HÜBNER takes a stake in the start-up eta|opt
HÜBNER has acquired a minority interest in eta|opt GmbH. This represents an intensification of its engagement in addition to the existing operative cooperation between the two companies. eta|opt has been working together with HÜBNER GmbH & Co. KG in the area of equipment housing since last year.
Winner of the business plan competition "promotion Nordhessen", the young high-tech company eta|opt GmbH is gaining a strong partner with HÜBNER to help with the further development of its innovative solutions in the field of vacuum applications for industry.
Since its founding in June 2015, eta|opt GmbH has developed efficient vacuum-based lifting devices for industry. The patented eta|opt technology is put to use wherever components need to be lifted in automated processes using a vacuum – for example when lifting plastic covers or in handling cartons. The eta|opt solution achieves energy savings of more than 60 percent in comparison to conventional processes; it also recognizes automatically whether objects have been picked up properly or not. In the summer of 2016, company founder and inventor of the technology Dr. Christoph Pohl brought the idea of vacuum lifting to the market in two products that should increase efficiency of production processes for industrial companies. eta|opt now has 12 employees and is located in Science Park Kassel, close to the University of Kassel.
HÜBNER has been a main sponsor of the business plan competition "promotion Nordhessen" for many years. In 2014, HÜBNER had its first contact with the award winner for innovative start-ups and the winner of that year's special prize for "decentralized energies" coming from SMA. "Since then we have been in ongoing contact with eta|opt and have been watching the developments leading to their market launch very closely," says Harald Ossendorff, Managing Director of HÜBNER GmbH & Co. KG. "We are very pleased to be supporting a promising start-up from our region," adds Claus Schäfer, also from the HÜBNER management.
Dr. Christoph Pohl, Managing Director and founder of eta|opt GmbH, comments: "We are pleased to have a strong partner at our side with HÜBNER. The discussions leading up to their investment and the negotiations were very pleasant. The arrangements with HÜBNER are simple and direct, and that's important for us as a start-up. We're sure that with HÜBNER we have the right partner at our side."
More about eta|opt: www.etaopt.de