Autoquip Corporation acquires German company J.A. Becker & Söhne

JAB is a leading player in lifting platform technology and industrial compressors.

JAB is a leading player in lifting platform technology and industrial compressors.

Autoquip Corporation announced today it has acquired J.A. Becker & Söhne (JAB) of Erlenbach, Germany. The company specializes in the highly engineered and heavy-duty lifting technology for OEM production and MRO platforms for commercial vehicles, military & defense, rail cars and light transit, as well as medium and high-pressure industrial air compressors specially tailored for nitrogen, helium, and natural gas applications.

“We are very pleased and excited to welcome JAB into the Autoquip family,” said Chris Kuehni, President of Autoquip. “There are growth opportunities for both companies to expand their markets and product offerings, fitting our strategy of acquiring complementary, high-quality, and differentiated businesses. Their lift platform technology provides us with access to another adjacent market where Autoquip has not targeted previously, opening doors to attracting light rail transit (LRT) transitioning cities and customers in the U.S. Both product lines from JAB expedite our progress towards providing solutions that assist in achieving their sustainability targets and goals.”

“We are thrilled to be under the guidance of Alexander Kraus, Managing Director of JAB, whose seven years of operational experience on the compressor business has been instrumental in leading the company,” Kuehni continued. “In 2020, he also assumed responsibility for the lift business, and with his capable direction and the dedicated support of the entire staff, we feel confident and well-guided on this journey. The company culture and product portfolio ideally complement that of Autoquip, making this a perfect match.” ad

“The acquisition is a strategic fit, supported by the significant commonalities between the two companies,” addd Kraus. “Both companies have recently achieved significant milestones with J.A. Becker & Söhne in business for 125 years and Autoquip Corporation for 75 years.  Each have built a strong reputation for highly engineered lifting products with superior quality and reliability, along with customer trust attributing to their longevity. We are thrilled to be part of the organization which is poised to significantly enhance our future strength and stability, and one that shares our core company values.”