Ruthmann takes on France Elévateur distribution

By Euan Youdale18 October 2022

Ruthmann Holdings has taken over the exclusive distribution and maintenance of France Elévateur products in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The arrangement follows parent company Time Manufacturing’s acquisition of Ruthmann and FE Group, which incorporates France Elévateur. It will see all current orders and contracts taken over by Ruthmann, and FE Deutschland’s premises in Leipzig becoming a Ruthmann maintenance centre.

France Elevateur - Leipzig France Elévateur’s base in Leipzig.

The company has distributed Time’s Versalift products in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for more than 10 years. Charles Goffin, director of France Elévateur, said, “Ruthmann is synonymous with quality and reliability, and we are delighted to have our subsidiary join the company’s maintenance centres. We are also confident that we will work together with Ruthmann to develop our sales in Germany and strengthen our presence in the country.”

Uwe Strotmann, managing director of Ruthmann Holdings, said this was the next step towards the development of the companies. “We are proud to distribute France Elévateur products in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and are pleased to be able to serve our customers even

Service updates

Ruthmann German service The Ruthmann service network in Germany.

Following the acquisitions, the German subsidiary of France Elévateur will also join Ruthmann’s service network in the country, which has its main base in Münsterland.

FE Deutschland, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, is based in the Saxon region of Leipzig and currently employs around ten people who service aerial work platforms.

The FE Deutschland team will join the 140 employees in seven Ruthmann service centres in Germany. This integration, said FE, will enable Ruthmann to better serve and meet the needs of our customers in the vicinity of Leipzig.

Thomas Rammelt, managing director of FE Deutschland, will now be responsible for the group’s railway machinery division in Germany and abroad.

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