Ventana Beteiligungsgesellschaft m.b.H FVV Frauenthal Vermögensverwaltung GmbH (today's FVV Frauenthal Vermögensverwaltung GmbH) acquires the Styria Federn Group, which manufactures steel springs for trucks.
Frauenthal acquires a Finnish spring factory in Billnäs from Imatra Steel (closed in 2006).
Frauenthal acquires the Linnemann-Schnetzer Group – the European market leader in steel braking system pressure vessels – boosting the revenue of the Frauenthal Automotive Division to EUR 170 million (m).
A new factory unit is built to manufacture diesel catalysts at the Frauental site, at a cost of EUR 5m. Ceram Catalysts GmbH is transferred to the Frauenthal Automotive Divisions Customer in order to exploit customer synergies
(in 2009 the company is merged with Porzellanfabrik Frauenthal GmbH).
The Linnemann-Schnetzer Hungary air reservoir plant is closed.
Frauenthal acquires leading U-bolt manufacturer Pol-Necks, Torun, Poland and the A.D. Fabrika Opruga Styria Gibnjara Kraljevo spring factory in Serbia.
Frauenthal disposes of Styria Federn GmbH, Düsseldorf, along with subsidiary Styria Gibnjara Kraljevo in response to the crisis.
The Syria Vzmeti plant in Slovenia is mothballed in an effort to reduce capacity. The Styria Elsefrance air reservoir and stabiliser factory in St. Avold, France is shut down to adjust capacity.
The division achieves turnaround thanks to the tough restructuring measures taken in 2009 and the recovery of the commercial vehicle industry.
The brands "Linnemann-Schnetzer", "Styria" and "Pol-Necks" merge to "Frauenthal Automotive" as of 1 July 2012.
Acquisition of the Czech airtank manufacturer Worthington Cylinders a.s.
Acquisition of Gnotec AB, a Swedish manufacturer of metal components used in automotive and industrial applications (2012: revenue EUR 80m, 400 employees)
Acquisition of Termoreguator AB, sheet metal parts producer based in Motala, Sweden
Sale of leaf springs and stabilisers business in Austria, France and Romania to TBC Netherlands
The plant in Portugal, Frauenthal Automotive Azambuja Unipessoal Lda., is closed.
Acquisition of the German forges in Plettenberg and Rosswein from Mahle GmbH.
Sale of the U-Bolts business in Poland to the American group Hendrickson.