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GBA Group is extending its regional presence in southern Germany by acquiring the service laboratory Görtler Analytical Services GmbH in Vaterstetten near Munich. The acquisition is part of the Group's strategic objective of supplying environmental analytic services nationwide. Meanwhile, Görtler will benefit by expanding their service portfolio, particularly in the area of pollutants and contaminants (asbestos, dioxins and pesticides).

The GBA Group now includes IVARIO, the operator of an online platform for testing drinking water for end users (, as a member of its corporate family. With this acquisition, customers will benefit more directly from the expertise of the GBA laboratories going forward. In addition, the foundation has been laid for the further joint development of additional online testing services for private households in Germany and western Europe. The three IVARIO founders will remain on board: while Söhnke Mücke sets the course as Chief Executive, Saskia Gerber and Sascha Zielinski will assist GBA as advisers.

Effective July 30, 2019, tmp GmbH automation & engineering has joined the SCIO Automation family. The service provider for automation solutions based in Dinslaken develops complex software solutions for industrial use with a focus on commissioning. Among its customers are companies active in mechanical and plant engineering as well as in the manufacturing industry. Thereby SCIO, the automation platform founded at the beginning of 2019, is continuing its successful growth.

The AUTKOM group has joined SCIO Automation, as of 30 July 2019. The company, based in Ladenburg, Germany, specialises in the areas of automation and communication technology as well as functional safety. Its customers are mainly from the automotive, environmental technology and chemical industry. Therefore, the automation platform created by the merger of Vescon and Schiller now comprises three companies.

The automation platform created through the merger of Vescon and Schiller in January 2019 is now called SCIO Automation. SCIO Automation is a medium-sized business platform which includes several independently acting companies in the field of industrial automation technology as well as high-quality engineering and commissioning services. SCIO Automation will further strengthen the group with complementary acquisitions.

Just four months after the market launch of LR LIFETAKT 5in1 Beauty Elixir, LR Health & Beauty is happy to receive the German Brand Award 2019. In the “Excellent Brands” competition, the jury selected the innovation in the “Beauty & Care” category as one of the best product brands in the industry. In addition, it was distinguished with a “Special Mention” in the cross-industry category “Product of the Year” which is awarded by the jury for special aspects of brand management. LR group, headquartered in Ahlen in Westphalia, produces and markets over 600 different beauty and health products in 28 countries and is considered one of the leading direct sales companies in Europe.

Good news from BURGERISTA: The premium burger chain was honoured for its brand appearance in 2019 for a second time in a row. This year, BURGERISTA even won twice: the brand experts awarded the fast food restaurants the prize for best brand in the category “Excellent Brands – Fast Moving Consumer Goods” while also winning in the higher level category of “Excellent Brands – Product Brand of the Year” as the best product brand 2019. The company currently operates eighteen of its own restaurants in Germany and Austria, while location number 19 in Vienna is the first restaurant to be operated by a franchisee.

Innovation readiness rewarded: HEDRICH was able to score at the Digital Champions Award 2019 with its smart production in the category “Digital Processes & Organisations”. Prior to this, the plant manufacturer from Ehringshausen near Giessen had already won in the local preliminary competition in the category “Digital Processes and Organisation”. The joint award from Telekom and WirtschaftsWoche set itself the goal to honour the most important projects from medium-sized companies and bring them to the attention of a wider public. HEDRICH accepted the prize at the DIGITAL X MIDWEST in Offenbach.

In January 2019, the anti-trust authorities approved the merger of the two groups Vescon and Schiller into a new holding. Funds advised by Quadriga Capital supported the merger as majority shareholders to continue the successful growth of the companies, to invest in staff and innovation and thereby to further strengthen the automation platform by means of complementary acquisitions. Michael Goepfarth will lead the automation platform as Managing Director.

With the takeover of ANALYTIKUM Umweltlabor GmbH in Merseburg, GBA is expanding its presence in the regions of Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony and has taken an important regional step on its way to offer environmental analysis throughout Germany. ANALYTIKUM is seen as one of the leading companies in the region for water and soil analysis.