Refrigeration Eckert Group takes over Gartner, Keil & Co.

Steinbeis M&A, lead-managed by Ulrich Praßler, advised Kälte Eckert GmbH, Markgröningen, on the acquisition of Gartner, Keil & Co. Klima- und Kältetechnik GmbH, Neulußheim.

About Kälte Eckert GmbH

Kälte Eckert GmbH, a portfolio company of VR Equitypartner, specialises in special plant engineering for commercial refrigeration with a focus on large kitchens, industrial refrigeration and air conditioning. In addition, the company is the nationwide technology leader in the field of alternative ecological refrigerants. Its customers include major corporations such as Daimler, UniCredit and LBBW. Founded in 1966 by Horst Eckert, the company is now managed by his sons Michael Eckert and Holger Eckert.

About VR Equitypartner GmbH

VR Equitypartner is one of the leading equity financiers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Medium-sized family businesses are supported in a goal-oriented manner and with decades of experience in the strategic solution of complex financing issues. Investment opportunities include growth and expansion financing, company successions or shareholder changes. VR Equitypartner offers majority and minority shareholdings as well as mezzanine financing. As a subsidiary of DZ BANK, the central institution of the cooperative banks, VR Equitypartner consistently puts the sustainability of corporate development before short-term exit thinking. VR Equitypartner’s portfolio currently comprises around 100 commitments with an investment volume of EUR 500 million.

About Gartner, Keil & Co. Klima- und Kältetechnik GmbH

Founded in 1990, Gartner, Keil & Co. Klima- und Kältetechnik GmbH, Neulußheim, specialises in consulting and sales of customised systems in the fields of refrigeration and air-conditioning technology, cold storage technology, cold and deep-freeze rooms and special plant engineering. The products and solutions offered are used in both the private and commercial sectors. Gartner, Keil & Co. currently employs 16 people.

About Steinbeis M&A

Steinbeis M&A offers clients a comprehensive and professional range of consulting or services in the areas of company sales, company acquisitions, succession planning, capital procurement and related M&A consulting services, across all industries. Clients are in particular medium-sized entrepreneurs, companies and groups of companies in Germany and abroad, but also international groups of companies that want to establish themselves in the medium-sized market. There are currently 17 partners at Steinbeis M&A, who have completed over 150 successful transactions. Steinbeis M&A is a company of the Steinbeis Group (, one of the leading service providers for consulting and technology transfer in Europe.


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