Garz & Fricke celebrated the opening of the new company headquarters in Schlachthofstraße 20 in Hamburg-Harburg on 07.02.2020 with almost 500 invited guests. After a speech by the managing directors Manfred Garz and Matthias Fricke, in which the previous successes and further growth targets of the company were discussed, the cosy part of the evening followed with a rich buffet, live music by the band Zack Zillis and a DJ set. Throughout the day, the guests of the HMI and panel PC specialist were able to get a first-hand impression of the new production facility in several guided tours. The new company headquarters in the immediate vicinity of the Hamburg-Harburg train station and the Technical University includes service and production areas as well as offices with a total area of 8,000 m2 including new laboratory areas. The newly built production hall with its clear material flow structure and new SMD assembly system is adaptable, so that in future it will be possible to react flexibly to new customer orders including high production volumes.
The employees of Garz & Fricke moved into the new company headquarters in October 2019 - on February 7th, 2020, the grand opening ceremony at Schlachthofstraße 20 followed in the presence of almost 500 invited guests. After tours through the new production facilities, the company founders and managing directors Manfred Garz and Matthias Fricke addressed the guests and participating staff. In his speech, Matthias Fricke particularly emphasized the expansion of the HMI and panel PC specialist in recent years: In 2019, a management team was established, the development department was merged and expanded, and sales and marketing were strengthened. With the takeover of the software service provider e-GITS GmbH from Stuttgart in March 2019, the development of the group of companies into the leading one-stop shop system provider of HMIs, vending machines and payment systems was accelerated. The managing director also pointed out the recently announced acquisition of Keith & Koep: "We have known and valued Keith & Koep for over 20 years. While we supply our customers with Single Board Computers and Human Machine Interfaces as well as application software, our new partner specializes in System on Modules. With this acquisition we will become a special size for ARM-based embedded boards in Europe with 180 employees".
Focus on organic growth
Manfred Garz then focused on the company's previous successes and further goals. "The acquisition of Keith & Koep provides us with growth opportunities for our products in the MedTech sector and the opportunity to establish Keith & Koep's System on Modules with our customers in the United States. In addition, by pooling our expertise, we will be able to jointly develop new products with a high degree of innovation that will benefit all our customers.“ According to the managing director, Garz & Fricke was able to increase its turnover and expects a further increase for 2020. A significant part of this is due to the high quality products from the embedded systems sector. And also the cashless payment terminal for vending machines TOPP - KarL4 is on its way to becoming the number 1 in cigarette vending machines.
The positive perspectives as well as the new building were appreciated by the attending guests with great enthusiasm and an exuberant celebration into the late evening hours.