QSIL acquires traditional company Barat Ceramics.

Luftbild vom Standort Auma-Weidatal
The location in Auma-Weidatal

4 January 2019 − Thuringian solution opens up new sales markets, long-term stability and brings synergies: With the purchase of the ceramics expert from Auma-Weidatal, the QSIL Group from Ilmenau reaches the sales mark of 100 million euros.

Barat Ceramics GmbH looks back on a similar past as QSIL: Founded out of the combine VEB Keramische Werke Hermsdorf, the company has developed over the past 25 years into a sought-after solution provider with products made of technical special ceramics.

For QSIL co-owner Stephan Behr, the acquisition has a personal component in addition to the further diversification of the group of companies and the mutual opportunities in technology and sales. He was born near Auma and spent much of his youth in Zeulenroda. The “Thuringian solution,” as he calls the company acquisition, is designed to take advantage of the proximity of the sites and cultural similarities to cooperate and grow together.

Five million euros will be invested in the Auma site by 2021 and international sales will be strengthened. Michael Keitz, Chief Financial Officer of QSIL, will ask Thuringia’s Minister of Economics Wolfgang Tiefensee during his visit to Auma on January 9, 2019, how the Thuringian state government can support this project. Following the successful growth of the group with production sites in Ilmenau, Auma and Winschoten (Netherlands), QSIL will be classified as a “large company” from 2019 and is therefore – just like the large DAX groups – excluded from support for a significant capacity expansion.

Company profile Barat Ceramics GmbH

Barat Ceramics GmbH is a traditional and at the same time future-oriented internationally active company based in Auma, Thuringia/Germany. For more than 100 years, the company has been engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of products made of technical ceramics. Today, it offers customers a wide range of modern high-performance oxide ceramic materials. Various system solutions made of metal-ceramic compounds are also part of the portfolio.

The company distributes ceramic components from its own production worldwide on four continents and is particularly active in the fields of medical technology, plant engineering and mechanical engineering,
measurement and control technology, life science, and ballistics.



QSIL Ceramics GmbH

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Ilmenau, Auma-Weidatal

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