Miba takes over business division Off-road of HOERBIGER

  • Miba continues to focus on its expansion strategy and takes over HOERBIGER Drive Technology’s friction lining business for off-road vehicles
  • Miba strengthens its global presence in friction linings, a strategic core segment
  • Miba Friction Group grows by more than half and reaches a global leading market position in the segment Off-road
  • Incremental relocation of production to Miba sites is to begin in early 2011 and creates more than 100 new jobs

Miba and HOERBIGER agreed to gradually transfer the off-road vehicle business of HOERBIGER Drive Technology to Miba beginning January 1, 2011. Over the course of the 2011 business year, production of friction discs for off-road vehicles is to be handed over from Schongau, Germany to Miba sites in Austria and Slovakia step by step. Miba takes over HOERBIGER Drive Technology Pvt. Ltd. in Pune, India, on January 1, 2011.

“With the takeover of HOERBIGER’s friction lining production, Miba is continuing its successful expansion. We are growing in one of our strategic core areas, friction, and we are joining together the activities of two experienced partners. The new site in India expands Miba’s global network, providing our customers with the best possible support through local production,” says Peter Mitterbauer, Miba CEO. Miba Friction Group grows by more than half and reaches a global leading market position in the strategic segment Off-road.

For more than 30 years, Miba Friction Group has been a development partner and supplier of high-performance friction linings for the international motor vehicle and machinery industry. Friction linings are the decisive factor in the performance of vehicle clutches and brakes, and serve to optimize speed and power. In the area of off-road vehicles, friction linings are used in clutch and brake systems in construction machinery, tractors, marine vessels and special-purpose vehicles. Miba Friction Group operates four sites, located in Roitham, Austria; Vráble, Slovakia; Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA; and Pune, India.

The takeover of HOERBIGER Drive Technology machinery and equipment as well as their relocation from Schongau, Germany, to the Miba sites in Roitham and Vráble, is to take place gradually beginning in January 2011. In the medium term, Miba creates more than 100 new jobs on the two sites. The Miba Friction Group presently has 560 employees.

“A professional relocation project being carried out by two experienced and reliable companies will ensure that our customers are continuously provided with technologically sophisticated friction systems,” says Peter Mitterbauer. Miba and HOERBIGER share the same high standards of quality and supply capacity. By bringing together the know-how as well as development and production skills of two longstanding successful companies in the area of friction systems, Miba offers its customers an even more comprehensive global service in the future.