Goldhofer continues strategic development

30 November 2018
BISON (pictured) is one of several new additions to the Goldhofer product portfolio in recent years. Source: Ramon Lopez

Ground support equipment (GSE) manufacturer Goldhofer continues to grow internationally, especially in the North American market, as it seeks a broad customer base for a range of new products and services.

Airport GSE currently accounts for 40% of the overall Goldhofer business but Lothar Holder, head of airport technology, told Jane’s that “the airport side of our business is growing faster” than other sectors.

As reported by Jane’s , the Germany-headquartered company unveiled the BISON family of aircraft tow tractors in early October 2018 at the International Airport GSE Expo in Las Vegas, and it launched the SHERPA line of tractors in October 2017 at inter airport Europe in Munich. Another relatively new product (the PHOENIX towbarless tractor, launched in 2015) means that Goldhofer has extensively refreshed its product portfolio in recent years.

Goldhofer is decentralising and expanding internationally. In 2017 it acquired Florida-based Flite Line, which had provided the German firm with sales, spare parts support, and technical services since the early 2000s. Flite Line also provides similar services to Rheinmetall (airstart systems), Hitzinger (ground power units) and Esterer (refuelers), but it stopped representing Trepel – a rival of Goldhofer – after the acquisition.

The existing 10,000 ft 2 (929 m 2 ) Flite Line spare parts storage facility is being replaced with a 40,000 ft 2 facility for additional parts warehousing and ‘zero-time’ overhaul and refurbishment of Goldhofer products, which is not currently offered. The site will also be used for final assembly of selected Goldhofer equipment within three to five years, said Flite Line chief financial officer Michael Collazo.

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