In Dieter Braun, we have found a company that reaps great benefits from the increasing number of intelligent components and automotive electrification.
Key facts at a glance
- Growth drivers: Increasing proportion of electrical and electronic components in vehicles
- Further efficiency gains following the completion of a new head office and logistics centre
- Increasing productivity by utilising automation solutions
Revenues in €mn
DBAG Fund VI
As of 31 December 2022
Dieter Braun is a specialist in cable systems and interior vehicle lighting. The company’s products connect a vehicle’s various sub-systems with its wire harness. Dieter Braun is valued by its customers for being able to deliver efficient solutions of above-average complexity, even for small- to medium-sized quantities and with variable lead times.The internationally active company achieves a smaller part of its turnover with components for machine and plant construction as well as for the household appliance industry. Dieter Braun has experienced strong growth since it was founded in 1993. The company has operations in its customers’ major production locations: in addition to its head office in Bayreuth, it has factories in the Czech Republic, the Ukraine, Mexico and China.
annual demand growth expected in the market for cable manufacturing
Potential for development
Dieter Braun is active in the automotive market – an area that is experiencing fundamental growth but is also of a cyclical nature. For the cable assembly segment, an annual growth in demand of eight percent is expected over the coming years, significantly more than the growth rates of the automotive market as a whole. Dieter Braun is benefiting from the growing proportion of electrical and electronic components in vehicles and from the trend towards production outsourcing among original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers. The company has used various applications to position itself in a field that will be vital in the future: e-mobility. This means that the company is now considered a key player for its customers in the automotive supply industry. To further develop the company, the technological and customer base is to be broadened, also through company acquisitions. Turnover is to return to the previous level after the significant decline due to the structural crisis in the automotive industry and the pandemic.
Volker Bonsels joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 1995 and became a Managing Director in 2001.
He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Technology, Kaiserslautern, and also studied at the University of Warwick. He started his professional career as a trainee in corporate banking at Deutsche Bank.
Volker Bonsels has 27 years of experience in private equity. He was, and is, a member of the advisory councils at those portfolio companies in which DBAG invested under his lead capacity. He has extensive expertise in a variety of sectors, including building components, industrial services and mechanical and plant engineering. Among the most successful transactions he led are Coperion, Lewa and Otto Sauer Achsenfabrik.