About us

We are an industrial holding company with steady growth, which originates from acquisitions as well as the organic development of our group companies.

Entrepreneurs with long track record

We started building VTC from the mid 1990ies. At that time we were one of the first private equity firms in Germany, investing external capital mostly from high net worth individuals. Since 2004 we are able to live our dream: by investing our own equity, we became entrepreneurs ourselves. This allows us to take a long view concerning VTC and its group companies. Unlike a private equity investor, we have no exit focus.

Holding with added value

As sparring partners for the top management of our group companies we provide support in strategic discussions or selected projects. Our group companies are fully independent of each other, and the holding does not provide any central functions for the group. We emphasize the importance of flexibility and quick decision making.

Professional acquirer

Our strong experience and solid financial background (our holding is fully equity financed) makes us a trusted partner for corporates or entrepreneurs in divestment processes. Due to our lean structure we can take quick decisions and offer flexible deal structures. Being entrepreneurs ourselves helps us to understand the motivation and  emotions of private sellers.

Strong corporate values

Our team has grown organically over the last 20 years. The resulting company culture is based on strong values, which we carry into our group companies. We rate the long term impact of our actions higher than short term financial results. An investment in a company is also a commitment from our side towards customers, employees and financing partners.

Our Values

VTC in Numbers

EUR > 500 m
> 4.500
EUR 300 m
up to EUR 50 m
equity per transaction

The VTC Team

Natalia Chaban
Natalia Chaban
Finance Director

Natalia Chaban joined VTC in July 2021 as Finance Director. She is responsible for finance, taxes, treasury and consolidated financial statements at holding level.

Previously, Natalia Chaban worked for many years in auditing and audit-related consulting at one of the Big Four companies as well as at large medium-sized auditing and tax consulting firms, most recently as an associate partner. During this time, she worked as an auditor/tax consultant for both medium-sized family-run companies as well as capital market-oriented corporates.

Natalia Chaban holds a degree in economics from the University of Ulm and successfully passed both professional examinations as German Certified Public Accountant and tax consultant.

Sara Grauenhorst
Sara Grauenhorst
HR Manager

Sara joined VTC in 2021. She is responsible for Human Resource Management and is involved in the support of the group companies.

Before joining VTC Sara worked for Eversheds Sutherland in Munich, where she was responsible for all HR issues of the Practice Groups Litigation & Dispute Management and Employment Law. During this time she supported the firm in the context of various restructurings in all HR-related topics.

Sara holds a Bachelor of Laws degree with a focus on Human Resource Management from the FOM Hochschule für Oekonomie & Management, Munich.

Philipp Härtel
Philipp Härtel
Investment Analyst

Philipp Härtel is with VTC since 2020. He works on current transactions and is screening potential investment opportunities and markets.

Before joining VTC he worked in the M&A team of Harris Williams in Frankfurt, where he was involved in buyside and sell side mandates. Moreover, he gained previous experience at Gimv, KPMG and ING Corporate Finance.

Philipp holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Econometrics and Operations Research from Maastricht University as well as a Master of Science degree with focus on Corporate Finance from the Rotterdam School of Management.

Jürgen Leuze
Jürgen Leuze
Managing Partner

In the early years of VTC Jürgen worked on a number of industry roll ups and held management positions in portfolio companies. Since then he has responsible for many transactions and gained broad experience in the industrials and renewables space. Jürgen is in charge of Baettr Holding GmbH.

Before his time at university he worked as a trainee for HypoVereinsbank AG in Munich. He is an active shareholder in the Leuze family business.

Jürgen holds a business degree (lic.oec.HSG) from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Stefan Leuze
Stefan Leuze
Managing Partner

Stefan has overseen a number of VTC‘s transactions in Germany and Switzerland, mostly in the mechanical and plant engineering businesses. He is in charge of Sesotec GmbH and JK Group.

Before joining VTC Stefan was partner in a turnaround consulting firm where he also took on interim management positions. He started his career as a trainee at HypoVereinsbank AG and later worked for Bain & Company in Munich and London.

Stefan serves as a board member of the Leuze Group.

He has a business degree from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich.

Julius Mährlein
Julius Mährlein
Investment Director

Julius joined VTC in 2015. He works on transactions as well as portfolio management tasks.

From 2011 to 2014 he worked for GCA Altium and was involved in numerous buy side and sell side mandates, mainly in consumer goods and retail. In addition he was able to gain in-depth capital markets know how.

Julius holds Bachelor and Master of Science in International Business degrees from Maastricht University, Netherlands.

Richard G. Ramsauer
Richard G. Ramsauer
Managing Partner

During his time at VTC Richard was responsible for a number of transactions in the industrials, infrastructure and electronics space. He manages VTC’s interests in FRIWO AG. He is also in charge of public relations at VTC.

Before joining VTC Richard worked for Bain & Company as a project manager in the Munich and Stockholm offices. During his time at Bain he focused on strategy work and efficiency programs in the industrials and commodities sectors. Richard also spends some time on his forestry estate in Austria.

Richard is an Austrian citizen and holds a business degree from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland and an MBA from the University of Chicago, USA.


Dr. Thomas Robl
Dr. Thomas Robl
Managing Partner

Before co-founding VTC in 1992 Thomas had worked for IMM Industrie Management München, back then one of the first private equity firms in Germany.

During his time at VTC Thomas applied his long experience at numerous transactions. In the early years of VTC he initiated and implemented a number of industry roll-ups and took on executive positions in portfolio companies. Thomas co-founded one of the leading German private equity fund-of-funds and today is a member of the company’s supervisory board.

Thomas holds a PhD (Dr.rer.nat.) in physics from the Technische Universität Munich and an INSEAD MBA, France.

Dr. Ulrich Wolfrum
Dr. Ulrich Wolfrum

Since 2000 Ulrich has worked on numerous transactions at VTC. In addition he chaired strategic projects and add-on acquisitions at portfolio companies. He is responsible for deal sourcing at VTC and is the contact person for investment banks and M&A advisors.

Ulrich started his career at A.T. Kearney in Munich and Dusseldorf. There he focused on efficiency programs and strategy development in the consumer goods, retail and energy sectors, where he could apply the experiences from his family business.

Ulrich holds a business degree and a PhD in business from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich.


Currently we offer the following vacancies:

Investment Associate (m/w/d)

Majority shareholdings

Baettr Holding GmbH

Baettr is a leading component supplier for the wind industry. The company is specialized in the serial production of large cast products for on- and off-shore markets incl. CNC-machining, metal finishing as well as subassembly offerings according to customer specifications. The international footprint with three foundries, two machining and two surface treatment facilities in Europe and Asia is ideally positioned to serve its customers worldwide.

Stade (Germany)
Sales (EUR m):

FRIWO AG is an internationally operating systems provider developing, producing and marketing high-performance, high-quality hard- and software solutions along the electrical drive train. FRIWO’s main market segments are e-mobility, household appliances and tools, medical equipment and industrial applications. Based on a global manufacturing and sourcing footprint, FRIWO is able to deliver leading edge technology at highly competitive prices.

Ostbevern (Germany)
Sales (EUR m):
JK-Gruppe GmbH

JK Group is a worldwide leading manufacturer of devices for the tanning, fitness, and beauty industry. At the Company’s headquarter in Windhagen (Germany), JK develops and produces devices under the brand names “Ergoline”, “Beauty Angel”, “Sun Angel” and “Wellsystem”. The fields of application include cosmetic tanning, red light and near infrared applications for skin care as well as dry water massage.

Windhagen (Germany)
Sales (EUR m):
Sesotec GmbH

Sesotec develops and manufactures machines and systems for the detection and separation of contaminants, for product inspection and for the sorting of material flows. Product sales primarily focus on the global food, plastics, pharmaceutical, wood, textile, and recycling industries. Sesotec’s global market leadership is based on a high competence in a wide range of technologies. The leading facility for design, development and manufacturing is located in Germany. Sesotec’s export quota amounts to over 50%.

Schönberg (Germany)
Sales (EUR m):


We are constantly looking for new investments for further growth. Due to our lean decision making processes any new investment opportunity will be analyzed quickly by our team. We have earned a reputation for finding creative solutions suited for every new transaction. Since we invest our own money, we think long term and do not focus on exit strategies.

We are looking for companies which fulfill the following criteria:

We have no sector focus. In the past we have done transactions in manufacturing, services and wholesale.

Our group companies range from EUR 75m to EUR 240m in sales. Even with substantial growth potential investments should have revenues of at least EUR 10m.
We also look for add on acquisitions for our portfolio companies which can be smaller.

Investment amount and regional focus:
We are looking for majority stakes but will also consider a qualified minority. We invest equity tickets of up to EUR 50m per deal, in case of larger transactions we would work with a partner.
Our regional focus lies on Germany, and neighbouring countries.


FRIWO im dritten Quartal 2018 mit erwartungsgemäßer Geschäft...

FRIWO im dritten Quartal 2018 mit erwartungsgemäßer Geschäft...

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FRIWO im dritten Quartal 2018 mit erwartungsgemäßer Geschäft...

FRIWO im dritten Quartal 2018 mit erwartungsgemäßer Geschäft...

Ostbevern, 8. November 2018 – Die FRIWO AG hat sich im dritten Quartal 2018 erwartungsgemäß entwickelt. Die bereits zum Ende des zweiten Quartals verstärkt auftretenden Lieferengpässe bei wichtigen elektronischen Bauteilen auf den internationalen Beschaffungsmärkten wirkten sich – wie angekündigt – auch im Zeitraum Juli bis September dämpfend auf Umsatzentwicklung und Ertragslage aus. Zudem hatten bereits im ersten Halbjahr mehrere Kunden kurzfristig Projekte verschoben oder storniert. Der Vorstand hat durch Vorratskäufe bei knappen Bauteilen und durch das Vorhalten von weltweiten Produktionskapazitäten Gegenmaßnahmen ergriffen, die ein gutes Schlussquartal 2018 erwarten lassen.

Der Konzernumsatz des Herstellers von hochwertigen Ladegeräten, Stromversorgungen, Akkupacks und LED-Treibern erreichte von Januar bis September dieses Jahres 86,9 Mio. Euro, das sind 20,1 Prozent weniger als im gleichen Vorjahreszeitraum (108,8 Mio. Euro). Grund hierfür sind die andauernden Lieferengpässe bei wichtigen Bauteilen. Währungsbereinigt, also auf Basis gleicher Vorjahreskurse, lag der Konzernumsatz bei 90,7 Mio. Euro (-16,6 Prozent).

Der Auftragsbestand lag per Ende September 2018 um 8,7 Prozent unter dem Wert am gleichen Stichtag des Vorjahres. Zum 30. Juni hatte der Rückstand noch 14,4 Prozent auf den entsprechenden Vorjahresstichtag betragen.

Das Konzernergebnis vor Zinsen und Steuern (EBIT) verringerte sich in den ersten neun Monaten von 7,5 Mio. Euro im gleichen Vorjahreszeitraum auf 3,7 Mio. Euro. Der Rückgang resultierte im Wesentlichen aus dem Umsatzrückgang und konnte nur zu einem kleinen Teil über Kostenreduzierungen an den eigenen Produktionsstandorten kompensiert werden. Zudem ergaben sich Mehrkosten durch die Anpassung der Produktionskapazitäten in Asien an die Auftragslage sowie durch die Neuausrichtung der Produktion in Europa.

FRIWO schloss die ersten neun Monate mit einem Gewinn nach Steuern von 2,2 Mio. Euro ab (Vorjahreszeitraum: 5,1 Mio. Euro).


Die FRIWO-Gruppe beschäftigte zum 30. September 2018 weltweit 1.697 Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter (Vorjahresende 2017: 1.943). Die Mitarbeiteranzahl in Vietnam wurde an die reduzierte Auftragslage angepasst. In Deutschland blieb die Mitarbeiterzahl mit 265 Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeitern nahezu unverändert (31. Dezember 2017: 262). In China sank die Mitarbeiteranzahl im Vergleich zum Vorjahresende von 41 auf 22 Personen, vor allem wegen der Verschiebung der dortigen Entwicklungskapazitäten nach Vietnam.

Rolf Schwirz, Vorstandsvorsitzender (CEO) der FRIWO AG: „Dieses Jahr ist für FRIWO sicher kein einfaches. Die Beschaffungsmärkte, aber auch veränderte Kundenanforderungen verlangen uns einiges ab. Deshalb verstärken wir intern unsere zahlreichen Initiativen, um die Innovationskraft zu fördern, Kundennähe und Kundenzufriedenheit zu erhöhen und unsere Prozesse effizienter zu gestalten. Die Effekte aus diesen vielfältigen Maßnahmen sollten im kommenden Jahr Wirkung zeigen.“

Ausblick auf das Gesamtjahr 2018

Trotz der anhaltenden Lieferengpässe bei verschiedenen Bauteilen und der damit verbundenen möglichen Verzögerungen bei der Auftragsbearbeitung blickt FRIWO optimistisch auf das Schlussquartal 2018. Der Vorstand ist zuversichtlich, dass die ergriffenen Gegenmaßnahmen auf der Beschaffungsseite Wirkung zeigen werden. Vor diesem Hintergrund geht er für das Gesamtjahr 2018 weiterhin von einem Konzernumsatz in der Größenordnung von 125 Mio. Euro (2017: 141,3 Mio. Euro) und einem Konzern-EBIT von einem Wert zwischen 6,5 Mio. Euro und 7,5 Mio. Euro aus (2017: 10,0 Mio. Euro).

FRIWO AG - Britta Wolff - Investor Relations
Tel.: +49 (0) 2532 / 81-118