Does the change of owners mean that everything is suddenly different?
Well, no actually, not everything. I mean, we’re still doing what we do best, but many aspects, such as marketing, for instance, need to take a backseat for a while until the new organizational structure is in place and the two parties have gotten to know each other.
What actually happened after the break-up of GIMAEX?
The GIMEAX Group was split up into its component companies, and it has been possible to continue almost all of them as going concerns and transfer their ownership to various other corporate groups. We’re the only one that’s become part of the Spanish-based ITURRI Group. Other companies have become part of the Desautel Group or the Klubb Group in France, for example. One Seven of Germany now belongs to Schmitz Fire and Rescue, formerly Meinicke Fahrzeugservice, which previously had no relationship with GIMAEX.
What are ITURRI’s objectives in Germany?
In Germany, the ITURRI Group would like to seamlessly build on the legacy of the original Schmitz Feuerwehr- und Umwelttechnik, which became GIMAEX-Schmitz Fire and Rescue before becoming GIMAEX. We would like to expand our role as the bodywork manufacturer of choice for high-end special-purpose vehicles and continue our tradition as a manufacturer of hazardous-materials apparatus vehicles, command center vehicles and other specialized trucks, as well as special-purpose firefighting trucks. In doing so, we will be able to leverage the synergies made possible by our membership of the ITURRI Group.