Gienanth, Eisenberg/Pfalz (Germany)

Iron casting for broadly diversified end markets


Gienanth is probably the portfolio company with the longest tradition: iron has been processed in Eisenberg/Pfalz, the foundry group's headquarters, since 1735. The site in Fronberg can be traced back to the year 1449. Today, the Gienanth Group with its six locations is one of the most efficient innovation leaders in the industry. The broadly diversified customer portfolio includes world market leaders who are supplied globally. In particular, the partnerships that have grown up with respected manufacturers of large engines form a stable basis for further growth.

About one third of the turnover is accounted for by cylinder crankcases for engine blocks, which are manufactured in the hand-mould casting process and are very demanding in terms of process technology. These are used as diesel, gas and hydrogen engines; gas engines in generators for decentralised energy supply (for example also in data centres for cloud applications) or as power supply or drive units on ships, locomotives and in other large vehicles. For such crankcases, Gienanth is the leading supplier worldwide. The company also has a leading position in another business area, machine mould casting. It produces highly stressed castings in large quantities, mainly clutch and brake components for the automotive and commercial vehicle industries.

The portfolio is rounded off by expertise in machining and providing ready-to-install system components - whether as individual parts or in large series.

Management Buyout

Majority investment of DBAG Fund VI
First invested
March 2015
Revenues 2022

As of 30 June 2023



Lucas Herbert
Lucas Herbert
Lucas Herbert
+49 69 95787-208

Lucas Herbert

Managing Director

Lucas Herbert joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 2007 and became a Managing Director in 2015.

Lucas Herbert has 15 years of experience in the private equity sector. During this time, he has gained extensive knowledge, particularly in the IT services/software, mechanical and plant engineering and healthcare sectors. Lucas Herbert has been involved in a large number of corporate investments and disposals. These include Romaco, Spheros, Gienanth and Silbitz. He also led the investment process in blikk, Cloudflight and operasan.

He holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, and also studied at the Maastricht University and the University of Newscastle, Australia.

Current portfolio companies

evidia Cloudflight Gienanth operasan Silbitz

Former portfolio companies