concept for junior players and club “Supporting and promoting children from the region and giving them the opportunity to discover ice hockey as their hobby and passion by our partnership with the Starbulls, is a burning issue for us. The Starbulls’ junior division works best for this. Besides working at the highest level in terms of sports, the children are always in focus. This opens up personal development opportunities and the important values of team sport. In the past few years, the responsible parties have provided a consistent and comprehensive concept for promoting young players and the club as a whole. Now, they actively pursuing it day by day. This progress is very positive and will position the club for the future. We are happy to join them on this path, as a partner, as a supporter and as a sponsor of Rosenheim ice hockey. We are looking forward to a further cooperation and to many collaborative projects. We wish the junior teams and, of course, the first team every success for the rest of the season,” said Andreas Bauer, CEO of ROFA INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION AG. Strong and reliable partner Daniel Bucheli, Managing Director of Starbulls Rosenheim is evidently happy about the extended partnership. “First and foremost, I would like to thank ROFA on behalf of Starbulls Rosenheim e.V. for the cooperation and the great support for our entire club. The meetings in the run-up, like the entire partnership, are characterized by mutual trust and appreciation. To have a company like ROFA as a strong partner is something we are proud of and we are very happy that we will continue to join efforts together. As a sponsor on the junior jerseys, ROFA is always present and contributes to the fact that we can enable all children to play ice hockey in our talent factory. It is our ambition to offer all junior players the best possible training and in doing so, important partners as ROFA help us a lot. We are looking forward to our common future and many exiting projects. From left to right: Dirk Nagraszus (Managing Director ROFA AG), Christian Hötzendorfer (Member of the Board Starbulls Rosenheim), Andreas Bauer (CEO ROFA AG), Rainer Lange (CSO ROFA AG) and Darwin Kuhn (Head of Sponsoring Starbulls Rosenheim) together with the Starbulls youngsters. [...]
  • New photovoltaic system for ROFA KolbermoorNew photovoltaic system for ROFA Kolbermoor6. October 2021With regard to the environmental and energy objectives of ROFA INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION Group, we have committed to a continuous improvement of our environmental/energy-related products and processes and therefore the improvement of the corporate environmental performance and energy efficiancy – for a future worth living. A major milestone to achieve these goals has now been realized with the installation of a photovoltaic system at the ROFA headquarters in Kolbermoor. The construction and commissioning was completed end of August 2021. The PV is designed with 72 solar modules and an output of 29.52 kWP and is expandable by 40 more modules. The system provides the basic supply of two office buildings, workshop, warehouse and a workshop for precommissioning. On days with low power demand, such as weekends, power is fed back into the supply network. The photovoltaic technology not only generates green power, which is a benefit to our energy balance. In combination with the increasing number of electric cars and hybrid vehicles in our fleet as well as the installation of wallboxes, our CO2-consumption is reduced by more than 20% compared to 2015. By further actions, we strive to be CO2-neutral by 2030. [...]
  • ROFA INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION AG is again “Top Employer in Medium-sized Businesses” in 2021ROFA INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION AG is again “Top Employer in Medium-sized Businesses” in 202117. March 2021For the third year in a row, ROFA INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION AG has been acknowledged “Top Employer in Medium-sized Businesses” by the online job portal Yourfirm. With this signet, the career portal assists job-seekers when searching for interesting employers in the medium-sized business sector. Based on access and reading behavior of the portal users, in regards to the published job advertisements and company profiles within a year, the 1,000 “Top Employers in Medium-sized Businesses 2021” were voted from more than 10,000 employers. We are one of them! We are very pleased to be honored with this award, which shows us that we are gaining the attention of potential applicants and considered as an attractive employer,” says Markus Hermanns, Human Resources Management at ROFA INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION GROUP. Visit our career page and learn more about the job opportunities at ROFA Group:   [...]
  • Award from BMW SpartanburgAward from BMW Spartanburg5. January 2021“Team Bodyshop” of the ROFA INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION AG BMW US Manufacturing Company LLC, based in Spartanburg, South Carolina in the USA, is worldwide the largest plant of the BMW Group with around 11,000 employees. Last year, over 400,000 vehicles were built here for the US market and for export. These days, suppliers are more than just parts supplier to BMW. They are also system developers and innovation partners. ROFA INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION GROUP is no exception and the company has been associated with the plant in South Carolina for decades. As a renowned and reliable partner for conveyor technology and automation, ROFA, together with the BMW planners, has successfully realized many projects here. For three complex and challenging projects in the bodyshop, where the entire body in white was redesigned, ROFA’s “Team Bodyshop” was recently awarded for the „Successful Launch“ 2017, 2018 and 2019. We are very pleased about this honor and the trust which is placed in us. The following projects were realized: G01 (2015-2017) EMS KB180 steel construction: approx. 600 tlifting units: 36 piecelength: approx. 2,500 mEMS vehicles: approx. 180 piece floor conveyors (chain conveyors):conveyor elements: approx. 300 piecelength: approx. 2,000 m Highlight: construction of the conveyor systems during the construction of the hall G05 (2016-2018)EMS KB180 steel construction: approx. 750 tlifting units: 33 piecelength: approx. 5,000 mEMS vehicles: approx. 420 piece floor conveyors (chain conveyors):conveyor elements: approx. 280 piece length: approx. 1,500 m Highlight: Very fast installation, personal safe worker platform „FPQL“ G05 (2017-2018) EMS KB180 steel construction: approx. 500 tlifting units: 4 piece floor conveyors (chain conveyors):conveyor elements: approx. 500 piece length: approx. 1,520 m Highlight: Implementation of a fast transfer trolley up to 70 m/min, body in white storage for 200 bodies as well as reconstruction of the oldest intersection between bodyshop and paint shop. [...]
  • CEO Wolfgang Kozsar joins the Supervisory Board of ROFA AG as of the 01.01.2021CEO Wolfgang Kozsar joins the Supervisory Board of ROFA AG as of the 01.01.202121. December 2020After 31 years at the helm of the ROFA Group, Wolfgang Kozsar is leaving his position as CEO to join the Supervisory Board of ROFA AG as of the 01.01.2021. Career at ROFA started in 1989.Wolfgang Kozsar can look back on an outstanding career since joining the company in 1989. In 1993, as one of two shareholders and managing directors, he took over the former Rosenheimer Förderanlagen GmbH and has since had a lasting influence on the company. Under his leadership as Chairman of the Board, the ROFA INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION GROUP has grown into a globally active group of companies with a current turnover of EUR 360 million and 1300 employees/*. Wolfgang Kozsar will move to the Supervisory Board of ROFA AG from 01.01.2021 and will thus continue to support the company in an advisory capacity. We thank him for his passionate commitment and wish him all the best for the future. Andreas Bauer: With ROFA for 25 years Andreas Bauer will succeed Mr. Kozsar as Chairman of the Board. We are pleased to be able to fill this key position with a manager from our own company. Andreas Bauer has been with the company for 25 years in various positions and has shown, during the last 8 years in his role as COO, how innovative strength, efficiency and reliability can be combined. His most important tasks now are to carry on the company’s course as a techologically advanced business with a solid foundation of values and to set up and expand all the companies in the ROFA INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION GROUP in a future-oriented manner. [...]
  • ROFA Group trusts in Fortinet Enterprise SecurityROFA Group trusts in Fortinet Enterprise Security30. September 2020In order to master the IT requirements globally, flexibly and efficiently, ROFA Group has been supported by ACP IT Solutions AG for many years. With ACP IT and Fortinet, a unique, comprehensive and automated IT network and security solution (Fortigate Security Fabric) was implemented at the headquarters in Kolbermoor, in collaboration with the ROFA Group’s responsible IT team. All ROFA Group companies benefit from this security solution at the Head Office. The majority of ROFA’s subsidiaries already use this security concept, so that a homogeneous security landscape is created.   Learn more! (video in German) [...]
  • ROFA is “Top Employer in Medium-sized Businesses 2020”ROFA is “Top Employer in Medium-sized Businesses 2020”29. July 2020ROFA INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION AG has been awarded the title “Top Employer in Medium-sized Businesses 2020” by, one of the leading online job portals in German-speaking countries. The intention of the award is to highlight the advantages of medium-sized employers for those looking for jobs. Medium-sized companies, like ROFA INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION AG are attractive employers and have no disadvantages compared to big corporations. Short decision-making processes, good career opportunities, a family and respectful environment and a wide range of responsibilities are just some of the reasons that make jobs in medium-sized companies attractive for job seekers. Especially in challenging times such as those we are currently experiencing, it is important to highlight these strengths when looking for new staff. The signet is a helpful quality characteristic here. Visit our career site and learn more about the ROFA Group as an attractive employer: [...]
  • A great representative of Straubingen’s mechanical engineering industry is quietly saying “FAREWELL”!A great representative of Straubingen’s mechanical engineering industry is quietly saying “FAREWELL”!14. July 2020Josef Moll handed over management of MOLL Automatisierung to his successors on 1 July 2020. As the new mayor of Leiblfing, he is going to focus on the welfare of his home municipality in future. Picture: Josef Moll, former company owner and managing director of MOLL Automatisierung Back in 1985, the year in which a certain Boris Becker was the first German to win the tennis tournament of Wimbledon at the age of only 17, another young man from Lower Bavarian Leiblfing was about to soar high as well. Josef Moll preferred a torque wrench to a tennis racket, however. With his competence in the craft, entrepreneurial courage, and unshakable self-confidence, he combined characteristics that were about perfect for building a company of his own. When he graduated from the master’s school in Passau as Bavaria’s youngest master mechanical engineer at the age of 20, he took over management of MOLL Maschinenbau in the early 1980s. At the time, the company had only four employees. MOLL was still developing and building agricultural machines at the time. It barely made ends meet. Young Josef Moll found that condition intolerable in the long run. In his first year as managing director, he therefore set all gears in motion in order to be listed as a supplier of conveyor facilities the operation previously only knew from catalogues. Looking back, that decision clearly was the most important one in his entire career, laying the basis for a new, successful, and much larger company. After the successful start as a supplier for the automotive industry and the growing entrepreneurial requirements due to this, Josef Moll brought in Franz Bayer as an experienced and competent business partner. The double management started driving the company’s development with outstanding success. Since MOLL quickly grew to exceed the dimensions of the old Eschlbach workshop by far, a production site with an operating area of about 36,000 sqm was built in the new industrial quarter of Leiblfing to keep up with the big players in the automotive supplier industry in terms of capacity as well. When moving into the new corporate site with 28 employees at the time, Moll had recognised that he would need to focus most strongly on services in the area of engineering in future in order to remain competitive in the long run. Based on this insight, he established an independent design department with Manfred Rüth, head of design at the time and later to become his co-manager. Now, the company was able to offer everything from design, to production and assembly, to commissioning from a single source as a general contractor. This was a quantum leap from an entrepreneurial perspective. The hard battle for the OEMs’ favour lasted many years. Eventually, Moll and Bayer acquired their first large order beyond the 10-million-DM threshold in 1996. It quickly became clear that MOLL would prevail in this trial by fire. With such a reference under its belt, the company was able to gradually establish itself as a key player of the automotive industry. It subsequently acquired globally operating OEMs such as Audi, Volkswagen, and Daimler as new customers. Larger order volumes also required more space, of course. Moll outgrew the production capacities of its new building in Leiblfing once again after just a few years. Subsequently, he had the company’s headquarters extended by building two halls (with a useful area of about 3,500 sqm) and expanded the design office (by approx. 250 sqm). After a decade and a half of constant growth, the founder suffered his first entrepreneurial setback in 2001, when a fire started by a technical defect burned the newly constructed second production hall almost down to its foundations. Thanks to the alertness and quick reaction of an employee, the remaining operating premises could be saved from the flames. After rebuilding and the subsequent expansion of the factory by production halls three and four (each with a useful area of about 2,000 sqm), the expansion course could continue unhindered, however, also on a global level. The first large order for the US market was the delivery of conveyor facilities for the BMW factory in Spartanburg/South Carolina in 2003. In the subsequent years, the MOLL staff grew to a headcount of 140, distributed among several sites, e.g. in Leiblfing, Sindelfingen, or Braunschweig. After MOLL Maschinenbau was sold to the Austrian group EK-Finn, Josef Moll watched from afar as “his” company fell into insolvency, not least as a consequence of the global economic crisis in 2009. As the manager of the newly founded engineering office MAT in Perkam, Moll maintained a close enough contact with the directors of ROFA Group at the time that they could eventually be convinced to purchase and integrate newly founded MOLL Automatisierung into their group of companies. The board of ROFA Group, under chairman Wolfgang Kozsar, had one condition for the purchase of MOLL, however: Josef Moll had to return as managing director. Together with Manfred Rüth, Moll faced new challenges in that function in order to bring his own former company back to an economically sound footing. Backed by the group parent ROFA and with great personal commitment, he contacted his old companions to help him return MOLL Automatisierung to calmer waters. His first three years as the new “old” managing director were so successful that another factory hall (with a useful area of approx. 2,500 sqm) had to be built to meet the rising demand to the production capacities. The Moll/Rüth duo eventually returned to the track of success for good in 2014. Since their return, they had been able to increase the company turnover by a magical fifty percent! After optimising structures and processes in the company, driving development of the IT infrastructure on the highest level, and ordering construction of another assembly hall, Josef Moll decided to pass his responsibility on into younger hands. After two years of managing the company together, he finally handed over the management to his successors Stefan Bauer and Thomas Wittmann on 1 July 2020. Josef Moll retiring? – Impossible! What is likely going to be his last big project is all about his home region: the Leiblfing municipality. Freshly elected as mayor there, he has a clear idea of his future creative and productive contributions, similar to the manner in which he built his company. He wants to make this vision come true in the years ahead. The chances for this are quite good. After all, he is known as someone who has always been true to his word! As managing director of MOLL Automatisierung, Josef Moll will be remembered as someone who… still knew all employees in person and always considered their private lives in everyday work gave every employee the feeling that they were an important part of his company spoke his mind and convinced others on technical and interpersonal levels always strove to maintain a balance between private life and work always considered social commitment essential places importance on values and traditions, in particular those of Bavaria was, all in all, a down-to-earth managing director throughout the time that he was responsible for the company, with great passion, empathy, and enthusiasm that is rare in these days! The entire staff at MOLL Automatisierung, including managing directors Stefan Bauer, Thomas Wittmann, and the board of directors of ROFA group, thank Josef Moll for his many wonderful years of cooperation, and for more than 250 secure jobs in the Straubing-Bogen district. Thank you, “Sepp”, and all the best for your future! [...]
  • New Automated Guided VehicleNew Automated Guided Vehicle17. February 2020The innovation “Caesar PN-1.0 MYk” is a platform truck that has been specially designed to meet the needs of the automotive industry. The automated guided vehicle (FTF) is an upgrade of the “Caesar” series of MLR System, which are already used by well-known car manufacturers. The new platform truck dimensions are 1,700 mm × 900 mm × 280 mm and is transport loads up to 1,000 kg. For convenient loading, the flat vehicles are equipped with a lifting unit that can be jacked to 177 mm if required. The drive concept with two combined travel and steering axles allows unlimited mobility in all directions. According to the Ludwigsburg-based company, these are the best conditions for high flexibility with little space available.The automated “Caesar” platform truck travels at a speed of up to 1.5 m/s, has a modern energy concept and allows long running times with short loading cycles. Safety equipment such as personal security scanners, blue spots and 3D cameras for obstacle detection meet the highest standards for accident-free operation, also in interaction with people. Matching the design and colour scheme of its parent company ROFA, the new transport vehicle “Caesar PN-1.0 MYk” now comes in blue. [...]
  • Progress through know-howProgress through know-how13. February 2020Electric mobility, car sharing, autonomous driving: The automotive industry is currently undergoing a profound transformation. As a supplier of conveyor systems and special machinery, MOLL Automatisierung GmbH has recently been able to play a major role in the reconstruction of automobile plants. And the Leiblfing-based company also sees itself well prepared for the coming years. Image: Managing directors of MOLL Automatisierung GmbH (from left to right: Stefan Bauer, Josef Moll, Thomas Wittmann) The change has long been reflected in forecasts: by 2030, it is predicted, that every third new vehicle registered in Europe will be electrically powered, and in China it is even expected to be almost every second. Alternative mobility concepts such as car sharing are said to make up ten to 15 percent of total car sales by then. Technical advances in the field of autonomous driving will significantly change the design and functional equipment of vehicles over the next 15 to 20 years. For many automotive suppliers, this means drastic changes in their business models, combined with the risk of losing their place in the race between technologies and their various suppliers. MOLL Automatisierung, the Leiblfing-based supplier of conveyor systems and special machines, a member of the ROFA Group, has been able to adapt to this technological change in time. “We are currently in the privileged position of being involved in the reconstruction of automotive plants of all well-known OEMs. In 2019, this has brought us a total turnover of well over 100 million euros”, sums up Managing Director Josef Moll. In view of the increasing competition from China or Eastern Europe, we must keep an eye on the market, but there are still areas where the quality work of German engineers is in demand. In 2019, this has brought us a total turnover of well over 100 million euros”, sums up Managing Director Josef Moll. In view of the increasing competition from China or Eastern Europe, it is true that we must keep an eye on the market, but there are still areas where the quality work of German engineers is in demand. In particular, Moll sees problems in the area of simple conveyor technology: “It is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with foreign competitors in terms of price. This means that our product portfolio must be adapted to the new situation. We need to invest more in special mechanical engineering and automation technology, because here in particular, engineering know-how and product quality still count more than the price itself”. Marriage stations – the assembly of body and chassis – is one of the driving forces of MOLL Automatisierung. In this business sector, projects in Germany, South Africa and Mexico generated a sales of over 30 million euros in 2019. “We delivered our first marriage in 2003 for BMW in Dingolfing. Since then, we have developed into one of the top 5 suppliers worldwide. Our goal is to expand our position in the coming years and become more or less independent of developments in drive technologies. Because one thing is certain: even an electric car consists of a body and a chassis” jokes Moll. Accordingly, the company is aggressively facing the current economic downturn in the automotive industry. Moll: “Many suppliers are currently struggling with order bottlenecks or short-time work. On the other hand, after the final expansion of our production facilities, we can concentrate on expanding our engineering and building up the necessary know-how in this way. We hope that this will give us a decisive advantage in the upcoming years”. [...]
  • ROFA AG is granted the certificate of eligibility for central bankROFA AG is granted the certificate of eligibility for central bank12. February 2020Companies which have been rated as eligible by the Bundesbank’s credit assessment may be regarded by the Bundesbank and other Eurosystem central banks for monetary policy purposes in the same way as companies which have been rated investment grade by one of the rating agencies acknowledged by the Eurosystem for monetary policy purposes, i.e. credit claims against such companies are eligible as collateral for monetary policy operations of the Bundesbank and other Eurosystem central banks. For ROFA INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION AG, the acknowledged credit rating is of great importance in national and international business transactions. With this certificate the company is classified as a particularly creditworthy and Europe-wide recognized business partner. [...]