Germany-based Gebrüder Eberhard is a leading manufacturer of components for the tool, mould and jig construction industries today. With the third generation now on-board, cousins Manuel and Fabien Eberhard will continue the success story of the family business.
The cousins Manuel and Fabien Eberhard, who are son and nephew of managing partner Roland Eberhard respectively, will lead the business together. Gebrüder Eberhard recorded a turnover of € 96.5 million in 2016 and has over now 500 employees.
Manuel E. wrote his doctorate thesis on the internationalisation of family businesses and has worked for logistics company GLS apart from an electric wholesaler and a plastics processing company.
Fabian E., an industrial engineer, gained experience at aerospace supplier Ruag in Munich.
In 1933, brothers Eugen and Willi E. started the company manufacturing electric circuit breakers. The two brothers also designed and manufactured the tools required themselves. Eugen E. constructed hole punches individually and thus laid the foundation for the strong hold in the production of tooling components, the company says. Having lost Eugen E. in the Second World War, Willi E. continued with reconstructing the company after the war and passed this on to Roland and Ulrich Eberhard in the second generation. Gebrüder Eberhard has grown in the meantime into three areas, namely, tool technology in Nordheim, electric wholesale and the kitchen design studio in Heilbronn, with branches in Gornau near Chemnitz (wholesaler) and Ohrdruf near Gotha (tool technology) supplying customers worldwide.
The three business areas of the components company will be continued as one unit. Fabian E. comments: “It is important that we get on well with each other. But our most valued asset for success is our employees.”
For the current year, the company has made a commitment of five million euros to invest in the future. Among the projects planned is the installation of a gas-fuelled combined heat and power plant for the branch in Nordheim. According to Eberhard, this will provide part of the power supply for the production there. Also, the exhaust heat produced will then be converted into cold air, which will in turn be used to cool machines as well as to cool the production hall in summer. This affirms Roland E., noting: "Environment has always been an important topic for us and it is just as important for the next generation.”